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.

A Dentist’s Guide to Eating Halloween Candy

 Halloween Time is Here

Here we are again! Halloween is almost here in just 26 days and our cauldrons are full of delicious and delectable treats and our streets will be overrun with hundreds of zombies, army guys and Princess Elsa’s. As a dentist you would think I have fortitude to resit the sweet seduction of a fun size snickers bar. Well…… I don’t. Fortunately though, I have been able to avoid “cavity bugs” over the years and would like all of you to do the same.

How to Avoid Cavity Bugs this Halloween Season

  1. Toss the sour stuff- Sour candy has pH levels that are almost equivalent to battery acid. Sour candies are usually designed to be chewed or sucked on over time which is more damaging to teeth. These candies can linger in our mouths for hours.
  2. Scrap the hard and chewy stuff- Hard candy such as lollipops and jawbreakers can no only damage teeth but they also deliver a slow and steady stream of glucose for bacteria to turn into cavity-causing acid. And chewy things like caramel or fruit chews fit snuggly into the tiny grooves of our molars creating sugary sealant.
  3. Damage control-Don’t wait to long to brush. It only takes 20 minutes for cavity bugs to begin an all out assault on our enamel. At the very least, rinse out your mouth with water after you’re done eating any type of candy.
  4. Moderation is key- Create a specific time your children are allowed to eat the candy such as dessert or mid-day snack.
  5. Three Day Rule- After three days get rid of all of it. Yes I said it and yes you read it correctly. I know I sound like a party pooper, but after all I am a dentist.

The Benefits of Straight Teeth Using Invisalign

Popular Option for Straighter Teeth

A popular option for straightening teeth at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, Invisalign can be a great method for improving your smile, and can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more! Invisalign, which is different from traditional braces work by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order to eventually move your teeth into their ideal positions. Patients typically swap aligners approximately every couple of weeks.

Giving You A Beautiful Healthy Smile

At Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we have lots of experience using this technology to give our patients the beautiful and healthy smile they’ve always wanted. During your initial visit at our Hendersonville Family Dentistry, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should be.

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want, and  brushing and flossing are way easier. Depending on the severity of the problem, Invisalign treatment may take anywhere from three to 18 months to complete.

Oral Health Concerns for Infants

Infant Doesn’t Need Dental Care

Babies’ teeth don’t appear until around six to eight months of age. It’s a natural misconception that they don’t need dental care. The steps you take as the parent of an infant can help your baby maintain good oral health and develop healthy dental habits in the future. It’s easy to take care of a baby’s teeth and gums, especially when oral hygiene for your infant becomes part of the normal daily routine.

Baby’s Oral Hygiene

  • Dental Hygiene for Birth to Six Months- Cleaning your infants gums is as important as cleaning teeth will be later. Hold your baby in your arms, and with a clean, moistened washcloth wrapped around your index finger, gently massage his or her gums.
  • Dental Hygiene for Six to 12 Months- After teeth begin to appear it’s time to switch to a soft, children’s toothbrush for teeth cleaning. Gently brush your baby’s teeth after each feeding, in the morning, and before bedtime, just as you did before teeth appeared.
  • Good Bedtime Habits-One of the most important things you do to protect your infant from tooth decay is to avoid the habit of putting baby to bed with a bottle. Use other soothing bedtime activities such as rocking and lullabies, to help your baby drift to sleep.
  • A Note about Dental Decay- Many people are unaware that dental decay is transmissible. Avoid placing your baby’s bottle, sippy cup, or pacifier in your own mouth to test the temperature. Likewise, don’t share utensils with your baby.

Why Crowns Are Recommended to Patients

Multiple Reasons For A Crown

There are multiple reasons for doing crowns and different types of materials that crowns can be made of. I will try to cover the most basic reasons crowns are diagnosed and recommended. Most often, they are made of porcelain material that is both durable and aesthetic.

Some of the most common reasons crowns are needed initially is because of the decay.Often times, especially with silver (amalgam) fillings, cracks and marginal leaks allow bacteria to filter underneath the filling causing decay to grow fairly large. When teeth have large fillings, especially ones that cover more than a 1/2 of the biting surface of the tooth, the tooth is at a much higher risk of breaking and fracture. When the tooth does eventually fracture, it can break in ways that we can’t predict, often leading to root canals or even extractions.

Crowns Provide A Stable and Reliable Protection.

Nevertheless, crowns provide a stable and reliable protection for teeth that have been weakened. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, and we will be more than willing to help you!