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 Gum Disease

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.

  1. 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,
  2. Stop Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease.
  3. 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.
  4.  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.
  5. 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.

What Is Gum Disease-Hendersonville Dentist

Infection Of The Gums.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues and is something seen all too often by Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones Extending from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious infections and complications ( periodontitis), there is a wide range of fun disease severity.

Not only does gum disease affect the health of your mouth and teeth, but according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, it can affect your general health as well. This is because an infection in the mouth as a result of gum disease can travel to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. Gum disease is also a risk factor for heart disease, and can play a role in blood sugar levels.

Causes & Risk Factors of Gum Disease.

Gum disease is essentially caused by the build up of bacteria in your mouth. If you brush and floss everyday, this bacteria is washed away, but if not, it turns into plaque. If left unchecked, this plaque buildup can lead to gum disease.

Some of the common risk factors for gum disease include not taking good care of your teeth, failing to have one’s teeth cleaned every six months, experiencing hormonal changes, smoking cigarettes, developing diabetes, being genetically exposed to gum disease, or taking certain types of medications.

If you have bleeding or swollen gums, pockets between your gums and teeth, pain or other issues, you might have gum disease. Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry for an exam, and learn the best course of action.

Dental Hygiene Month

October is Dental Hygiene Month.

October is a month for celebrating dental hygiene in the United States. The four components that make up complete oral hygiene are:

  • brushing
  • flossing
  • mouthwash
  • sugar-free products

Facts, have shown us that good oral hygiene contributes to overall good health. Research has proven that gum disease can lead to a whole host of issues like heart disease, organ damage & diabetes.

Teeth must be brushed twice daily. Patients are given live examples of the best brushing techniques. All the teeth must be brushed twice daily. Are you flossing at least once a day? Studies show a very small percentage of people floss and they are mostly women.

Schedule Your Dental Checkup.

This is a great time to schedule a dental checkup. The mouth is the perfect entrance for harmful bacteria and there are so many ways to prevent damage that people just aren’t aware of. Want to know the secret to live out a long healthy life? BRUSH YOUR TEETH BRUSH YOUR TEETH and see a dentist at least twice a year! It’s that simple!

Gum Disease

Gum Disease Is An Infection.

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.

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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.

Call our office to schedule your appointment 615-822-8262

Does Smoking Affect My Oral Health?

Smoking is Bad For Your Oral Health.

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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.

 

Gum Disease Affects More Than Just Your Mouth

Your Gums Are Important

Let’s take a moment to pay tribute to one of the most overworked and often under appreciated parts of the hum body: our gums. You hear how important it is to brush, and how having healthy teeth is an important goal for all of us. With all this talk about teeth and bones, sometimes we forget about humble gums, whose sole job is to hold our teeth firmly in place, protect them from the elements, and keep our entire mouth nourished and healthy. In short, we need healthy gums in order to have healthy teeth, and healthy body, too. We know that gums are often under-valued because more than 47% of adults living in the United States have some form of gum disease.

What Is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?

Gum disease is caused by two things. 1) the presence of bacteria in the mouth 2) place for that bacteria to congregate and stay. Most often, bacteria collect on buildup (calculus) around and below the gum line. This buildup causes inflammation and irritation, triggering an immune response by the body. The mildest form of gum (periodontal) disease is called gingivitis. Left unchecked, the condition can create periodontal “pockets” or areas where the bacteria can collect deeper under the gum line. Gingivitis can progress to periodontists, where the bacteria, inflammation and the body’s continual response can actually break down the connection between the gums and the teeth.