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!
Chipped Your Tooth?
When you chip a tooth badly, it can be a very nerve-wracking situation. Dr. Jones and our team want to provide you with some information that can help if you ever supper a chipped or broken tooth. The most common ways people break their teeth are by biting down on something hard, getting hit in the mouth, falling down, or developing cavities that weaken the tooth and allow it to be broken easily. There are a few things that you can do if you find yourself in this situation.
Investigate The Tooth
We recommend that you investigate whether the tooth is partially chipped or completely broken. Unless you are experiencing a lot of pain or bleeding, this should not be treated as an emergency.
If your teeth show severe damage such as a serious break, split tooth, split root or decay-induced break, Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones may need to take more time to fix the problem. If you need emergency dental care because a tooth has fallen out, call our practice immediately to schedule an appointment for that day. If you are waiting for an emergency appointment, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water and apply slight pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. We recommend using an ice pack to reduce the swelling, but don’t take any aspirin because that may increase the bleeding.
If your tooth has completely fallen out of the socket, hold it by the crown and rinse it under running water. Don’t let the tooth become dry, instead place it in salt water or milk until you get to our office. We will then determine if the tooth can be salvaged or will need to be completely replaced.
When dealing with emergencies be sure to schedule an appointment at Hendersonville Family Dentistry as soon as an emergency situation occurs.
Gum Disease Can Be Painful
Gum disease can be painful and lead to missing teeth if you don’t treat it properly. However, there are plenty of things you can do to lower your risk of getting gingivitis and periodontal disease. Here are five easy ways to prevent gum disease.
Five Ways To Prevent Gum Disease.
- Brush your teeth: Basic oral hygiene is the first line of defense against gum disease. You can remove plaque from your teeth with regular careful brushing, but you can’t remove tartar with your regular toothbrush. So it’s best to brush at least twice a day, or after each meal to continuously remove plaque from your teeth,
- Stop Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease.
- Eat Right: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and strawberries, for their Vitamin C which is an antioxidant Vitamin E, which is another antioxidant, nuts, plant based oils and wheat germ.
- Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry regularly: You might not be able to detect gum disease even if you watch for symptoms Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones can detect signs of gum disease before you do.
- Catch it Early: Gum disease can include sensitivity while brushing your teeth or when eating hot, cold, or sugary foods, painful or bleeding gums and loos teeth. You might also notice you have bad breath for no reason. Make an appointment with our office if you think you may have gum disease.
Baby Teeth Are Just As Important
Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones and our team know it can be easy to underestimate the significance of baby teeth. At Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we sometimes meet parents who assume that since their child’s baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, eventually fall out and are replaced, they are less important. Did you know baby teeth serve purposes other than biting, chewing and digesting food properly?
Hendersonville Dentist Explains Why Baby Teeth Are Essential.
Baby teeth are essential not only for your child’s language development but they also serve other important functions, like contributing to the normal development of your child’s jaw bones and facial muscles. Baby teeth also reserve space for your child’s future permanent teeth.
If you have any questions about your toddler’s teeth, or if you child is experiencing issues that concern you, ,please give us a call to set up an appointment at our office, in Hendersonville TN.
Why Decline Going to the Dentist?
We recently learned that in a decade between 2000 and 2010, the amount of adults who regularly visited their dentist declined according to research. The percentage of adults who had regular checkups every six months declined from 41 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010. The largest decline in dental care occurred in the 35 to 49 year old age group. That’s down from 43 percent in 2003 to just 38 percent in 2010.
There is some good news, however. While adults visit may have decreased, children’s visits were on the rise, particularly among low income families. More low income children are visiting the dentist now than they were ten years ago. Between 2000 and 2010, dental visits among low-income children increased in 47 states.
Every Six Months Please Come See Us.
Have you ever wondered why Dr. Harbin and. Dr. Jones recommend that you come into the office for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months? While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health professional dental cleanings at Hendersonville Family Dentistry ensure you and your child’s teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning in addition to a thorough cleaning and teeth polishing, regular visits at Hendersonville Family Dentistry help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal disease. During your visit we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue for symptoms of any oral disease. We will also check old fillings and restorations as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, clenching and or grinding at night.
If you are overdue for your next checkup and cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment. 615-822-8262
Catching Cavities Early
Dental technology is continually evolving as better methods are sought for a variety of tasks. One of these recent developments is the Diagnodent, which finds cavities early in their development, helping dentist to save more of the decaying tooth using minimally invasive dental procedures. The Diagnodent finds cavities early enough to help prevent the need for invasive dental procedures such as root canals, and extractions. The benefits to the patients are enormous in scope, ranging from financial savings to relaxed visits.
Early Benefits of the Patients
Since many patients are afraid of the dentist or the dental chair in general, the fact that the Diagnodent finds cavities early is a true benefit. Not only do patients spend less time having the decay removed, but they also worry less since there’s no need for them to undergo root canals, dental crowns, or extractions. Of course, if a patient avoids going to the dentist for several years, the possibility of finding a large cavity does exist.
Are you wanting to find a Diagnodent provider? Look no further, Hendersonville Family Dentistry uses the Diagnodent at each visit for each of our patients, and no it doesn’t cost you extra! So call us today to schedule your appointment 615-822-8262
Many patients are under the impression that the harder brushing leads to cleaner teeth, but that’s not true. Gentle brushing is just as effective, and less likely to cause damage. Other good brushing habits include brushing your teeth at least twice a day, replacing your toothbrush after a few months, and brushing for at least two minutes each time. It can be tough to keep track of the time when you are aiming for two minutes but these tips can help.
Two Minutes Twice A Day
- Set a timer: Setting a timer is a sure-fire way to hit your two-minute goal on the dot. Leave a kitchen timer in your bathroom so that it is easy to set each time you start brushing your teeth. Hit each surface of all of your top and bottom teeth, and keep brushing until the timer rings. Many electric toothbrushes have a built in timer that you can use instead of a kitchen timer.
- Entertaining Yourself for Two Minutes: Time flies when you are having fun, and you can stay entertained as you brush your teeth for two minutes here are some idea’s.
Time your favorite song and sing it in your head as you brush your teeth.
Find a two minute video on the internet that you want to watch, and start it when you begin to brush your teeth.
Do squats in the bathroom as you brush. By the time you get to 20 squats, your two minutes should be over IF you do them slowly.
- Allow Children to use technology: Toothsavors is an app designed to inspire children to brush. A game to fight an evil sorceress who causes cavities. A real life reminder to brush two a day. A built in timer that helps kids brush for two minutes.
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.
- Celery Sticks
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.
Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
New Year’s Resolution
Happy New Year ladies & gentlemen! We hope that you are enjoying the beginning of 2017, if you didn’t like 2016 this is your chance to make a fresh start! If you are looking for a New Year’s Resolution we have the perfect one for you!
Taking your oral health to a whole new level! Do you brush twice a day? Are you flossing once a day? Are you seeing a dentist AT LEAST twice a year? If you answered no to any of these questions this is the perfect new year’s resolution for you!
Oral Health Is The New Year Resolution
We know most people hate visiting the dentist, but it’s better to visit us twice a year and maintain your oral health than it is only come into our office when you have a problem area. Most of the time we see patients who only come in when there is a problem, but that’s more expensive than if you just saw us regularly for your dental checkups. Filling’s are inexpensive compared to a root canal or extraction.
We know you think getting your teeth is a pain, but really it isn’t. It takes 45 minutes if that, and some x-rays to ensure you are taking care of your mouth. Did you know our hygienist’s and dentist’s can catch oral cancer or other problem area’s before they get worse. So why not come in twice a year at a minimum?
Make sure you are flossing once a day at least. Do you sit in a lot of traffic each day? Throw some floss in your car this way when you are sitting in traffic bored you can maintain your smile.
Also, but most importantly brush at least twice a day! This takes three minutes in the morning and three minutes in the evening! Maintaining your oral health isn’t painful neglecting your oral health is!