How To Avoid Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay Is Preventable.

Good news! Yes, in fact, tooth decay is preventable. Decay, which is caused by sugars left in your child’s mouth, can turn into an acid which in turn can break down his or her teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits.

How To Prevent Tooth Decay.

  • Start early: After the age of two, brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. And, if possible, clean between the teeth with dental floss at least once a day, preferably before they go to bed.
  • Don’t allow your little ones to eat after cleaning teeth at bedtime, as salivary flow decreases while they sleep and their teeth become vulnerable to cavities.
  • Do not allow your little ones to nibble food or sip drinks continuously, and keep in mind that a low sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay. Allow time between meals for saliva to neutralize acids and repair teeth.
  • Drinking water frequently throughout the day can also reduce the possibility of new cavities forming.
  • Dental Sealants can also protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria.

Finally make sure your child visits Hendersonville Family Dentistry approximately every six months for checkup and routine cleaning.

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Fall Break Already?!

School is Out for Fall Break..Already?

Can you believe that it’s already fall break for most school’s in and around the Nashville area? I am just in disbelief that we are already into the middle of October. In just twenty days you will have your door bell, or door being knocked on from several trick or treater’s. I have to say it was nice to drive into work this morning and not have to fight the school traffic.

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Perfect Time For Dental Cleaning or Dental Work

This week is the PERFECT week for you or your children to get into our office for your dental cleaning or the dental work you have been putting off. Please, remember to use your dental insurance benefits. You get an allotted amount put into your account each year for you to be able to see a dentist for dental work or cleaning’s and not come out of pocket. Why are you allowing these to go to waste? Why not use this FREE money! You don’t want to wait until after Thanksgiving to try and get in we book up rather quickly during this time. So, since it’s fall break try and get into our office this week. Remember we are open every Saturday 8:00 am- 2:00 pm.

Are You Choosing the Right Toothpaste?

Gone Are The Simple Choices.

Toothpaste no longer comes in simple choices of fluoride and fresh breath. Paste is not even the only option. You can choose gel forms and even some with ribbons of color and flavor. With so many varieties available, it may be difficult to know which feature or combinations of ingredients are best for your mouth.

Four Things Your Toothpaste Must Have.

  1. Fluoride- The majority of all dental patients should use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth; it makes them stronger and more resistant to cavities. Even if you live in an area that adds fluoride to your drinking water, the fluoride  protection in toothpaste is necessary.
  2. Sensitivity Protection- If your teeth are sensitive to temperatures, toothpaste with sensitivity  protection can work wonders for your discomfort. Ingredients in these pastes or gels work to block the pathways to the nerves that react to hot or cold. Do not give up on this type of toothpaste after a few days, the full results may take a few weeks.
  3. Plaque, Tartar, and Gingivitis Protection- Everyone has bacteria in his or her mouth, and this bacteria is normal. Unfortunately, some bacteria also causes plaque. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens into tartar or calculus. Tartar is an almost cement like substance that can not be removed by brushing alone. When bacteria and tartar are left behind, the deposits will form under the gum line. This leads to gingivitis.
  4. Whitening- White teeth are desirable, and manufacturers are heavily marketing whitening toothpastes. Most brands do not contain bleaching ingredients, they use abrasives to polish stains away. Too much abrasives can be damaging to your teeth. If you’re interested in teeth whitening, our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry can recommend a number of safe and effective options.

Remember you can always ask Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones about the best choice in toothpaste to meet your individual needs. Remember to look for the ADA approval seal on any toothpaste you are considering.