It’s Snowing In Hendersonville, TN

Hendersonville Dentist Talks Snow

It’s January 16, 2018 and we are getting pounded with another round of snow. Last Friday we had to close the practice due to icy and snow conditions. Today we are getting another round of just snow thankfully. Most of our patients yesterday called to cancel or reschedule their appointments due to the threat of the weather.

When it snows do you brave it and get out in the weather or do you stay inside where it’s warm. I know most of my staff is from other parts other than Hendersonville, so we all like to see who has the most snow in their area. Those that live in the Cottontown or Portland area usually always beat everyone else.

Our Office Is Open

Our office will be open today, so if you do have a dental appointment with us as of right now we are going to be open. Please call before you brave the weather to ensure that we are still open. Please keep an eye on our Facebook or Instagram to make sure we aren’t closing early or any other issues that may arise.

Enjoy your snow day if you are staying in, and be safe if you are driving into work today.

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Hendersonville Dentist || Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Hendersonville Dentist

Thanksgiving is this week, I can already taste the delicious food already! While I am excited about the holiday food, and the time spent with my family I can overhear my staff telling each other the Black Friday deals that they plan on taking advantage of. Are you a Black Friday shopper? I use to be, until I went shopping at the mall in Nashville and a fight broke out. I think I will stay in this year, and look for the Cyber Monday deals. Less people to deal with, and it comes right to my door.

So we have to ask you, how will you be spending Thanksgiving? Will you be running to different family homes to enjoy more than one meal? Will you be sitting with your family as you par take in the wonderful Thanksgiving food and getting a plan of when and where you will be starting your Black Friday shopping? Are you starting Thursday night on some of those Black Friday deals or will you be getting up early in the morning to get out and beat the crowd for a limited number of items on sale?

Either way we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your friends & family!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours.

This week our office will have different set hours for the holiday weekend. Monday & Tuesday we will be open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thursday, Friday & Saturday our office will be closed so our staff can enjoy their holiday with their family. We will re open on Monday at 8:00 am and resume normal office hours.

Happy Thanksgiving from Hendersonville Family Dentistry!

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Fewer Adults Are Seeing the Dentist

Why Decline Going to the Dentist?

We recently learned that in a decade between 2000 and 2010, the amount of adults who regularly visited their dentist declined according to research. The percentage of adults who had regular checkups every six months declined from 41 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010. The largest decline in dental care occurred in the 35 to 49 year old age group. That’s down from 43 percent in 2003 to just 38 percent in 2010.

There is some good news, however. While adults visit may have decreased, children’s visits were on the rise, particularly among low income families. More low income children are visiting the dentist now than they were ten years ago. Between 2000 and 2010, dental visits among low-income children increased in 47 states.

Every Six Months Please Come See Us.

Have you ever wondered  why Dr. Harbin and. Dr. Jones recommend that you come into the office for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months? While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health professional dental cleanings at Hendersonville Family Dentistry ensure you and your child’s teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning in addition to a thorough cleaning and teeth polishing, regular visits at Hendersonville Family Dentistry help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal disease. During your visit we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue for symptoms of any oral disease. We will also check old fillings and restorations as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, clenching and or grinding at night.

If you are overdue for your next checkup and cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment. 615-822-8262

 

Hendersonville Dentist Discusses Fluoride

Fluoride Is Important At All Ages.

If you think that fluoride treatments are only important during adolescence, you are probably not alone. In the past, fluoride was used primarily to protect teeth during their initial eruption and development which is why you probably remember fluoride treatments when you visited the dentist as a child. However, fluoride is still important as we age and should not be forgotten about after the age of 18.

One reason that many patients stop receiving fluoride treatments as adults is because they are often no longer covered by their dental insurance companies. We have good news for you! Hendersonville Family Dentistry make fluoride affordable at the cost of only $20.00.

Dentist Discusses Importance of Fluoride.

To help you understand why fluoride is important at all ages, we have listed a variety of scenarios in which adult patients may benefit from regular fluoride treatments 

  • Do you experience sensitivity? Regular fluoride applications can help eliminate sensitivity.
  • Do you have any crowns or bridges? Fluoride can help protect these restorations and eliminate decay around their margins.
  • Do you struggle with tooth decay even though you brush and floss as instructed? You may be at an increased risk of decay and need additional protection for your tooth enamel.
  • Do you take medications that cause dry mouth? Saliva helps clean your teeth naturally, but a decrease in saliva can increase your risk for tooth decay. Fluoride can help prevent against decay for patients experiencing in dry mouth.
  • Do you have braces? Teeth can be harder to clean during orthodontic treatment, putting you at an increased risk of developing cavities. Fluoride can help strengthen your teeth and prevent decay with your braces.

Cardiovascular Disease and Periodontal Disease the Link.

Americans Experience Cardiovascular Issues.

Nearly 50 million Americans experience cardiovascular issues and it is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. However, the good news is that 80% if cardiac events can be prevented through education and action. You can prevent heart disease, lung disease and stroke by eating healthy, exercising, not smoking and good oral health. That’s right you read that correctly good oral health!

Good Oral Health Includes:

Brush twice daily: Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.

Floss Daily: Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.

Swish & gargle mouthwash daily: Using mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing miss.

Lastly, know your risk: age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones. 

If you suspect you have gum disease schedule an appointment with Hendersonville Family Dentistry. We can access your condition and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

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.

 

Fall Break Already?!

School is Out for Fall Break..Already?

Can you believe that it’s already fall break for most school’s in and around the Nashville area? I am just in disbelief that we are already into the middle of October. In just twenty days you will have your door bell, or door being knocked on from several trick or treater’s. I have to say it was nice to drive into work this morning and not have to fight the school traffic.

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Perfect Time For Dental Cleaning or Dental Work

This week is the PERFECT week for you or your children to get into our office for your dental cleaning or the dental work you have been putting off. Please, remember to use your dental insurance benefits. You get an allotted amount put into your account each year for you to be able to see a dentist for dental work or cleaning’s and not come out of pocket. Why are you allowing these to go to waste? Why not use this FREE money! You don’t want to wait until after Thanksgiving to try and get in we book up rather quickly during this time. So, since it’s fall break try and get into our office this week. Remember we are open every Saturday 8:00 am- 2:00 pm.

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!