Hendersonville Dentist Wants You To Breath Easy

What Causes My Bad Breath?–Hendersonville Dentist Has The Answer

Bad breath can be an unpleasant odor, and let’s be honest no-one wants to have bad breath. Bad breath odor can strike periodically or be persistent, depending on the cause. In many people, the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth, particularly on the back of the tongue are the primary causes of bad breath. The mouth’s warm, moist conditions make an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Most bad breath is caused by something in the mouth.

Hendersonville Dentist Explains What Is The Cause Of Bad Breath

  • Poor Dental Hygiene– infrequent or improper brushing and flossing can leave food particles to decay inside the mouth.
  • Infections In The Mouth– Also know as periodontal disease
  • Respiratory Tract Infections– Throat infections, sinus infections & lung infections
  • External Agents– Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking & chewing tobacco
  • Dry Mouth– “mouth breathing” or salivary gland problems
  • Systemic Illnesses–Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others.

Dr. Harbin can review your medical history and determine the cause of a patients bad breath. Depending on what causes your bad breath, Dr. Harbin can help you fix your “stinky situation.”

Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?

Hendersonville Dentist Talks About Brushing Your Teeth Correctly

Are you taking the time to brush your teeth at least twice a day? Are you doing it correctly, or are you just going through the motions and not ensuring you are taking the utmost care of your teeth. I am sure you have been brushing your teeth your whole life, but are you getting the most from your efforts? Here are some tips that Dr. Harbin feels may help you in brushing your teeth.

  • On the outer & inner surfaces, it is recommended you brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle.  Ensure you are brushing in short half– tooth-wide strokes against the gum line.
  • On chewing surfaces, you want to hold your brush flat and brush back and fourth.
  • On the surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up & down strokes with the toe of the brush.
  • Also, ensure you are brushing your tongue in the back to front sweeping motion to remove food particles to freshen your mouth.
  • Remember to spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth, it should add up to two minutes each time you brush.

Hendersonville Dentist Wonders If You Are Using The Right Toothpaste

You should check your toothpaste to make sure it contains fluoride, which can help strengthen your teeth and also prevents tooth cavities. The amount of fluoride contained in the fluoride toothpaste should be indicated on the toothpaste tube, although I will admit it is sometimes hard to locate. If you have any questions or concerns on what is the best toothpaste for you to use, contact Hendersonville Family Dentistry.

Hendersonville Dentist Wants You To Smile—It’s FREE

Hendersonville Dentist Wants You To Smile

Did you know that May is National Smile Month? National smile month is the UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign. Hendersonville Dentist wants to challenge you to do three things to maintain a healthy mouth.

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on sugary foods & drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly, or as often as recommended to maintain your healthy mouth

Hendersonville Dentist Shares Fun Facts

  • It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 muscles to smile.
  • Only half brush their tongue when brushing their teeth.  
  • One in four people believe that electric toothbrushes are for lazy people.
  • 61% of us have been attracted to someone with their smile alone.

Hendersonville Dentist wants you to smile, it’s FREE. 


Hendersonville Dentist Chooses Compostie Fillings

Hendersonville Dentist Discusses Composite Fillings Vs. Amalgam Fillings

I am sure you are curious exactly what an Amalgam filling is, and you may not know that you have one in your mouth. An amalgam filling are “silver” fillings that a dentist placed to manipulate to fill a cavity. Dental Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. After years of research mercury continues to be the only element that will bind all these metals together.

Hendersonville Dentist Places Only Composite Fillings In Office

Here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, Dr. Scott Harbin only places composite filling’s in office. Resin composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds. Composite resin’s mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Composite filling’s over time will bond to the teeth structure and over time can protect and increase the overall strength of the tooth being restored. Have anymore questions about either one? Call us at Hendersonville Family Dentistry to get all those question’s and concerns answered.

Check out these pictures to be able to compare the two.


Best Food Choices For A Healthy Mouth

Hendersonville Dentist talks about healthy food choices

Did you know different foods you eat can hinder or help your oral health? Some of the best food choices for your mouth include; cheeses, nuts, chicken, milk, and other meats. These foods protect the enamel on your teeth by providing calcium and phosphorus which are needed to remineralize your teeth. Some other food choices that are healthy for your teeth are apples, pears, and vegetables. These foods have high water content which dilutes the effects of sugar they may contain.

Hendersonville Dentist explains why certain foods are bad for your teeth

We all enjoy eating junk food, but majority of the food we want to eat and enjoy eating are poor choices for our teeth. Certain foods include, cakes, french fries, chips, pretzels, bananas, raisins, breads & muffins, mints and hard candies. Majority of these foods contribute to tooth decay because they continuously coat the teeth with sugar.


Hendersonville Dentist loves his team

Do you enjoy going to your job?

Here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry each one of us loves coming to work each day.  I promise we aren’t lying, each one of us enjoys getting up and coming into work and seeing our patients each day. It doesn’t feel like a job to us, we love what we do. When you love what you do it doesn’t feel like work.. right?

Our team is amazing

Our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry is amazing. Each individual works well with one another to make a strong team. We are always helping one another in order to ensure the patient has the utmost care and attention. When you walk into our office, I can assure you there will always be a smile on each one of our employee’s . We have fun while we are at work, and we enjoying talking and taking care of each one of our patients.

New Dental Prevention for our Hendersonville Patients

We have made some big strides in Hendersonville for preventing cavities.

I am super excited about this. Yesterday I saw a friend who had a root canal recently. 3 years ago it was a small cavity.  We are becoming much more passionate about dental prevention, about patient education and early dental treatment!

I fully believe that every root canal I do, is the product of me not getting a sealant on that tooth 5 years ago, or us not communicating to you how important flossing is.

I would much rather educate someone on how destructive sodas are, than do a root canal and crown. These procedures take away most of your tooth, and nothing is as good as what God gave us. Just a few things we are excited about around here. Click here for more info.