Importance of Baby Teeth

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.

 

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Fewer Adults Are Seeing the Dentist

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

 

Harder Brushing, Cleaner Teeth?

Timing Matters

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.

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!

Happy New Year-Hendersonville Dentist

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

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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!

 

Hoping For A Silent Night?

Have A Baby That Is Teething?

Teething refers to the time when a child’s teeth begin to grow in and break through the gum line for the first time. This happens between 6 and 24 months of age and can be quite painful and aggravating for the child. During this time, children are drawn to putting things in their moth in an attempt to reduce the discomfort that comes from swollen and tender gums. Luckily, there are some ways you can help your child ease their teething pain.

Tips For Soothing A Teething Baby.

  1. Cold is King- A big part of why teething children feel discomfort is swollen gums. Cold compresses are great at reducing swelling, so have a stash of clean, moist washcloths in the fridge and use one to rub very gently along their gums or allow them to suck on it with supervision.
  2. Rub their Gums-Gentle pressure can provide some relief to sore oral tissues. Try running a clean, wet finger along the length of the child’s gums.
  3. Don’t forget about the drool- A side effect of teething is that the child will produce a lot of drool and often this will end up outside of their mouth. Dried drool can irritate the skin and cause it to dry out, creating another irritant for the child.
  4. Medical Solutions- There are many types of medications that come in liquid, gel, and pill form that provide relief from pain, specifically for babies. Before giving your child any type of medication, consult your healthcare professional for their advice as some medications may not be appropriate for your child.
  5. Never provide chilled sweets- Cold or frozen treats such as Popsicle’s, chilled juices, or any other sugar-filled snacks are not an appropriate choice for teething children. Yes they are cold but they may be too cold and could harm your child’s oral tissues.
  6. Never freeze teething toys- Putting teething rings, washcloths, and other teething aids in the fridge is a great way to give your child cooling relief, but putting them in the freezer get them too cold and too hard. Stick to keeping teething toys in the fridge for a safer chilled temperature.
  7. Never Use medication meant for anything other than teething children-There are medications safe for adults to use when treating pain but are very dangerous to children. Always consult your healthcare professional before giving your child medication or any kind, including homeopathic remedies.

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.

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.

Want Healthier Gums?

Does Eating Affect My Gums?

Gums are the hero of the mouth, they keep your teeth secure, protect your oral bones, and battle against bacteria on a daily basis. While we take care to make sure that our teeth are properly cleaned daily, we can often forget to take care of our gums. An easy way to make sure your gums are getting the healthy support they need is through your diet.

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Gum-Loving Foods to Incorporate into your diet.

  • Onions can neutralize oral bacteria, they have microbial properties that target the most common types of bacteria that can cause gum disease and cavities.
  • Leafy greens, such as kale & spinach are filled to the brim with mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals. They hold vitamin C, which boosts the production of red blood cells and reduces inflammation.
  • Green Tea can stave off inflammation of the body. Try drinking green tea daily to give your gums a healthy boost.
  • Celery, carrots and apples these foods are very crunchy and they are excellent at scraping away stuck on food and plaque. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also happen to be high in fiber, which, again, means they take longer to chew and generate more saliva. Saliva is great for flushing the mouth of bacteria near the gum line.
  • Milk, yogurt and cheese dairy products are great for teeth because they are high in calcium, a mineral that helps to strengthen bone, but they also are great for your gums. Include a healthy amount of dairy in your diet by drinking a cup of milk daily or by eating snacks that include dairy such as cheese or yogurt.