Hendersonville Dentist Is Smiling

When Was The Last Time You Visited HFD?

When Was The Last Time You Visited Us?

Come say hello twice a year, multiple visits a year lets us keep an eye out for any developing issues. It’s important to remember that this goes for the whole family, children over one year old should be seeing Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones.

Stay fresh at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we have a virtually unlimited stock of toothbrushes and floss which means you have no excuse to be using a sad ineffective toothbrush. As soon as bristles begin to fray, pick up a new one or stop by our office in Hendersonville, TN and we’ll replace yours. On average you should be opening a new one every two to three months.

Brush & Floss For Goodness Sake!

Flossing is an efficient way to keep your whole mouth healthy. It not only protects your teeth by removing aggregated plaque, it keeps your gums happy too. Practicing regular healthy habits is essential to keeping your mouth and us happy. When it comes to brushing that means two minutes, two times a day. If your kids need some encouragement, try making a calendar or playing a song.

One way you can help us is spreading the love. Tell your friends about what a good thing we’ve got going here.

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Valentines Day In Hendersonville TN

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and spend quality hours with the people you care about the most. Whether you’re in a relationship or single, take some time today to appreciate those you love in your life.

Idea’s To Celebrate Valentines Day This Year

  • Enjoy a tasty treat. There are plenty of options when it comes to cooking and/or baking on Valentine’s Day. Make your significant other his or her favorite meal or sweet treat, or make your own favorite dish to enjoy on this day. Oh, and be sure to make enough for leftovers!
  • Make a personalized card. Instead of buying a card from the grocery store, take the time to make your own for a loved one. People love handwritten notes, especially when it’s from someone special. If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, make a card for fellow single friend to brighten the day and remind the person that he or she is also loved.
  • Watch a movie. We all know there are plenty of romance movies out there. Put on your favorite romantic comedy, or pick up your significant other’s favorite movie to watch together. Even better, if you’re single, pick up your own favorite movies to watch to pass the time this Valentine’s Day.
  • Do nothing! We all know Valentine’s Day can sometimes get a lot of hype. If you’re worried about not making a reservation in time, don’t feel like planning an extravagant night out, or simply not in the holiday mood this year, spend your day sitting back and relaxing.

From Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.

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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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.

Preventing Oral Cancer

When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

The American Cancer Society recommends an oral cancer screening exam every three years for people over the age of 20 and annually for those over the age of 40. The five year survival rate is only 50 percent and oral cancer which is the sixth most common diagnosed form of the disease, is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Our team would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of our patients the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent the disease.

Preventing Oral Cancer Your Role

  • Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in both sides of your neck and under your lower jaw. Please give us a call immediately if you notice any changes in the appearance of your mouth or any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above.
  • Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products and drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Eat a well balanced diet, this includes a wide variety of foods from the five primary food groups on a daily basis to meet the recommended amounts of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats you need in a given day.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun. Repeated exposure increases the risk of cancer on the lips, especially the lower lip.  When out in the sun, be sure to use UV-A/B blocking sun protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips.

Please let us know if you have any questions about your oral health, either during your next scheduled visit, by giving us a call or scheduling your appointment today.

Warning Signs of Gingivitis

What Is Gingivitis

Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is an early stage of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, it’s important to visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry to get the proper treatment, since home care isn’t enough to get rid of the plaque that leads to tartar and eventually to gum disease. Monitor yourself to see if you have these signs or gingivitis, and get help as soon as you can to prevent the progression to periodontitis. Your vigilance could save your teeth.

Risk Factors To Be Aware Of.

  1. You have one or more risk factors: You are more likely to get gum disease if you have the following risk factors.
    You’re a smoker
    You are a female going through puberty, pregnancy, or menopause.
    You have diabetes
    You have a compromised immune system, as the case if you have HIV/AIDS
    You have a family history of gum disease.
  2. You have inflammation in your gums: Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, and that is a tell-tale sign of the condition. The four standard signs of inflammation are pain, redness, swelling, and a higher temperature than normal.
  3. You teeth seem to be moving around: Loose teeth are a classic sign of periodontists. You may also have them if you have gingivitis. They can occur when your gum line recedes, or as the result of having soft bone n your jaw.

Call our office if any of these warning signs apply to you

Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day.

February 14th 2017

Every year on the 14th February, card companies, florists, and restaurants make a fortune. Since a nice card, a nice bunch of flowers, and a nice dinner seem to be what most couples have in mind. It’s great to feel loved, but this traditional Valentine’s scenario is a little too plain, a little dull, and more than a little cheesy. Get creative, and read on to find out how you can make Valentine’s Day more unique and memorable.

Make Valentines Unique & Memorable.

Instead of giving him or her one of the cheesy store bought cards, why not be a little more creative and unique. You can go out and find one of those town artists who will draw a portrait of the two of you. This way you have something you can treasure forever and it won’t be thrown away like the store bought card you are thinking about getting.

Unless your partner genuinely adores flowers, skip the trip to the florist. Flowers are pretty but they are ridiculously expensive and die within a few days. The best gift on Valentine’s day is an experience gift, the great thing about experience gift is this is something the two of you can do together  and make memories while doing it. A trip to the spa, wine tastings, cooking classes or if you want something more extreme what about sky diving, bungee-jumping, or trekking. Search the web and I am sure you can find something that interest the both of you!

For the date instead of doing what everyone else is doing why not make a list of things you have never done or always wanted to do in your local area. Then see how many things you can squeeze into one day. The key to a creative and fun Valentine’s Day is to do something that you have never done before and no-one else is doing. Don’t get stuck waiting 90 minutes for a table at the most popular restaurant. Do something exciting and something unique and something personal to the both of you.

Happy almost Valentine’s Day lovebirds!

Clean Your Teeth While You Eat

Detergent Foods:

Did you know that there are certain foods you can eat which help to clean your teeth? We call them “detergent foods”. In dentistry we look at the impact of food in three ways: the kind of food, how often it is eaten, and when it is eaten. Detergent foods should be the last piece of food you consume during a meal for best results. Think of them as the closest you get to brushing your teeth.

A healthy diet is important for oral health as well as overall health, but there are some particular foods that can help clean your teeth and mouth.

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Celery Sticks
  • Popcorn
  • Cucumbers
  • Pears
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese

As you can see, detergent foods are usually foods that are firm and crisp. They act like scrubbers on and around your teeth and gums and bring your mouth pH back to 7.0 which is optimal.

Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth.

Cookies, cakes, breads, chips, crackers, soft drinks, dried fruit and candies. This is what many people’s diets are full of which provide carbohydrates (sugar( to the bacteria in your mouth basing an acidic environment and increasing the chances of cavities and decay. These foods are sticky and don’t rinse easily from your mouth. Avoid letting these foods sit on your teeth after eating them.

When you’re about to finish your meal, have an apple, celery stick or carrot . It will act like a “natural toothbrush”. Always remember, these foods are not a replacement for brushing and flossing. Please visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry every six months for your dental checkups.