Hand foot and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a type of contagious viral illness that causes rash in the mouth and on the hands and feet of infants and young children, and , while rare, adults. Characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a bacterium that lives in the human digestive tract. HFMD can spread from person to person, typically via unwashed hands.
How Can My Child Prevent HFMD
There is no known vaccine to defend our child against HFMD. However, the risk of your child contracting the disease can reduced by:
Making sure your child washes his or her hands often.
Throughly cleaning objects and surfaces.
Making sure your child avoids close contact with those who are infected.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It’s a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Warning Signs That Can Signal A Problem
gums that bleed
red, swollen, tender gums
gums that have pulled away from the teeth
persistent bad breath or bad taste
persistent teeth that are loose or separating
any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
any change in the fit of partial dentures
Please see our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily.
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There are only a couple of days until Fall is officially here. In our recent post we wanted you to share with us some of your favorite summer memories you were able to make with your friends & family this summer. While it’s sad to see summer go, and with summer leaving means it gets darker early and the chilly weather will soon be arriving.
What are some things you are looking forward to doing this fall with your friends & family? For me personally I love going to all of the local farms to gather apples, and pumpkins, not to mention going to those frightening haunted houses. Last year I took my entire team to a farm where we participated in a Zombie hunt. We were able to sit on a wagon and shoot zombies and we are looking forward to going back this year.
What Are You Looking Forward to This Fall.
So we are asking you! What are you looking forward to doing this upcoming fall with your friends & family? I know lots of my staff have already been enjoying the pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks. Several have mentioned taking their little’s to pumpkin patches in and around the middle Tennessee area. Like I mentioned before most of my team will enjoy shooting Zombie’s this fall and attending a haunted house.
We need more suggestions though, so comment below what you favorite fall memories are!
It’s the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about Halloween costumes, and Thanksgiving plan in no time. But wait! First, we want to know about your favorite parts of the summer! Did you go on a wonderful family trip? Did you pick up a new hobby or sport? Did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?
Share your favorite memories, stories, or photo’s with us by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.
Hendersonville Family Dentistry’s Favorite Summer Memories.
Below are some of our team’s favorite memories this summer.
“I enjoyed going to CMA Fest”-Alyssa
“I bought a new home & love it”- Shawna
“We moved to White House & into our custom built home”-Tamera
“I enjoyed going to the lake with my family on my in-laws pontoon boat” -Alex
“We enjoyed swimming in our pool, blowing bubbles, and spending as much time outside with our family”-Molly
“Going to the beach with my family”-Liz
“I played a lot of golf”-Dr. Harbin.
“I enjoyed going to visit my family in West Virginia”-Dr. Jones
Dental Flossing Isn’t a Recommendation-It’s a MUST!
When the federal government issued it’s latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. The government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had not been researched as required. They suggest that flossing is weak, and very unreliable. The reason flossing was removed is because the government didn’t find enough quality research to meet its criteria for recommending something!
What’s The Reality of this Problem?
The controversy is a mix of politics, a misunderstanding of how research works, and highlighting a true need for better research in all medicine, especially in dentistry.
The associated press article clearly has a certain slant, in that the aim of the article was to convince people they’ve been duped by the government, their ignorant dentists and most importantly Corporate America, into flossing. The article shows a misunderstanding of gum disease by its writer, claiming that research only looked at “gum inflammation but not gum disease.” Reality check: gum inflammation IS gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth can cause the body’s immune system to wage a war against bacteria. In the process of this drawn out war, there is collateral damage: destruction of gum tissue and bone tissue. Studying the gum inflammation is how one measures the state of gum disease.
Preventing gum disease lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and allows better overall health by reducing inflammation in the body. We HIGHLY recommend flossing at least once per day!
Although teeth are strong enough to tear through food, they are also fragile. An accident such as fall may loosen teeth or knock a tooth out entirely. When a child loses a baby tooth in this manner, no permanent damage is usually done. However adults who loosen their permanent teeth may need to visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry.
When a fall or blow to the face loosens a tooth, the tissues anchoring a tooth to the jaw maybe damaged. This results in a loosened tooth that wiggles in place. There may be inflammation or bleeding of the gums, which signals dental damage.
Treatments for a Loose Tooth.
If your teeth are just slightly loose following a fall, it may be fine to wait a few days. Teeth often re-tighten on their own. Simply avoid chewing with that tooth and enjoy softer foods for a few days.
If a tooth is very loose or nearly falling out, call our office immediately! Immediate placement of the tooth back into the socket is needed to ensure its survival. In general, a tooth must return to its socket within two hours or it may be lost.
Regardless of the extent of the problem, it is essential to keep the tooth clean to prevent decay. Brush carefully with a soft bristled brush, and use mouthwash regularly to kill bacteria.
Nearly 4,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually in the United States, with more than 8,000 dying every year from the disease. Oral cancer has a higher death rate than many other common cancers, including cervical cancer, testicular cancer, lymphoma and thyroid or skin cancers. The high death rate results from the fact that most oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced and has spread to another part of the body, most often, the lymph nodes in the neck.
Risk Factors Affecting Developing Disease.
Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry want you to know that cancers of the mouth and throat which account for about three percent of all cancers in the United States, are largely preventable.
Risk factors that affect the likelihood of developing the disease.
Use of tobacco products including smoking cigarettes, cigars or a pipe, or chewing tobacco all elevate risk for developing oral cancer.
Consumption of alcohol in excess can also increase your risk. If you drink alcohol regularly, you have an elevated risk of getting oral cancer.
Excessive sun exposure. People who spend lots of time outdoors and don’t use proper amounts of sunscreen or lip balm have a greater risk for developing lip cancer.
If you notice any unusual lumps, bumps, red or white patches in your mouth that don’t go away, sores that won’t seem to heal, persistent soreness or pain or difficulty swallowing please call our office to schedule your consult appointment immediately.
Hendersonville Family Dentistry just completed their annual free dental day called Dentistry from the Heart Saturday-August 6, 2016. We were able to see and treat 56 people who were in need of dental treatment. We calculated an estimated of free dental work we gave away and the total we came up with was $12,000 dollars. We had over forty volunteers and we had nine doctors total who helped make this event a success.
Thank You’s Are in Order
We want to first start by thanking our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry who worked an additional day on top of already working a very busy week. We want to thank volunteers who were in and around the Nashville, TN area. We want to thank all of the doctors: Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones, Dr. McNutt, Dr. Hernandez, Dr. Pierre, Dr. Hower, Dr. Strandburg, Dr. Stewart, Dr. Wilson. Thank you for giving up your Saturday to help those in need.
Thank you to Lindsey from Hoissen Dental Implant for donating the amazing food from Gibson’s Cafe in Lafayette, TN. Thank you to Brittany from Henry Schein for donating all of the supplies that was needed to even make this event possible. Thank you to Patterson Dental for donating autoclave’s for our sterilization center for this event. Without any of these people or things we wouldn’t have been able to pull off this event and it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.
By now, everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. The truth is it’s broad-reaching health effects are not all know by everyone. This is especially true of oral health. Smoking can have serious repercussions in this regard.
Issues that Arise When Smoking
Oral Cancer: Oral cancer can have steep ramifications for anyone that gets it. Any type of cancer is about the worst health effect you can get and this especially holds true to the affects that smoking has on your mouth. The type of mouth surgery required with oral cancer can leave your face deconstructed in certain areas, and it is all due to smoking or using tobacco products.
Tooth Discoloration & Bad Breath: At the very least, it is fair to say that as a smoker you will often have bad breath, and while you may try to cover it up with gum or mints, tooth discoloration is a whole other story. The chemicals and substances in cigarettes stick to your teeth staining them brown and yellow colors that are increasingly difficult to disguise.
Gum Disease & Bone Loss: Another effect of smoking is the increased risk of gum disease. Your gums may start to recede, which can eventually lead to the loss of teeth. Smoking can also increase bone loss and density in your jaw which is vital to the health of your mouth. Gum disease and bone loss are two signs that smoking is definitely bad for your mouth.
The question isn’t whether smoking affects your health, it’s how does it affect your health and to what degree. If for no other reason than because smoking involves your mouth as its entry point, it’s safe to say that it can have long-lasting and detrimental consequences on your oral health.
Many dentist and hygienist recommend fluoride treatments for their adults patients. And I know what you are thinking to yourself. “Do I really need a fluoride treatment I thought those were just for kids.” After all, most insurance plans cover fluoride treatments only up to the age 18. Studies have shown that topical fluoride applications performed by a dental professional creates a significant benefit for adults who have moderate to high risk for cavities.
The Many Benefits of Fluoride.
Many prescription medications reduce saliva flow or otherwise create dry mouth. A reduction in saliva increases cavity risk. As adults we often have restorative work such as crowns or bridges. Fluoride can help protect the margins of these restorations, ultimately protecting your investment. Fluoride treatments are a great way to prevent more cavities in patients who are already prone to them.
Patients who undergo radiation treatment for cancer also benefit from topical fluoride applications. Radiation damages saliva glands, thus greatly reducing the flow of saliva. Saliva acts as a buffer against the foods we eat and beverages we drink. Once again, less saliva greatly increases the risk of cavities.