Christmas Time’s A Coming

Holiday Hours in Hendersonville, TN.

Christmas is a week from today! Are you getting excited? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Everyone at work is getting excited about having some much needed time off to spend time with their friends & family! With that being said we want to inform you of our holiday hours. 

We will be closed the following days:

Saturday-December 22, 2017

Monday -December 25, 2017

Tuesday-December 26, 2017.

Merry Christmas from Hendersonville Dentist

We hope that you enjoy your time with your friends and family this holiday season. We will resume normal office hours on Wednesday- December 27th at 8:00 am. If you are still needing to get into our office before the end of the year, please call and make your scheduled appointment. Appointments are going quickly! 

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What Did the First Dentures Look Like?

First Dentures-Made of Wood?

Remember hearing about George Washington and his wooden choppers? Not his tools for cutting down cherry trees, but his false teeth. Actually, George’s teeth were made of ivory but were so stained that they appeared to be made out of wood. You might think those were the earliest dentures. In fact, the history of false teeth goes back  centuries before President Washington.

The earliest known dentures consisted of human or animal teeth tied together with wires. Examples. of such dentures have been found in Egyptian and Mexican archaeological sites. Other ancient people used carved stones and shells to replace lost teeth. These early dentures were probably made for cosmetic purposes. The materials they used were not likely to stand up to the pressure placed on teeth during eating.

The earliest surviving set of complete dentures were actually made out of wood. They were found in Japan and date back to the 16th Century.

Modern Dentures

In the 18th century, dentist began using porcelain, ivory, gold, silver and even rubber as tooth substitutes. Dentures made with these substances could be used in eating. They were often ill-fitting, however which may explain why George Washington looks puffy and glum in portraits.

Porcelain and metals were most popular denture material until about 1950, when plastics and resins were developed. Tough and durable these materials make up most of the dentures that Dr. Jones and our team use today.

Still, what goes around comes around. Researchers are looking to at using human teeth for dentures once again. Only in this case, the researchers hope to use biotechnology to spur the growth of new sets of teeth to replace those lost over a lifetime.

 

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!

Celebrating MLK Day.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr Day (officially birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Hendersonville Dentist Open Today!

Although it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day our office is currently open. We are open for our normal office hours 8:00 am- 7:00 pm please call to schedule your appointment with us today. If you are unable to get in during the week please remember we are open every Saturday for your convenience.

 

Diet Soda Vs. Regular Soda

Which is Better for My Teeth?

When most patient ask Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones this question, they’re thinking strictly about sugar content-cut out the bacteria-feeding sugar that present in regular soda by opting for a diet soda and it will be better for your teeth. That seems logical right? Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. Let’s take a closer look at how any kind of soda can affect your dental health.

Diet Soda & Regular Soda

The main culprit in these diet drinks that leads to decay is the acid content. Diet sodas and other sugar-free drinks are usually highly acidic, which weakens the enamel on your teeth and makes them more susceptible to cavities and dental erosion. The level of phosphoric acid, citric acid, and or tartaric acid is usually high in sugar free drinks so it’s best to avoid them.

So now that we know the acidity of diet sodas and sugar-free-drinks contributes to tooth decay, so what about regular soda? Like we alluded to earlier, regular soda is high in sugar-a 12 ounce can contains roughly ten teaspoons of sugar- and sugar feeds the decay-causing bacteria in the mouth.

The problem caused by both diet and regular soda is exacerbated when you sip on them throughout the day. If you drink it all in one sitting, you won’t be washing sugar and or acids over your teeth all day long and your saliva will have a chance to neutralize the pH in your mouth.

Still have questions about soda, sugar and acid? Give our office a call (615)822-8262 we’d be happy to help!

It’s the Holiday Season

Merry Christmas from Hendersonville Dentist.

We are just six days away from Christmas day! Have you done all of your shopping? Have you checked your list to make sure you aren’t missing anyone, have you checked it twice? Were you able to find the hot toy that your little has been begging and asking for since Thanksgiving?

Now that you are finished Christmas shopping, have you had a chance to get into our office to use your dental benefits before they expire on December 31st? We have appointments still available if you are needing to get into our office soon!

 

Holiday Hours- When We Will Be Closing & Opening.

Since this week and next week with the anticipation of Christmas we have days we will be closed. We will be closed on Friday-December 23 & Saturday-December 24. We will be OPEN the day after Christmas December 26th. We know most people have the day off after Christmas, so we are giving you the opportunity to take your day off and get into our office to use those unused dental benefits. Remember when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st they will be gone and the new year starts over again.