It’s Snowing In Hendersonville, TN

Hendersonville Dentist Talks Snow

It’s January 16, 2018 and we are getting pounded with another round of snow. Last Friday we had to close the practice due to icy and snow conditions. Today we are getting another round of just snow thankfully. Most of our patients yesterday called to cancel or reschedule their appointments due to the threat of the weather.

When it snows do you brave it and get out in the weather or do you stay inside where it’s warm. I know most of my staff is from other parts other than Hendersonville, so we all like to see who has the most snow in their area. Those that live in the Cottontown or Portland area usually always beat everyone else.

Our Office Is Open

Our office will be open today, so if you do have a dental appointment with us as of right now we are going to be open. Please call before you brave the weather to ensure that we are still open. Please keep an eye on our Facebook or Instagram to make sure we aren’t closing early or any other issues that may arise.

Enjoy your snow day if you are staying in, and be safe if you are driving into work today.

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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.

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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 Family Dentistry

Are You Scared of the Dentist?

A trip to the dentist’s shouldn’t scare you. On the contrary, you’re taking charge of your health, which should ideally make you feel empowered. After your dental appointment, you’ll have a bright smile, and the improved self-confidence that goes along with it.

Why Dental Offices Do Certain Things.

Why do I have to wear protective eyewear? The glare of the bulb is intentionally bright so that the dentist or dental hygienist can see into the deepest recesses of your mouth. Your dentist also understands that fluids fly out of your mouth and into the air. Whether you’re getting a cleaning or something more serious, the contact of a dental tool with your teeth and gums regularly causes splash, and you don’t want any fluids getting into your eyes.

Why does the dental worker wear protective eyewear? Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones require all employees to wear eyewear or face shield which protects them in the same way. These employees often bend over to work inside your mouth. They need the same protection you do. Our employees don’t want your germs any more than you want theirs, so the protective gear safeguards them against blood and other fluids as much as you.

Why do dentist use dental dams? First of all, what is a dental dam? It’s a thin layer of latex which is commonly spread over an area to prevent direct contact between things. Dr. Harbin will attach the dental dam to a specific area of your mouth that he wishes to work on. He then secures it in place by adding a connecting clamp to hold it into place.

 

With the information provided above, we hope that you now have a better understanding of what we do, and why we do it. If you don’t understand we are always happy to answer your questions.

 

 

 

Cross bite Correction

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If you are like most people you may not have a full understanding of what a cross-bite is until you or a family member is diagnosed with one. Basically, there are two types of cross-bites and both of them can lead to to jaw pain, TMJ, and other issues such as receding gums and loose teeth. These side effects are not things that anyone wants to deal with, but the good news is that cross-bites are treatable. There are cross-bite correction and treatment options available and we’re here to help you understand a few of your options.

Cross bites occurs when there is a misalignment of your upper teeth in relation to your lower teeth.

Types of Cross Bites

There are generally two types of cross-bites, anterior & posterior cross-bites. A posterior cross-bite is what occurs when your upper teeth fall inside your lower teeth and on one side when you bite down. An anterior cross-bite, which is similar to an under bite, this occurs when your top front teeth fall behind your lower front teeth when you bite down.

Both types of cross bites can be corrected and the sooner they are remedied the better.

The best place to start is by talking to your dentist about cross-bite correction and treatment options available to you or your child. As we’ve mentioned, cross-bites that are left untreated can cause even larger health issues down the road.

 

 

Family Dentistry Benefiting You!

What is Family Dentistry?

Family dentistry is a popular term in dentistry and is often mistaken for general dentistry. Actually, family dentistry is your one shop solution for all of your dental needs. Family dentists provide dental care to people of all ages. If you have children at home, then you can consider visiting a family dentist. Their expertise lies in providing the best solution for you and your family’s oral well-being. They understand the dental needs of children, adults, and the elderly very well.

Family Dentist Provide Services Such As:

  • Orthodontics
  • Gum Disease Treatments
  • Filling of Cavity
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Regular Cleanings ‘
  • Dental Extractions
  • Professional Teeth Whitening
  • Wisdom Tooth removal

There are some great benefits of having a family dentist.For example there is no age criteria, it’s a one stop solution for all of your dental needs. We are open six days a week so there is 24/7 help available. ¬†Best of all you have a life long membership. There isn’t an reason to visit another dentist for any reason. Your child can be treated for their dental needs at the same place when they grow into adults. Your family’s record will be there and the quality of service will not be compromised. In a nutshell having a family dentist would be a great choice in several ways.

Preventing Bad Breath!

Reducing or Eliminating Bad Breath.

Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others.

Ways to Reduce Bad Breath

  • Floss regularly- As difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen your mouth. By flossing you are reducing the plaque and bacteria found in areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply can’t reach, and in return it rids your mouth of the smell associated with that bacteria.
  • Use Mouthwash- Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find it still smells after ¬†brushing and flossing.
  • Always Brush After You Sleep- Whether after taking a nap, or having a full nights sleep, you will want to brush your teeth in order to reduce bad breath. The truth is, bacteria accumulates in your mouth while you are sleeping ( even during a short nap) and that is ultimately the source of bad breath.

There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduce.

Oral Health For My Child

What Should I Use to Clean My Baby’s Teeth?

You might think babies don’t need to brush their teeth, especially when they don’t have any. By starting good habits like brushing when your child is young, you can lay the foundation for them to continue those good habits into adulthood.

The best time to start brushing your baby’s teeth is before he or she has any at all. Develop the habit of wiping your baby’s gums with a wet, soft washcloth or gauze each day. There is no need to use toothpaste, just wrap the gauze or cloth around your finger, moisten it with a little water, and gently rub it over the gums.

This helps your little one get used to brushing while it eliminates bacteria in the mouth that can harm emerging teeth.

What Do I Use?

When your child’s teeth begin to come in, you will need to switch from a cloth to a baby toothbrush. Find one that has a big grip big enough for your hand , but a head that is small enough to maneuver in your infant’s mouth.

You don’t need to use any toothpaste until your son or daughter is about a year old. Even then though, you’ll want to use just a tiny amount:about the size of a grain of rice. When your toddler is two years old you can use a pea-sized amount.

In addition to regular visits with Dr. Harbin and or Dr. Jones, instilling good oral health habits in your child early will ensure a lifetime of good dental health.

Do I Need A Water Pick?

Water Picks Are They For Me?

Water picks, sometimes called “oral irrigators”, make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. Especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces, water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wire brackets.

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What Does A Water Pick Do?

When using a water pick, you’re not only dislodging any particles or debris and bacteria you might have missed when brushing, you are also gently massaging the gums, which helps promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy. While water picks are an excellent addition to your daily fight against gingivitis and other periodontal diseases, they are incapable of fully removing plaque, which is why Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry want to remind you to keep brushing and flossing.

Please give us a call at Hendersonville Family Dentistry if you have any questions about water picks or ask Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones during your next visit!

Thanksgiving Tooth Troubles

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Most people probably don’t add “a healthy smile” to the list of things they’re thankful for, but they should! Make sure your smile stays healthy over the holiday season by following these toothy tips.

Be mindful while filling your plate on Thanksgiving. It not only affect your waistline, but your teeth, too! Foods high in carbohydrates and sugars, like casseroles and pies, are hard on your teeth. Avoid a carb overload by selecting protein, vegetables, and fruits first. This will leave less room on your plate for those unhealthy options.

It’s okay to indulge in a few sweets on Thanksgiving, but be careful munching down on your Aunt’s famous pecan pie. It’s full of sugar and also very sticky, which allows the sugars to cling to enamel. While we are talking about nuts, here’s another tip: Never shell them with your teeth. This taboo technique can lead to broken of chipped teeth.

If you have a long drive home after a holiday meal and forget to bring a toothbrush, be sure to chew a piece of sugar-free-gum. It will also reduce the acid level in your mouth.

Tooth Catastrophe on Thanksgiving

If you happen to experience a tooth catastrophe while you’re out of town, try these home remedies until you can get to your dentist or a dental office.

  • For a chipped tooth or broken filling, place a piece of dental wax over sharp edges to protect the inside of your mouth and lips.
  • Broken dental appliances, such as braces or dentures, can also be covered with dental wax to prevent irritation. Dental wax can be found at most drug stores.
  • A detached crown can be temporarily reattached with denture adhesive.
  • If you find yourself with a cut in your mouth, use clean, moist gauze to apply pressure for five minutes until the bleeding stops. You can also try the same method with a moistened teabag.

 

 

Happy Halloween-Hendersonville Dentist

Happy Halloween To Our Patients

It’s finally here the day your kids have looked forward to ever since it turned October 1, 2016. That’s right, today is Halloween, where ghost, goblins, and Elsa will soon be crowding your street and saying “trick or treat”. Most parent’s and even teacher’s dread Halloween for one reason, all the candy! How is it on one night your kids will rack up enough candy to last an entire year and of course they want to sit and eat everything as soon as they get home.

Trick Or Treat Smell My Feet!

To avoid any melt downs this Halloween season we have a few tips for you and your little one’s.

Allow your child to look through all of his or her candy, no need to immediately take it away. Sort through it and see what your child even likes or doesn’t like, and make sure you know which candies you want your child to have and which ones you would rather seen thrown away.

Encourage your child to eat a few pieces of candy, but discourage having to eat all of his or her candy within a couple of days. What works at my house is we have a designated time we can enjoy one of our Halloween treats each day. This way I can serve something healthy and a sweet treat along with it so they are at least following up with a healthy snack after indulging in a unhealthy little candy bar, or sucker.

We freeze some of the chocolates at our house, and grab them back out throughout the year for them to enjoy. Stay away from the sticky candies that will stick to your child’s teeth.

While letting your child enjoy his or her candy, also explain that brushing and flossing properly is important after eating candy throughout the day. This a great time to teach your child the proper way to care for their teeth especially after eating more than usual candy consumption.

Come into our office today to see our staff dressed up for the holiday, say “trick or treat” and get a free toothbrush!