Christmas Time’s A Coming

Holiday Hours in Hendersonville, TN.

Christmas is a week from today! Are you getting excited? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Everyone at work is getting excited about having some much needed time off to spend time with their friends & family! With that being said we want to inform you of our holiday hours. 

We will be closed the following days:

Saturday-December 22, 2017

Monday -December 25, 2017

Tuesday-December 26, 2017.

Merry Christmas from Hendersonville Dentist

We hope that you enjoy your time with your friends and family this holiday season. We will resume normal office hours on Wednesday- December 27th at 8:00 am. If you are still needing to get into our office before the end of the year, please call and make your scheduled appointment. Appointments are going quickly! 

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Hendersonville Dentist informs patients

Hendersonville Dentist is introducing a Newsletter

Hendersonville Family Dentistry is beginning a Newsletter, our plan is to inform our patients about what is going in and around our office. We want to personally thank those who are constantly referring us new patients to our office. We are growing tremendously due to new patients; and our regular patients returning and sending us new patients as well. We love our patients and we want to ensure they get the best quality work we can give.

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Also, in our newsletter we are want to inform our patients of the newest and latest products we will be offering in our office. You will be able to get to know our team a little bit better;by knowing where they graduated from school and what they enjoy doing when they aren’t at work. You will be informed of our plans on building out next door to our office, how awesome is that? The newsletter has been in the work’s for a little while, and before too long you will be able to receive it via email. Hendersonville Family Dentistry wants you to know we care a lot about our patients. (:

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.

 

Electrical Toothbrush Vs. Traditional Toothbrush

Electrical Toothbrushes.

Do electrical toothbrushes really clean better than traditional ones? A huge advantage to the electric toothbrush is that generally more enticing and seems to be more fun to use. This is a great aspect for those who are reluctant to brush twice each day, and especially for children, as it can inspire enthusiasm to brush. This is a clear case where electric toothbrushes can be more effective than manual toothbrushes.

An electrical toothbrush can do a more thorough cleaning job as they provide between 6,000 & 30,000 strokes per minute. This means that it can take less time to properly clean your teeth. For those who don’t have the dexterity or grip needed to operate a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush is a great option as it is easy to hold and takes care of the rotating action for you.

Manual Toothbrushes

The biggest pro to manual toothbrushes is that you have more control over the way that you brush your teeth. You can decide how fast and how hard to brush your teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. This results in a more comfortable cleaning for those who have sensitive areas in their mouth or who find the constant vibrations of electric toothbrushes to be aggravating.

Have more questions? Visit our Hendersonville Office located at 230 New Shackle Island Road Ste: 170, in Hendersonville TN. 

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.

Happy Halloween-Hendersonville Dentist

Happy Halloween To Our Patients

It’s finally here the day your kids have looked forward to ever since it turned October 1, 2016. That’s right, today is Halloween, where ghost, goblins, and Elsa will soon be crowding your street and saying “trick or treat”. Most parent’s and even teacher’s dread Halloween for one reason, all the candy! How is it on one night your kids will rack up enough candy to last an entire year and of course they want to sit and eat everything as soon as they get home.

Trick Or Treat Smell My Feet!

To avoid any melt downs this Halloween season we have a few tips for you and your little one’s.

Allow your child to look through all of his or her candy, no need to immediately take it away. Sort through it and see what your child even likes or doesn’t like, and make sure you know which candies you want your child to have and which ones you would rather seen thrown away.

Encourage your child to eat a few pieces of candy, but discourage having to eat all of his or her candy within a couple of days. What works at my house is we have a designated time we can enjoy one of our Halloween treats each day. This way I can serve something healthy and a sweet treat along with it so they are at least following up with a healthy snack after indulging in a unhealthy little candy bar, or sucker.

We freeze some of the chocolates at our house, and grab them back out throughout the year for them to enjoy. Stay away from the sticky candies that will stick to your child’s teeth.

While letting your child enjoy his or her candy, also explain that brushing and flossing properly is important after eating candy throughout the day. This a great time to teach your child the proper way to care for their teeth especially after eating more than usual candy consumption.

Come into our office today to see our staff dressed up for the holiday, say “trick or treat” and get a free toothbrush!

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

Count Down Until Fall is Among Us

Only Two Days Until Fall has Arrived

There are only a couple of days until Fall is officially here. In our recent post we wanted you to share with us some of your favorite summer memories you were able to make with your friends & family this summer. While it’s sad to see summer go, and with summer leaving means it gets darker early and the chilly weather will soon be arriving.

What are some things you are looking forward to doing this fall with your friends & family? For me personally I love going to all of the local farms to gather apples, and pumpkins, not to mention going to those frightening haunted houses. Last year I took my entire team to a farm where we participated in a Zombie hunt. We were able to sit on a wagon and shoot zombies and we are looking forward to going back this year.

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What Are You Looking Forward to This Fall.

So we are asking you! What are you looking forward to doing this upcoming fall with your friends & family? I know lots of my staff have already been enjoying the pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks. Several have mentioned taking their little’s to pumpkin patches in and around the middle Tennessee area. Like I mentioned before most of my team will enjoy shooting Zombie’s this fall and attending a haunted house.

We need more suggestions though, so comment below what you favorite fall memories are!

Hendersonville Dentist Gives Back

Dentistry from the Heart-2016

Hendersonville Family Dentistry just completed their annual free dental day called Dentistry from the Heart Saturday-August 6, 2016. We were able to see and treat 56 people who were in need of dental treatment. We calculated an estimated of free dental work we gave away and the total we came up with was $12,000 dollars. We had over forty volunteers and we had nine doctors total who helped make this event a success.

Thank You’s Are in Order

We want to first start by thanking our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry who worked an additional day on top of already working a very busy week. We want to thank volunteers who were in and around the Nashville, TN area. We want to thank all of the doctors: Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones, Dr. McNutt, Dr. Hernandez, Dr. Pierre, Dr. Hower, Dr. Strandburg, Dr. Stewart, Dr. Wilson. Thank you for giving up your Saturday to help those in need.

Thank you to Lindsey from Hoissen Dental Implant for donating the amazing food from Gibson’s Cafe in Lafayette, TN. Thank you to Brittany from Henry Schein for donating all of the supplies that was needed to even make this event possible. Thank you to Patterson Dental for donating autoclave’s for our sterilization center for this event. Without any of these people or things we wouldn’t have been able to pull off this event and it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.

You can view images on our Facebook, Instagram and website. Until next year ladies and gentlemen!