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.
Whew! I can’t believe that May is already on the tail end of being over. Did it fly by for anyone else, or was it just me? Kids will be out of school by this week, parents are you ready for that? That could only mean one thing, that SUMMER is officially here! With the Memorial Holiday soon arriving we wanted to inform our patients of our upcoming holiday hours. I know for most of you, you know our office is usually open each Saturday. Unfortunately, we will be closed this Saturday-May 27th and Monday Monday 29th in honor of the Memorial Day Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday-May 30th and resume normal hours beginning at 8:00 am.
Summer Has Arrived!
This Memorial Day we want you to enjoy your weekend with your friends, family and neighbors but please remember what this holiday is all about. Remember those who have passed and who made the ultimate sacrifice for you and I. Make sure you tell one of your local veterans thank you for their service.
A dental office is sometimes can be painful and scary place. Hendersonville Family Dentistry wants to discourage that image with a family, friendly staff and qualified dentists. However, endodontic therapy, a dental procedure commonly known as root canal, still carries a strong association with pain that sometimes keeps people from regularly visiting the dentist and tending optimally to their oral health.
When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, a qualified dentist can clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue ( called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones will then seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal. This process can be completed, typically, in a few visits to Hendersonville Family Dentistry. In many cases, a root canal procedure is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.
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Root canals are often not painful, and for many people the pain of the infection experienced beforehand is worse than any pain that might be experienced during the procedure.
It’s the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about Halloween costumes, and Thanksgiving plan in no time. But wait! First, we want to know about your favorite parts of the summer! Did you go on a wonderful family trip? Did you pick up a new hobby or sport? Did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?
Share your favorite memories, stories, or photo’s with us by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.
Hendersonville Family Dentistry’s Favorite Summer Memories.
Below are some of our team’s favorite memories this summer.
“I enjoyed going to CMA Fest”-Alyssa
“I bought a new home & love it”- Shawna
“We moved to White House & into our custom built home”-Tamera
“I enjoyed going to the lake with my family on my in-laws pontoon boat” -Alex
“We enjoyed swimming in our pool, blowing bubbles, and spending as much time outside with our family”-Molly
“Going to the beach with my family”-Liz
“I played a lot of golf”-Dr. Harbin.
“I enjoyed going to visit my family in West Virginia”-Dr. Jones
Dental Flossing Isn’t a Recommendation-It’s a MUST!
When the federal government issued it’s latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. The government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had not been researched as required. They suggest that flossing is weak, and very unreliable. The reason flossing was removed is because the government didn’t find enough quality research to meet its criteria for recommending something!
What’s The Reality of this Problem?
The controversy is a mix of politics, a misunderstanding of how research works, and highlighting a true need for better research in all medicine, especially in dentistry.
The associated press article clearly has a certain slant, in that the aim of the article was to convince people they’ve been duped by the government, their ignorant dentists and most importantly Corporate America, into flossing. The article shows a misunderstanding of gum disease by its writer, claiming that research only looked at “gum inflammation but not gum disease.” Reality check: gum inflammation IS gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth can cause the body’s immune system to wage a war against bacteria. In the process of this drawn out war, there is collateral damage: destruction of gum tissue and bone tissue. Studying the gum inflammation is how one measures the state of gum disease.
Preventing gum disease lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and allows better overall health by reducing inflammation in the body. We HIGHLY recommend flossing at least once per day!
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.
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.
Many dentist and hygienist recommend fluoride treatments for their adults patients. And I know what you are thinking to yourself. “Do I really need a fluoride treatment I thought those were just for kids.” After all, most insurance plans cover fluoride treatments only up to the age 18. Studies have shown that topical fluoride applications performed by a dental professional creates a significant benefit for adults who have moderate to high risk for cavities.
The Many Benefits of Fluoride.
Many prescription medications reduce saliva flow or otherwise create dry mouth. A reduction in saliva increases cavity risk. As adults we often have restorative work such as crowns or bridges. Fluoride can help protect the margins of these restorations, ultimately protecting your investment. Fluoride treatments are a great way to prevent more cavities in patients who are already prone to them.
Patients who undergo radiation treatment for cancer also benefit from topical fluoride applications. Radiation damages saliva glands, thus greatly reducing the flow of saliva. Saliva acts as a buffer against the foods we eat and beverages we drink. Once again, less saliva greatly increases the risk of cavities.
I am sure most parents were so excited for the kids to be out of school for the summer, no more early mornings or busy schedules just time to relax and make some unforgettable memories. We have had lots of kids and their parents in our dental office throughout the summer. Like most parents they are ready for school to get back in session and get back to a routine, while there are some on the fence and not ready to have to start back the crazy busy schedules that comes along with school.
It’s Not Too Late For Dental Cleaning’s
If you haven’t been able to get into our dental office for your or your child’s dental cleaning’s it’s not too late. There are two weeks left until school is back in session, so that is two weeks with plenty of time for you to schedule an appointment with our office. If there is any need for dental treatment our office can do the dental treatment same day to save you time or you can schedule another appointment when it best fits your schedule.
Know Someone Who Is Putting Off Going to the Dentist?
Do you know someone let’s say, of the male persuasion who is always putting off going to the dentist? While many people are guilty of this, it seem men are more likely to skip their yearly check-up.
Women report brushing more often and more thoroughly than men.
86% of women say they brush twice a day, compared to 66% of men.
Men replace their toothbrush less frequently than woman.
Be Vigilant About Oral Health
Studies show that men with a history of gum disease are more likely to develop certain kinds of cancer, such as kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers, than those with healthy gums. Since men admittedly take less care of their teeth, here are some ways to be extra vigilant about oral health.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for full two minutes, use toothpaste with fluoride, use mouthwash and floss daily.
Replace your toothbrush every three month or after you’ve been sick.
If you see gum bleeding after brushing or flossing, take medications that can cause dry mouth, use tobacco, or play sports, take even greater care to visit the dentist regularly, as these can put you at greater risk for oral health problems.