Hendersonville Dentist Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Hendersonville Dentist Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Hendersonville Family Dentistry.

We want to wish all of our patients a very Happy Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving we hope you are feasting on turkey, stuffing, pies, cake–you name it. Since these and other carbohydrate- rich or sugary treats are likely to make their way to your holiday dinner table this Thanksgiving. We want to share some quick ways to take care of your teeth, while still enjoying a piece of your grandmother’s famous pecan pie.

  • Avoid sticky foods.
  • Avoid eating hard foods or surfaces.
  • Eat a balanced meal.
  • Cut down on snacking
  • Take your toothbrush with you.

Normal Office Hours Will Resume Monday.

We will be closed Thursday-November 26, and Friday-November 27. Our normal office hours will resume on Monday-November 30, 2015. We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving this year. Enjoy the time spent with your family, and remember to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Why Do My Gums Bleed So Easily?

Do Your Gums Bleed?

Do your gums frequently bleed when you brush your teeth or eat certain types of food? The sight of blood originating from your gums can be frightening to say the least, but understanding the root cause of this condition will allow you to better treat and prevent.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are a number of different factor which can play a role in the bleeding gums, one of which is the presence of plaque buildups at or around the gum line. Also known as gingivitis, this condition is characterized by bacteria which accumulates and thrive around the gums, thus causing an inflammatory response by the body’s immune system. Unless the plaque is removed, it will harden to form tough tarter which subsequently leads to further bleeding.

Bleeding gum could be a sign of the jawbone disease known as periodontitis. Not to be confused with gingivitis , periodontitis is more severe condition in which bacteria makes its way up the side of the teeth to the gum line. Once here, the bacteria can destroy portions of the jawbone, increasing the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss.

Tips for Preventing Bleeding Gums: 

  • Brush your teeth and gums with a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • Use an ADA – approved mouth rinse.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco products
  • Unless recommended by your doctor, avoid the use of aspirin, ibuprofen or similar blood thinning drugs.
  • Floss between your teeth daily.

Contact us if you have problems with bleeding gums or if you would like to schedule an appointment with on our dentist in Hendersonville, TN.

The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

Foods That Are Good to Gobble

Your teeth have (hopefully) survived the sweet, sticky, sugar-coated event that was Halloween. Time for the next holiday to potentially put a dent in your dentin-Thanksgiving! Here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry we have put together a list of the good, the bad, and the starchy foods of this all-American fest.

Turkey- Protein-rich foods, like good old Tom Turkey, can actually be good for your teeth.

Yams- Yams are naturally sweet, so hold the gooey, sticky marshmallows, please.

Veggies- Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots and celery contain high amounts of Vitamins A and C which are instrumental in repairing gums from periodontal disease.

Pumpkin- Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin C and calcium, a great combination for strengthening bones and teeth.

Cranberry Sauce- Cranberry gets the gold star of dental health as far as Thanksgiving goes!

Turkey Day Hall of Shame Foods

Pecan Pie- A sticky, sugary, chewy disaster for teeth. At least pumpkin pie has some vitamins to offer.

Popcorn Balls- The popcorn and caramel can easily get stuck in your teeth promoting tooth decay, not to mention discomfort.

White Wine- Although it won’t stain your teeth like red wine, white wine has a high pH level and packs an acidic punch that can erode your teeth.

Stuffing, cakes and rolls- That’s right. Pretty much all the good stuff. These carb-loaded, starchy treats are great for causing tooth decay.

Okay okay we don’t want to ruin all your holiday fun. Go ahead and indulge- in moderation- in some of these forbidden treats. We won’t tell! Just be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water or, better yet, brush your teeth after your big holiday meal.


How Does Whitening Toothpaste Work, How Effective is it at Whitening My Teeth?

Keeping Your Teeth White

Another motivation for frequently brushing your teeth with high-quality toothpaste is to keep your teeth white. If you want whiter teeth but don’t want to undergo an in office or at home bleaching treatments, you might consider choosing whitening toothpaste for your daily brushing.

White teeth are more attractive, which can help you feel more confident in your smile. Having a whiter smile and greater self-assurance can send the message that you take care of yourself and are confident in your abilities.

How Whitening Toothpaste Works

All toothpaste has whitening properties because they help remove food particles from your teeth. To carry the American Dental Association seal for whitening, however, toothpaste must contain certain chemicals that help remove stains. To obtain the benefits of whitening toothpastes, you need to use it regularly. Depending on the variations in the color of your teeth, some people are more likely than others to achieve the desired results with whitening. Proper oral hygiene and the use of whitening toothpaste are your best bets for keeping your teeth as white as possible. In addition avoid, using tobacco products and rinse your mouth after drinking coffee.

Drill-Free Dentistry with Air Abrasion

Do You Dread the Dentist?

Do you hate the sound of he drill, fear anesthesia or needles, and out off your regular checkups because you dread being told you will have to undergo dental procedures? Then drill free air abrasion dentistry is for you. Air abrasion is a drill-free technique used by dentists to remove old fillings and stains. It is particularly appropriate for young children or people with dental anxiety, because it is sound-and vibration-free. It allows the creation of a relaxing atmosphere, requires less anesthesia in many cases, and involves much less noise.

How Does Drill-Free Dentistry Work?

Air abrasion is like a mini sandblaster, it sprays away decay causing tarter and plaque. Tarter and plaque is removed by a fine stream or particles, comprised of silica, aluminum oxide or a baking soda mixture which is sprays toward the tooth by compressed air or gas in a dental hand-piece. The debris is then suctioned away.

How Dry Mouth Can Affect Your Oral Health

Are You Experiencing Dry Mouth?

Dry Mouth is a common condition that is somewhat overlooked. Patients can experience various levels of dry mouth. The most common cause of dry mouth is the side effect of many medications. Treatment for head and neck cancer or tumors (radiation therapy) also affects dry mouth symptoms.

Dry Mouth Increases Incidence of Cavities.

Dry mouth increases the incidence of cavities, demineralization, tooth sensitivity,burning sensation, and gum recession.

It is important to discuss these problems with your dentist and physician. Your physician may be able to change you medication to ones with fewer side effects. Your dentist will recommend topical fluoride treatment to minimize cavities, salivary stimulants and acids such as sugar free chewing gum, over the counter remedies such as biotene and carrying bottles water with you to keep your mouth hydrated.

While there is no cure for dry mouth, these simple steps can help minimize symptoms.

New Patient Office Visits

Your First Initial Visit at Hendersonville Family Dentistry

Your first visit to our office typically includes X-rays that allow Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have no yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.

The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up to date information on your health. Inform Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also, tell us the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking–whether prescription or over the counter products– and the name of your physician. Inform the doctor’s of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help us select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.

Regular Checkups Are Important

We encourage regular checkups for individuals age four and up. Most people find that it is valuable to have checkup at least every six month so Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones can:

  • Check for problems that you might not see or feel.
  • Find early signs of decay.
  • Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable.

Regular checkup appointment typically take 30-45 minutes for children and 60 minutes for adults. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.