Hendersonville Dentist Is Smiling

When Was The Last Time You Visited HFD?

When Was The Last Time You Visited Us?

Come say hello twice a year, multiple visits a year lets us keep an eye out for any developing issues. It’s important to remember that this goes for the whole family, children over one year old should be seeing Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones.

Stay fresh at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we have a virtually unlimited stock of toothbrushes and floss which means you have no excuse to be using a sad ineffective toothbrush. As soon as bristles begin to fray, pick up a new one or stop by our office in Hendersonville, TN and we’ll replace yours. On average you should be opening a new one every two to three months.

Brush & Floss For Goodness Sake!

Flossing is an efficient way to keep your whole mouth healthy. It not only protects your teeth by removing aggregated plaque, it keeps your gums happy too. Practicing regular healthy habits is essential to keeping your mouth and us happy. When it comes to brushing that means two minutes, two times a day. If your kids need some encouragement, try making a calendar or playing a song.

One way you can help us is spreading the love. Tell your friends about what a good thing we’ve got going here.

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Valentines Day In Hendersonville TN

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!

Broken Tooth An Emergency

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.

 

What To Do While In Between Dental Visits?

Good Oral Hygiene is A Must.

When it comes to keeping your smile looking its best, good oral hygiene is a must. Good oral hygiene should start early and continue throughout your lifetime. Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones suggest five habits worth adopting that will help keep your teeth happy.

Five Habits Worth Adopting

  • Brush and floss regularly. Brush gently twice a day, paying special attention the the gum line to rid your mouth of food that may lurk between teeth. Floss at least once a day.
  • Make regular visits to see our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. Regular checkups (twice yearly) will help diagnose any dental problems early on when they can be more easily treated.
  • Stop smoking! Tobacco, whether in the form of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or chew-able tobacco increases oral and throat cancer risks.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Heavy drinking dramatically increases the risk of developing mouth and throat cancers.
  • Eat Healthy, avoid snacking on foods that contain high levels of sugar or starch. We encourage you to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

To learn more about the habits you should practice between your visits to Hendersonville Family Dentistry, or schedule an appointment. Please give us a call today.

Hendersonville Dentist Nominated for Best Dentist

Nominated for Best Dentist in Nashville TN

Nominations are now open for Middle Tennessee’s annual Toast Readers’ Choice Awards and we want to know your favorite local places to dine, shop, travel and do business in Nashville, TN. Categories include food and drink, people, retail stores, places, services and counties. Awards are given for everything from best bakery and best-family friendly dining to best comedy club and best shoe store. This year’s Toast Awards will include businesses from all of Middle Tennessee not just Nashville.

Hendersonville Family Dentistry Needs Your Votes

Our office is thrilled to be nominated for our services under “Best Dentist”. There are only 15 days left for you to cast your vote for our office. You don’t just have to cast your vote for our office, take the time to cast your vote for other people, food, places in and around the Middle Tennessee area. Click here to begin voting now.

Clean Your Teeth While You Eat

Detergent Foods:

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.

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Celery Sticks
  • Popcorn
  • Cucumbers
  • Pears
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese

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.

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.

 

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.

Family Dentistry Benefiting You!

What is Family Dentistry?

Family dentistry is a popular term in dentistry and is often mistaken for general dentistry. Actually, family dentistry is your one shop solution for all of your dental needs. Family dentists provide dental care to people of all ages. If you have children at home, then you can consider visiting a family dentist. Their expertise lies in providing the best solution for you and your family’s oral well-being. They understand the dental needs of children, adults, and the elderly very well.

Family Dentist Provide Services Such As:

  • Orthodontics
  • Gum Disease Treatments
  • Filling of Cavity
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Regular Cleanings ‘
  • Dental Extractions
  • Professional Teeth Whitening
  • Wisdom Tooth removal

There are some great benefits of having a family dentist.For example there is no age criteria, it’s a one stop solution for all of your dental needs. We are open six days a week so there is 24/7 help available.  Best of all you have a life long membership. There isn’t an reason to visit another dentist for any reason. Your child can be treated for their dental needs at the same place when they grow into adults. Your family’s record will be there and the quality of service will not be compromised. In a nutshell having a family dentist would be a great choice in several ways.

Preventing Bad Breath!

Reducing or Eliminating Bad Breath.

Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others.

Ways to Reduce Bad Breath

  • Floss regularly- As difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen your mouth. By flossing you are reducing the plaque and bacteria found in areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply can’t reach, and in return it rids your mouth of the smell associated with that bacteria.
  • Use Mouthwash- Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find it still smells after  brushing and flossing.
  • Always Brush After You Sleep- Whether after taking a nap, or having a full nights sleep, you will want to brush your teeth in order to reduce bad breath. The truth is, bacteria accumulates in your mouth while you are sleeping ( even during a short nap) and that is ultimately the source of bad breath.

There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduce.