Tooth Fairy’s Tips for Teaching Dental Care

National Tooth Fairy Day–What?!

Did you know National Tooth Fairy Day is coming up on February 28th and it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month. We wanted to combine these two year learning opportunities to help you teach your kids about the importance of caring for teeth.

Even though kids don’t lose their baby teeth until around age 6, it’s still a great idea to introduce them to the tooth fairy early on. This can help them get excited about brushing and flossing, so that their teeth will be clean and healthy by the time they lose them.

Make it Fun!

Let’s face it, the appeal of finding money under their pillow is sure to encourage kids to take care of their teeth. The Tooth Fairy can also leave little gifts that reinforce good oral hygiene, such as a new toothbrush or new toothpaste.

We all have Pinterest these days, follow us on Pinterest we have a whole board dedicated to the tooth fairy!

TMD Problems & How You Can Prevent Them

Temporomandibular Joing Disorders (TMD)

TMD is a set of conditions that involve trouble with your jaw and face muscles. They result from a problem in the temporomandibular (TMJ), which is a hing that connect the temporal bones, in your skull in front of each ear, to your jaw. The joint enables you to talk, yawn, and chew by letting your mouth move.

TMD can be very painful and interfere with functions such as eating and speaking.

What To Watch For To Prevent TMD

Risk factors for TMD- You are at higher risk for TMD if you are a woman than if you are a male. The disorder is most common among adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Other risk factors for TMJ disorders include the following:

  • Arthritis in the area, making movement more difficult.
  • Excessive tooth grinding, because it increases stresses on the joint
  • General stress, which can lead you to clench your teeth and strain facial muscles.

Preventing TMD:

You can try to prevent TMD by focusing on reducing risk factors. If you grind your teeth at night, ask Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones about wearing a mouthguard. If you are overly stressed looking into way to better manage your stress and relax your muscles. Another strategy for trying to prevent the development of TMD is to avoid chewing gum, since that puts stress on your jaw.

If you have questions about TMD, don’t hesitate to contact our office

Oral Health Concerns for Teens

Hendersonville Dentist- Teen Responsibilities.

You have a lot more freedom as a teenager than you did as a young child. You also have a lot more responsibilities, and one of your jobs is to take care of your teeth. Develop and maintain good dental habits now so you can have great dental health for life.

Tooth Decay Oral Health Concerns

Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones and our staff at Hendersonville Family Dentistry recommend keeping your teeth strong and healthy by brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day. You can take easy steps to prevent tooth decay when you are at school or hanging out with your friends. Carry a bottle of water around with you so you can take a sip after you eat any kind of food. Choose water or milk instead of soda or sports drinks.

Here are a few more tips that can keep your mouth attractive and healthy during your teen years.

  • Drink plenty of milk
  • Limit candies and sugary snacks
  • Wear a mouthguard if you play a contact sport
  • Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry twice a year.
  • Reduce infections and avoid piercing your tongue and lips.

You only get one set of permanent teeth in your life, so get in the habit of taking care of them now!



Happy New Year

New Year’s Day Around the World

New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the calendar year in most parts of the world. This holiday is celebrated on January 1st of each year. Customs and celebrations vary by country, religion, and even individual desires. Whether celebrated quietly or with gusto, the day brings the start of new opportunities for those that observe it.

How Did You Celebrate New Year?

In both the US and Canada, celebrations begin on New Year’s eve. At midnight on January 1st the New Year is welcomed with bells, horns, whistles and other noisemakers. Fireworks are often part of the celebrations. In New York City, Times Square comes alive with revelers. In Toronto, there are large celebrations which may feature concerts, late night partying, sporting events, and fireworks with free public transit service during the peak party times. Many individuals in North America greet the year by making resolutions for improvements in their lives.

If you observe New Year’s Day by making healthy resolutions, include dental care in your plans with Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. Caring for your mouth now can prevent many dental problems later in life. Hendersonville Family Dentistry wishes you a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year.

Surprising Ways to Prevent Cavities

Numerous Ways to Prevent Cavities

There are numerous ways to prevent cavities. Some, like brushing your teeth regularly and visiting Hendersonville Family Dentistry, are more obvious than others. Beyond the standard methods of preventing cavities there are a number of different ways to keep your mouth healthy that you might also find surprising.

Five Tips to Prevent Cavities

  1. Reduce your consumption of carbs and sugar. –The consumption of sugar is ultimately the biggest catalyst for cavities. Limiting the sugar you consume both at meals and while snacking you will in turn be preventing cavities. This goes for all carbs, not just sugar..
  2. Rinse your mouth with food-grade hydrogen peroxide  Some people this may seem a little odd, but washing your mouth out with a food-grade hydrogen peroxide is an excellent way to prevent cavities. Doing this will kill harmful bacteria that accumulates in your mouth in the same way applying the anti-septic to a cut does.
  3. Use a straw.– If you are someone that drinks a lot of sugary beverages a great way to prevent cavities is to use a straw. This way the sugar in the beverage does not come into contact with your teeth as much as it would if you were to drink straight from a glass, can , or cup and even a bottle.
  4. Chew gum– Chewing gum is another viable way of preventing cavities. You, of course, will need to chew a sugarless gum flavored with a substitute is like Xylitol, and preferably with a cavity fighting ingredient in it.
  5. Eat cheese — Plain and simple cheese has a protein called casein which helps build calcium in your teeth which is vital to the integrity of your mouth and preventing cavities.

Five Tips to Getting Over Your Fear of the Dentist

Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

Is there any profession that brings out peoples fear more than the dentist? These fears can be brought on by different issues ranging from child experiences, to a lack of control while sitting in the dentist chair. Whatever the issue might be, here are some tips to help overcome your fears and help your smile become the brightest it can be.

Helpful Tips to Overcome Fear of the dentist

  1. Find a Dentist You Trust: Overcoming a fear of the dentist all starts with trust. Ask friends and family if they have a dentist they like.
  2. Explain Yourself: This information will help your dentist determine the best course of action to help you manage your fears, and it will build a trusting relationship and help you feel more in control when in the dentist chair.
  3. Deep Breathing- There are many breathing exercises that can help you relax.
  4. Additional medication to help relax- Many dentist recommend nitrous oxide, sedation or anti-anxiety medication for nervous patients.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly- The more you go, the more you’ll get used to the sites and sounds.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A Crown Also Called a Cap

A dental crown is often called a “cap”. A dental crown covers all the visible parts of the tooth and has many functions and reasons for placement. There are several different types of crowns available at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. They vary in their material, appearance, and functionality. A porcelain fused to high noble metal, is the most common. A full cast, high noble metal crown is a gold crown, and a stainless-steel crown is meant to be temporary. The most natural-looking crown is one that is all porcelain. These are often used for front teeth.

Crowns Require More Than One Appointment.

Getting a crown typically requires two appointments. The first is a preparation with impressions, shaping, and placing a temporary. The impressions are either sent to a dental lab, where the process generally takes two weeks or done in office with a machine that can make a crown without needing a second appointment. These crown are made from a high quality solid block porcelain. The shape of the tooth is constructed from a digital 3D image of your tooth.

There are two types or porcelain crowns, depending on how they are made. A dental lab makes a full porcelain crown by baking a layer upon layer to make the porcelain look like natural enamel. A full porcelain crown made in office out of solid piece of porcelain will have increased strength. However, the natural layered appearance is extremely difficult to achieve.

A crown is placed on a tooth when added strength is needed. Cracks, large broken- down fillings, or previous root canal treatment are all conditions where a crown is the standard care. The type of crown that is most appropriate depends greatly on location.