What Is Hand Foot And Mouth Disease.

Will My Child Catch Hand Foot & Mouth Disease.

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.

To learn more about hand-foot-mouth disease or to schedule an appointment for your child, please give our office Hendersonville Family Dentistry a call.

 

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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.

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.

 

Dental Veneers in Hendersonville, TN

Learning More About Dental Veneers.

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your front teeth? Dental veneers are widely used to improve the appearance of front teeth and are a much more conservative option tan a full dental crown. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of staining, large gaps, large fillings, chipped teeth, or overall shape. Veneers are a thin covering over the front and biting end of the tooth to restore the beauty of a smile. Over the years we have helped many patients who opted for veneers and now have the confidence to smile again.

What Are Dental Veneers Made Of?

Dental veneers are made in a lab from a long-lasting porcelain materials. The shade can be chosen to a desirable color to whiten the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are usually placed on the anterior, or front teeth, where the chewing forces are not as hard as the back teeth. The process of placing veneers is relatively easy requiring only two dental appointments. In some cases, only one appointment is needed. It depends on the fabrication process.

The first appointment is to “prep” the teeth and take an impression to be sent to a lab to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are fairly conservative in the preparation as it requires a small amount of space to be created on the face ( front), bottom and sides of each tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed and look natural. You will leave the office with temporary veneers for the next week or two while permanent veneers are being made.

The second appointment is to place the veneers and make minor adjustments if needed. What a difference it makes in the appearance of the teeth. If you’re interested in learning more, give Hendersonville family Dentistry a call today! 

 

Summer Is Coming to A End

Hendersonville Dentist Says Back to School

I am sure most parents were so excited for the kids to be out of school for the summer, no more early mornings or busy schedules just time to relax and make some unforgettable memories. We have had lots of kids and their parents in our dental office throughout the summer. Like most parents they are ready for school to get back in session and get back to a routine, while there are some on the fence and not ready to have to start back the crazy busy schedules that comes along with school.

It’s Not Too Late For Dental Cleaning’s

If you haven’t been able to get into our dental office for your or your child’s dental cleaning’s it’s not too late. There are two weeks left until school is back in session, so that is two weeks with plenty of time for you to schedule an appointment with our office. If there is any need for dental treatment our office can do the dental treatment same day to save you time or you can schedule another appointment when it best fits your schedule.

Call our office today to schedule you or your family’s appointment our office is open until 7:00 p.m. tonight, we may be able to get you into our office today. It’s never to late, give us a call!