The Sooner You Know About Root Canals The Better

What Is A Root Canal?

Recently, has your dentist informed you that you need root canal treatment? Is so you are not alone. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal or endodontic treatment. Root canals can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile. A dentist can treat the inside of the tooth, and this is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflamed or infection can have a variety of causes; deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth.

How Root Canal Treatment Save a Tooth?

During root canal treatment the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed with a rubber like material. Afterwards the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration the tooth will continue to function like any other tooth.

Are Your Kids Flossing Properly?

What Is the Right Way To Floss?

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach under the gum line and in between the teeth. Plaque can build up and lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended. You need to start with about eighteen inches of floss, wind most of the floss around both middle fingers leaving at least an inch or two of floss to work with. While holding the floss between your thumbs and index finger, slide it gently up and down between your teeth. Never snap or force the floss, this can bruise or cut delicate gum tissue. Ensure you are using clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

What Types of Floss Should I Use?

There are two types of floss to choose from:

Nylon floss is available waxed or unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. This floss may sometimes shred or tear especially between teeth with tight contact points. While PTFE floss slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.

The Ugly Truth About Oral Piercing

Oral Piercing

Oral piercing and tongue splitting are forms of body art and self expression in today’s society. However oral piercing which involve the tongue (the most common site), lips, cheeks, uvula or a combination of sites and tongue splitting can be associated with a number of adverse oral and systemic conditions. As with any puncture wound or incision, piercing can cause pain, swelling and infection.

The Drawback to Oral Piercings

Possible adverse outcomes secondary to oral piercing include increase salivary flow, gingival injury or recession, damage to teeth, interference with speech, scar tissue formation and development of metal hypersensitives . It has also been speculated that glavanic currents from stainless-steel oral jewelry in contact with other interoral metals could result in pulpal sensitivity.  Secondary infection from oral piercings can be serious. With all of this in mind, we recommend you think twice about getting those oral piercings done.

How To Take The Headache Out of Oral Health

Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Nearly 9 in 10 disease can cause symptoms in your mouth. That puts your dentist on the front line for spotting serious health conditions developing silently in your body. This is the one reason it’s so important to see your dentist at least two times a year for dental cleanings and checkups. When caring for your teeth and gums at home, it’s also important to watch for new problems in your mouth. They may be warning signs of more serious conditions in your body.

Symptoms To Look Out For

  • Gum, tooth, or jaw pain
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose or lost teeth
  • Reoccurring bad breath
  • Sore, irregular patches, or lumps in your throat

If you have any of these warning signs, seek your dentist right away. Your dentist can diagnose specific dental issues that may be developing. Or he can also refer you to another health care professional for further evaluation and treatment.

Why I Take My Oral Health Seriously (And Maybe You Should Too)

It Takes More Than Just Brushing

OK so you know about brushing and flossing. There are other steps you should take if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Some people assume they will lose their teeth as they age. That doesn’t have to happen! Below are some suggestions for you in order to achieve a healthy mouth that last a lifetime.

Eight Steps to Dental Health

  1. Understand your own oral health needs- Some medications, including more than 300 common drugs can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, resulting in dry mouth. Woman who are pregnant often go through oral changes. Patients with asthma often breath through their mouth, which in turn can result in dry mouth and increased plaque. People with braces often have difficulty cleaning their teeth and develop more plaque.
  2. Commit to a daily oral health routine- Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about your oral health practices. Based on your discussion come up with an effective plan or routine.
  3. Use fluoride products-  Everyone can benefit from fluoride not just children. Fluoride strengthens developing teeth in children. It also helps prevent decay in children and adults.
  4. Brush and floss to remove plaque- Everyone should brush at least twice a day. In addition, you should at least floss once a day. These activities remove plaque, which is a complex mass of bacteria  that constantly forms on your teeth.
  5. Limit snacks, and eat a balanced diet- Every time you eat bits of food become lodged in and around your teeth. This food provides fuel for the bacteria in plaque. This occurs more often when eating snacks and food stays on your teeth for a while.
  6. If you use tobacco in any form, quit- Smoking or using smokeless tobacco increases your risk in oral cancer and gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth decay. Using tobacco also contributes to bad breath and stains your teeth.
  7. Examine your mouth regularly- Your dentist and hygienist see you only a few times a year, but you can examine your mouth weekly to look for changes that might be of concern.
  8. Visit the dentist office regularly- Discuss with your dentist how often you should be seen. If you are on medications, a diabetic or prone to cavities he/she may suggest you visit the dentist more often than just a couple of times a year.

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.