Broken Tooth An Emergency

Chipped Your Tooth?

When you chip a tooth badly, it can be a very nerve-wracking situation. Dr. Jones and our team want to provide you with some information that can help if you ever supper a chipped or broken tooth. The most common ways people break their teeth are by biting down on something hard, getting hit in the mouth, falling down, or developing cavities that weaken the tooth and allow it to be broken easily. There are a few things that you can do if you find yourself in this situation.

Investigate The Tooth

We recommend that you investigate whether the tooth is partially chipped or completely broken.  Unless you are experiencing a lot of pain or bleeding, this should not be treated as an emergency.

If your teeth show severe damage such as a serious break, split tooth, split root or decay-induced break, Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones may need to take more time to fix the problem. If you need emergency dental care because a tooth has fallen out, call our practice immediately to schedule an appointment for that day. If you are waiting for an emergency appointment, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water and apply slight pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. We recommend using an ice pack to reduce the swelling, but don’t take any aspirin because that may increase the bleeding.

If your tooth has completely fallen out of the socket, hold it by the crown and rinse it under running water. Don’t let the tooth become dry, instead place it in salt water or milk until you get to our office. We will then determine if the tooth can be salvaged or will need to be completely replaced.

When dealing with emergencies be sure to schedule an appointment at Hendersonville Family Dentistry as soon as an emergency situation occurs.

 

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Are You Thinking of Getting Braces?

What Is The Best Age For Braces?

One question that many people, especially parents face is; what is the best age for braces? Get them too early and further treatment might be required later on in life; get them too late and they may need to be worn longer period of time or cause additional problems for the already angst-ridden teenage years.

There’s no universal right answer to this question, but we can draw from our years of experience to provide some advice on factors to consider when deciding the best age for braces.

Hendersonville Dentist Recommends:

We recommend having a child evaluated for braces as early as seven. This does not mean that braces will be applied that early, but it can give you a road map of what future treatment might look like. By age seven, most baby teeth have started to come out and an orthodontist can get a good sense of what the alignment of permanent teeth will look like. In some cases, braces or partial teeth aligners may be applied at this stage if a child is having difficulty talking or eating due to poor teeth alignment.

If your child needs braces at an early age, be prepared to help him or her take care of them. Wearing braces can provide a valuable lesson in self-care, but may require additional intervention until good habits are formed.

Hendersonville Dentist || Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Hendersonville Dentist

Thanksgiving is this week, I can already taste the delicious food already! While I am excited about the holiday food, and the time spent with my family I can overhear my staff telling each other the Black Friday deals that they plan on taking advantage of. Are you a Black Friday shopper? I use to be, until I went shopping at the mall in Nashville and a fight broke out. I think I will stay in this year, and look for the Cyber Monday deals. Less people to deal with, and it comes right to my door.

So we have to ask you, how will you be spending Thanksgiving? Will you be running to different family homes to enjoy more than one meal? Will you be sitting with your family as you par take in the wonderful Thanksgiving food and getting a plan of when and where you will be starting your Black Friday shopping? Are you starting Thursday night on some of those Black Friday deals or will you be getting up early in the morning to get out and beat the crowd for a limited number of items on sale?

Either way we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your friends & family!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours.

This week our office will have different set hours for the holiday weekend. Monday & Tuesday we will be open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thursday, Friday & Saturday our office will be closed so our staff can enjoy their holiday with their family. We will re open on Monday at 8:00 am and resume normal office hours.

Happy Thanksgiving from Hendersonville Family Dentistry!

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Solar Eclipse In Hendersonville, TN

Once In A Lifetime Experience.

Today was the Solar Eclipse, where were you viewing the Solar Eclipse? We had planned on having a Solar Eclipse party at our office, but most of our appointments ended up falling a part so most of our staff ended up leaving early to go back to their neck of the woods to view the Solar Eclipse. The last time the U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. How neat was it though that we were in the path of totality?

Where Did You Watch The Eclipse?

So we want to know where you were when you were watching the eclipse. Were you at work with your co-workers, at home with your family, with friends, or did you simply just watch it on TV to play it safe? We were excited to experience this once in a lifetime sighting and we hope you were too. Let us know below what you thought of the Solar Eclipse. 

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum Disease Can Be Painful

Gum disease can be painful and lead to missing teeth if you don’t treat it properly. However, there are plenty of things you can do to lower your risk of getting gingivitis and periodontal disease. Here are five easy ways to prevent gum disease.

Five Ways To Prevent Gum Disease.

  1. Brush your teeth: Basic oral hygiene is the first line of defense against gum disease. You can remove plaque from your teeth with regular careful brushing, but you can’t remove tartar with your regular toothbrush. So it’s best to brush at least twice a day, or after each meal to continuously remove plaque from your teeth,
  2. Stop Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease.
  3. Eat Right: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and strawberries, for their Vitamin C which is an antioxidant Vitamin E, which is another antioxidant, nuts, plant based oils and wheat germ.
  4.  Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry regularly: You might not be able to detect gum disease even if you watch for symptoms Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones can detect signs of gum disease before you do.
  5. Catch it Early: Gum disease can include sensitivity while brushing your teeth or when eating hot, cold, or sugary foods, painful or bleeding gums and loos teeth. You might also notice you have bad breath for no reason. Make an appointment with our office if you think you may have gum disease.

Is My Headaches Related To TMD?

What Is TMD?

That ache in your head may stem from your jaw. If your jaw falls out of alignment, you could have temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.

It’s not clear what causes TMD. Obesity may factor in. Stress and pressure on the jaw may also contribute. A misaligned bite ( where your upper and lower teeth don’t fit together when you close your mouth) may cause TMD symptoms, too.

TMD can affect your life and health by making it painful to eat and hard to sleep. Some people find the nagging pain difficult to bear.

Symptoms of TMD May Include:

  • Recurring headaches with no other cause
  • Pain along and behind the ears
  • Pain in your cheeks or lower face
  • Clicking noises when you talk or chew
  • Tired or sore jaw muscles after eating
  • Limited jaw movement

If you experience the symptoms listed here, make an appointment with our office. We’ll take an X-ray to look at your bite, and determine if TMD could be the culprit.

TMD left untreated headaches and other symptoms can become quite severe. Don’t feel like you have to live in pain, make an appointment with Hendersonville Family Dentistry to learn how we can reduce your pain and restore comfort to your life.

Easing The Teething Blues

What To Expect With Teething

Most babies begin teething around the age of six months, when the lower central incisors start to appear. Shortly after this time, the upper central incisors poke through, followed by the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars. Unfortunately, you’ll probably know that your baby is teething not because you see these teeth come in, but because your baby will be in discomfort. These are some of the signs to watch for when you’re expecting your baby to begin teething.

  • Tender and sore gums
  • More drooling than before
  • Being crankier than usual
  • Chewing on hard objects.

What You Can Do To Ease Teething Blues

As a parent you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is comfortable. 

  • Take a clean moistened wash cloth or use your own washed finger to rub your baby’s fums and provide relief due to the pressure.
  • Provide a firm rubber teething ring for your baby to use, but don’t use the type that is filled with liquid.
  • Use a bottle. A bottle filled with cold water can be soothing. Don’t give your baby formula, milk, or juice constantly because the sugar can cause tooth decay.
  • Medications can help for extreme crankiness. Infant Tylenol is an example, but it’s best to check with your pediatrician before giving your baby medications.

You might also want to take special care to dry the drool. It’s not just to keep yourself and your baby dry. Keeping your baby’s skin dry can help prevent irritation.

What To Do While In Between Dental Visits?

Good Oral Hygiene is A Must.

When it comes to keeping your smile looking its best, good oral hygiene is a must. Good oral hygiene should start early and continue throughout your lifetime. Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones suggest five habits worth adopting that will help keep your teeth happy.

Five Habits Worth Adopting

  • Brush and floss regularly. Brush gently twice a day, paying special attention the the gum line to rid your mouth of food that may lurk between teeth. Floss at least once a day.
  • Make regular visits to see our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. Regular checkups (twice yearly) will help diagnose any dental problems early on when they can be more easily treated.
  • Stop smoking! Tobacco, whether in the form of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or chew-able tobacco increases oral and throat cancer risks.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Heavy drinking dramatically increases the risk of developing mouth and throat cancers.
  • Eat Healthy, avoid snacking on foods that contain high levels of sugar or starch. We encourage you to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

To learn more about the habits you should practice between your visits to Hendersonville Family Dentistry, or schedule an appointment. Please give us a call today.

Hendersonville Dentist Nominated for Best Dentist

Nominated for Best Dentist in Nashville TN

Nominations are now open for Middle Tennessee’s annual Toast Readers’ Choice Awards and we want to know your favorite local places to dine, shop, travel and do business in Nashville, TN. Categories include food and drink, people, retail stores, places, services and counties. Awards are given for everything from best bakery and best-family friendly dining to best comedy club and best shoe store. This year’s Toast Awards will include businesses from all of Middle Tennessee not just Nashville.

Hendersonville Family Dentistry Needs Your Votes

Our office is thrilled to be nominated for our services under “Best Dentist”. There are only 15 days left for you to cast your vote for our office. You don’t just have to cast your vote for our office, take the time to cast your vote for other people, food, places in and around the Middle Tennessee area. Click here to begin voting now.

Hendersonville Dentist Wants to Hear from You

What Are You Doing This Summer?

I feel as if I was just writing about how Summer has just began and school’s were dismissing for the summer. Now I can’t believe we just celebrated the Fourth of July holiday. Summer is flying by, at least it seems that way for most of us here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. Since the dog days of summer are upon us we want to hear from you!

How Are You Spending Your Summer?

Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip or just stayed in Hendersonville, TN and relaxed, we want to know how you are all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and or experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!

Most of us at Hendersonville Family Dentistry have family trips planed. Some have went to the beach, experienced a cruise, went to the mountains, and some of have simply just hung out by the pool or lake all summer long.