President’s Day In Hendersonville, TN

Why Do We Celebrate President’s Day?

George Washington’s Birthday is United States federal holiday that is celebrated the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington. He was the first president of the United States born on February 22, 1732.

Hendersonville Family Dentistry is Open

Today might be a holiday for some and students are out of school, but our office is open today. If you have been needing to get into our office for a dental cleaning, or dental work, or needing to get your child into our office today is the perfect day to do just that. We are accepting same day appointments so call today and schedule your appointment. Our office looks forward to seeing you soon!

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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.

Are You Thinking of Getting Braces?

What Is The Best Age For Braces?

One question that many people, especially parents face is; what is the best age for braces? Get them too early and further treatment might be required later on in life; get them too late and they may need to be worn longer period of time or cause additional problems for the already angst-ridden teenage years.

There’s no universal right answer to this question, but we can draw from our years of experience to provide some advice on factors to consider when deciding the best age for braces.

Hendersonville Dentist Recommends:

We recommend having a child evaluated for braces as early as seven. This does not mean that braces will be applied that early, but it can give you a road map of what future treatment might look like. By age seven, most baby teeth have started to come out and an orthodontist can get a good sense of what the alignment of permanent teeth will look like. In some cases, braces or partial teeth aligners may be applied at this stage if a child is having difficulty talking or eating due to poor teeth alignment.

If your child needs braces at an early age, be prepared to help him or her take care of them. Wearing braces can provide a valuable lesson in self-care, but may require additional intervention until good habits are formed.

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum Disease Can Be Painful

Gum disease can be painful and lead to missing teeth if you don’t treat it properly. However, there are plenty of things you can do to lower your risk of getting gingivitis and periodontal disease. Here are five easy ways to prevent gum disease.

Five Ways To Prevent Gum Disease.

  1. Brush your teeth: Basic oral hygiene is the first line of defense against gum disease. You can remove plaque from your teeth with regular careful brushing, but you can’t remove tartar with your regular toothbrush. So it’s best to brush at least twice a day, or after each meal to continuously remove plaque from your teeth,
  2. Stop Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease.
  3. Eat Right: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and strawberries, for their Vitamin C which is an antioxidant Vitamin E, which is another antioxidant, nuts, plant based oils and wheat germ.
  4.  Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry regularly: You might not be able to detect gum disease even if you watch for symptoms Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones can detect signs of gum disease before you do.
  5. Catch it Early: Gum disease can include sensitivity while brushing your teeth or when eating hot, cold, or sugary foods, painful or bleeding gums and loos teeth. You might also notice you have bad breath for no reason. Make an appointment with our office if you think you may have gum disease.

Hendersonville Dentist: Calming Root Canal Fears!

Allow Us to Make Your Dental Visit Painless

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.

Looking For  A Dental Home?

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.

If you are looking for a trusted and experienced dentist in Hendersonville, TN we invite you to give Hendersonville Family Dentistry a call at 615-822-8262 to schedule a consultation.

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.

Hendersonville Dentist Uses Latest Technology!

Catching Cavities Early

Dental technology is continually evolving as better methods are sought for a variety of tasks. One of these recent developments is the Diagnodent, which finds cavities early in their development, helping dentist to save more of the decaying tooth using minimally invasive dental procedures. The Diagnodent finds cavities early enough to help prevent the need for invasive dental procedures such as root canals, and extractions. The benefits to the patients are enormous in scope, ranging from financial savings to relaxed visits.

 Early Benefits of the Patients

Since many patients are afraid of the dentist or the dental chair in general, the fact that the Diagnodent finds cavities early is a true benefit. Not only do patients spend less time having the decay removed, but they also worry less since there’s no need for them to undergo root canals, dental crowns, or extractions. Of course, if a patient avoids going to the dentist for several years, the possibility of finding a large cavity does exist.

Are you wanting to find a Diagnodent provider? Look no further, Hendersonville Family Dentistry uses the Diagnodent at each visit for each of our patients, and no it doesn’t cost you extra! So call us today to schedule your appointment 615-822-8262

New Smile Can Revive Your Life.

Cosmetic Dental Health.

Cosmetic Dentistry is the art of giving someone a perfect smile. Your dentist will take you through a proper diagnosis and relevant procedures in order to achieve smile correction for you. There are different procedures and techniques to treat teeth that are:

Discolored

Chipped

Broken

Non-aligned

Five-Major Types of Cosmetic Dental Treatment.

  1. Dental Implants: This is recommended for those who have lost some of their teeth.
  2. Dental Crowns:  This is placed over your teeth so that further damages can be avoided.
  3. Invisalign: Want straight teeth? Invisalign is the solution for you.
  4. Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a custom tooth colored film that is placed over the natural teeth surface. It’s painless and rather quick procedure.
  5. Composite Fillings: This can be used for any tooth decay. It looks better than silver colored fillings and also strengthens your teeth.

These five different cosmetic dental treatments could help you with your smile, depending on what you need. When you get a new smile with the help of cosmetic dental treatment, you regain your confidence.

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.

It’s the Holiday Season

Merry Christmas from Hendersonville Dentist.

We are just six days away from Christmas day! Have you done all of your shopping? Have you checked your list to make sure you aren’t missing anyone, have you checked it twice? Were you able to find the hot toy that your little has been begging and asking for since Thanksgiving?

Now that you are finished Christmas shopping, have you had a chance to get into our office to use your dental benefits before they expire on December 31st? We have appointments still available if you are needing to get into our office soon!

 

Holiday Hours- When We Will Be Closing & Opening.

Since this week and next week with the anticipation of Christmas we have days we will be closed. We will be closed on Friday-December 23 & Saturday-December 24. We will be OPEN the day after Christmas December 26th. We know most people have the day off after Christmas, so we are giving you the opportunity to take your day off and get into our office to use those unused dental benefits. Remember when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st they will be gone and the new year starts over again.