Tooth Decay Is Preventable.
Good news! Yes, in fact, tooth decay is preventable. Decay, which is caused by sugars left in your child’s mouth, can turn into an acid which in turn can break down his or her teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits.
How To Prevent Tooth Decay.
- Start early: After the age of two, brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. And, if possible, clean between the teeth with dental floss at least once a day, preferably before they go to bed.
- Don’t allow your little ones to eat after cleaning teeth at bedtime, as salivary flow decreases while they sleep and their teeth become vulnerable to cavities.
- Do not allow your little ones to nibble food or sip drinks continuously, and keep in mind that a low sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay. Allow time between meals for saliva to neutralize acids and repair teeth.
- Drinking water frequently throughout the day can also reduce the possibility of new cavities forming.
- Dental Sealants can also protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria.
Finally make sure your child visits Hendersonville Family Dentistry approximately every six months for checkup and routine cleaning.
How To Choose The Best Dentist?
In the Hendersonville area there are many qualified dentist to serve the city and it’s many neighborhood’s. With so many options to choose from, how do you choose the best dentist for your dental needs?
Tips For Choosing The Best Dentist For You.
- Set Priorities: What are your must-haves and what might you be willing to compromise on? Things to consider include:
Proximity: How far do you want to travel to see the dentist? Will you have to sit in traffic to get to and form?
Office Size: Large and small practices each have their benefits and drawbacks.
Dental History: Do you have a specific dental issue?
Scheduling: Find providers that meet your scheduled.
- Reviews Matter: Make sure to read online reviews for the dentists you are considering, but remember that they only tell part of the story.
- Insurance & Payment Options: Does the dentist you are thinking of choosing accept your dental insurance? This is also a good opportunity to ask about payment options.
- Try It Out: So you’ve done your research but are still torn between a few dentists? The best way to make a final decision is to contact each of them and set up an appointment. You have nothing to lose.
There are plenty of dentist to choose from. You only have one set of teeth so make sure that you do your diligence in finding the right one thats for you!
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.
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. (:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
What Was Your Favorite Part Of Summer 2016?
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
Don’t forget to share yours on our Facebook or Instagram pages.
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!
Smoking is Bad For Your Oral Health.
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.
Recommending Fluoride Treatment.
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.