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.



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.

Maintaining Healthy Primary Teeth (Children)

Why Are The Primary Teeth Important?

It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which effect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for proper chewing and eating, providing space for permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position and permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth aren’t replaced until age 10-13.

Eruption Of Your Child’s Teeth.

Children’s teeth begin formatting before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary or baby teeth teeth to erupt through the gums are lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.

Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately 21.

Hendersonville Dentist informs you in night guards

Hendersonville Dentist recommends night guards if:

Do you wake up in the morning after a wonderful night’s sleep and have jaw pain? Are you noticing that your upper or lower teeth are beginning to be chipped? You may be a grinder and not even realize it as it’s something you do in your sleep. What is a night guard? A night guard is shaped like a horse-shoe, it is similar to a retainer although it is plastic. It is designed to protect your upper and lower teeth from grinding.

Hendersonville Dentist can make your night guard in office

Did you know that Hendersonville Family Dentistry can make your night guard in office? Dr. Harbin always wants to do a through check along with his hygienist and they will determine weather a night guard would be a good fit for you. If they do determine you may need a night guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, your hygienist can take an impression of your teeth. With having a mold of your teeth, your night guard will be a perfect fit just for you!