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.

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.

Hendersonville Dentist Sell Tooth & Gums Tonic

What is Tooth & Gums Tonic?

Tooth & Gums Tonic is a professional strength formula from the Dental Herb Company that use truly natural ingredients. Tooth & Gums Tonic is alcohol free, made without chemicals, and it is also non-staining.

Tooth & Gums Tonic is formulated to reduce oral bacteria.

The truly natural tonic contains precisely calculated proportions of pure essential oils that work synergistically with extracts of organically grown herbs to maintain healthy teeth and gums and freshen breath.

Our Hendersonville Dentist Office is expanding!

Hendersonville Family Dentistry is expanding into the empty space next door.

The architect has done the main drawings for the new section of the dental office. We are increasing our size by over 50%. This will allow us to bring in another Dr. and to offer more services, letting us serve our patients better. This will allow us to continue to except walk ins, by giving us more space.

We never want to turn anyone in tooth pain away, and this will help out a lot.

The office will probably not even have to close during the renovation, and we hope that the process will be finished 30 days after they start. Hope everyone has a great weekend. Click here for more info on our office

Hendersonville Dentist and Teeth Whitening

What is the difference between the DASH and ZOOM whitening ?

In our office, we charge a flat $299.00 for the DASH whitening and $425.00 for our ZOOM whitening.

Other than the price, clinically there are a couple of differences between the two.

Another difference is the time in the chair that you spend. When doing the ZOOM treatment, you are in the dental chair for about two hours. The DASH whitening is almost half of that time. Depending on the patient, DASH can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.

The ZOOM whitening uses a light during the procedure, where as the DASH whitening uses a stronger bleach than the ZOOM.

How To Brush Your Teeth Hendersonville Dentistry Style

Dental Hygiene is very important for your health. 

When brushing your teeth, you always want to make sure to use a soft bristle tooth brush, or an electric tooth brush. Angle the tooth brush at a 45 degree angle towards your gums in light, circular motions. Make sure not to brush too hard as this could cause recession, in turn, causing symptoms of sensitivity.

If you use an electric tooth brush make sure you let the tooth brush do the work. Be sure to use minimal pressure when applying the electric tooth brush to your teeth. 

If you have any other questions feel free to ask your Hygienist at your next cleaning appointment!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from your Hendersonville Dentist

Everyone here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry would like to say “Happy Thanksgiving.”

We want all of our patients to drive safe and eat lots of Turkey. It is a time for you to be with your friends and family. We will be here to take care of your dental needs, when you get back.  Be careful with your teeth, as most dentist office in Hendersonville are not open until Monday! Everyone have a nice holiday.

Dr. Scott