Have A Young Adult?

Oral Health For the Young Adult

Young adults often have the reputation of not taking good care of themselves. You may feel invincible, and not realize how much your behaviors now can affect your health later in life. Oral health is one area that is easy to neglect now, but that can lead to serious financial and quality life consequences later.

If you don’t already do so, it’s time to brush, floss, and rinse as Dr. Jones or Dr. Harbin taught you. Brush at least twice a day or after meals, and floss your teeth every day. If recommended, use mouthwash to kill germs in your mouth. If you are not able to brush your teeth after eating, swish water around in your mouth to remove the food from your teeth. Leaving carbohydrates in your mouth allows bacteria to ferment it and produce acid, which can destroy your tooth enamel and put you at risk for decay.

Visit Our Office Regularly

Young adulthood can be a challenging time when it comes to medical care. Your parents are no longer paying for your health insurance or taking you to your appointments. You may not worry much about getting regular cleanings, and exams, especially if you’re paying for themselves.

However young adults have a lot to gain from visiting Hendersonville Family Dentistry in Hendersonville, TN. We can check for signs of problems and fix them early, which can save thousands of dollars and ultimately, your teeth. Below are some examples of what we can do for you!

  • Get rid of plaque so it does not develop into tartar and cause periodontitis.
  • Identify and fill small areas of tooth decay to prevent it from progressing.
  • Examine your gums for signs of gingivitis, or early gum disease.


Children’s Dental Health

National Children’s Dental Health

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions our dentist often hear regarding children’s dental care.

Dental Care for Your Child

  • When to bring my child to the dentist? A good rule of thumb is to bring your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. Early appointments teach you how to properly care for your child’s teeth while also creating a certain comfort level for your child in the dental chair.
  • How often do I take my child to the dentist? Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones recommend you bring your child every six months for a check-up. This help avoid cavities and other dental problems down the road.
  • When to start using toothpaste? The recommended age to start using fluoridated toothpaste on children is 3.
  • When should children start flossing? Starting around four years old, gently begin flossing your children’s teeth. Most children can start flossing for themselves around eight years old.
  • Does a diet affect a child’s dental health? Establish a healthy, balanced diet to keep their teeth strong. In addition to the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals suggested by pediatric physicians, make sure your child is getting plenty of calcium to keep their bones and teeth cavity-free.
  • When to stop pacifier use? You should begin limiting or stop pacifier use after the baby is 6-months old. Any usage after six months is linked to an increase in ear infections. By the age of two your child should no longer be using a pacifier.

We look forward to seeing you and your little one at Hendersonville Family Dentistry in the near future. Call us to schedule your appointment!

Whitening Toothpastes-Hendersonville Dentist

How Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?

Whitening toothpastes are effective for removing surface stains from the teeth, but they can’t change the natural tooth colour. Those who have noticeable stains from soda, coffee, or cigarettes can expect visible changes with regular use of a quality whitening toothpaste. However, if your discoloration runs deeper, there are other whitening products that can better bring about the changes you’re after.

Understanding the active ingredients used for tooth whitening as well as the difference between various products will help you choose the treatment that best meets your needs.

Immediate Appearance of Whitening

If you’re deal with day-to-day surface stains from yellowing beverages or other lifestyle habits, a whitening toothpaste can help you scrub away the discoloration before it becomes a permanent part of your smile. However, this typically takes between two and six weeks of regular use. If you want a whiter appearance with the first application, you can achieve this through something of an optical illusion.

Look for whitening toothpaste that contain blue covarine. This chemical diminishes the yellow appearance on the surface of the tooth. The result is immediately perceptible, though not as long lasting as other methods of tooth whitening. It’s best to combine the optical properties of blue covarine with other approaches to tooth-whitening.

Want to know more about professional teeth whitening? Call our office to schedule your FREE smile consult with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones at Hendersonville Family Dentistry.

Are You Getting Married?

Wedding Season Is Almost Here!

Wedding season is just around the corner. If you are like me the wedding invites and or engagement parties are beginning to make their way to my refrigerator as a reminder to attend or RSVP. With wedding season almost here it’s time to start thinking about something other than the guest, cater, photographer and location it’s time to think about your smile for the BIG DAY!

Think about it, your wedding day is suppose to be THE HAPPIEST day of your life so what will you be doing the most? That’s right SMILING! So why not have the perfect smile for your wedding photo’s and video’s to come in the future?

The Perfect Smile for the Perfect Day.

Is there something about your smile you would like to change and feel you can’t afford it? STOP thinking that right now, until you visit our office located in Hendersonville TN and speak or have a free consult with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones. We have had so many brides in our office that think they won’t be able to afford the smile they have always wanted but then they leave happy and excited knowing their smile is going to be picture perfect for the big day.

Don’t want to necessarily change anything about your smile but want a brighter smile? We can help with this as well it’s called ZOOM teeth whitening. It’s amazing, and the results are even better! You don’t have to take my word for it you can view our album on Facebook or our website labeled Zoom and see the transformation for yourself!

So call our office today and schedule your free consult for smile evaluation or zoom teeth whitening, we want to help you for your big day. We want it to be perfect and what you have always dreamed of. It’s affordable I promise!

Sedation Dentistry- Hendersonville Dentist

Fear Dental Procedures?

Many people fear dental procedures. They worry about the pain they might feel as well as their vulnerability and potential discomfort. Sedation dentistry can definitely help patients feel more relaxed during dental work, but is it the right choice for you?

Continue to learn about sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry

With sedation, the dentist administers a drug before or during the dental procedure. Only one type -general anesthesia- renders the patient completely unconscious. The other forms will relax you, but won’t know you out completely.

Common types of Sedation Dentistry:

  • Nitrous Oxide: A gas that relaxes you during the procedure, it wears off quickly so your dentist will let you drive yourself home afterwards.
  • Oral Sedatives: Oral sedatives, such as diazepam, also helps patients to relax during dental procedures. You will typically takes these an hour or so before your appointment.
  • Intravenous sedatives: IV or intravenous sedatives can put you in varying stages of consciousness. This is also know as general anesthesia and as mentioned above will put you into a deep sleep until it wears off.

You might prefer dental sedation or sleep dentistry, but talk to your dentist about it first. Mention any allergic reactions you’ve experienced in the past, especially to anesthesia, so your dental professional can make safe, educated recommendations.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

You might suspect that your wisdom teeth are starting to emerge, but knowing the signs of impacted wisdom teeth can help you be more proactive about your dental care. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful and can make your life truly miserable until they are removed. Therefore, looking for the early warning signs listed below, and seeing Dr. Pitts if you experience them, can help you conquer the problem before it conquers you.

There are three primary signs of impacted wisdom teeth. While every person may not have all three of these signs, you can usually expect to experience at least one of these if your wisdom teeth are impacted.

Three Primary Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth.

  • Unusual Pain: If you are feeling a type of teeth pain you’ve never felt before, especially when it is focused in the back area of your jaw, this may be a sign that you have a tooth impaction.
  • Swollen Jaw: If your jaw is swollen and the area feels tender to the touch, you have a high chance of having an impacted tooth. Since the wisdom teeth are set so far back in your jaw, the swelling tens to show itself low in the jaw, towards the ears, when they are impacted.
  • Bleeding Gums: If your gums are bleeding, something, you may have notice when you see a pink or red tinged toothbrush, you may be dealing with a wisdom tooth issue. When the wisdom teeth are impacted, they put a lot of pressure on your back teeth and gums, which often leads to bleeding.

Visit our office in Hendersonville, TN as soon as possible if you have any of the above signs of impacted wisdom teeth. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner the pain will  be behind you for good.

Are You Brushing Too Hard?

Amount Of Force You Are Using

If you’re wondering the amount of force you’re using during brushing is too much, the answer is probably “Yes”. The reason this is so easy to state is the fact that only a little bit of pressure is necessary during dental hygiene. So little, in fact, that it’s only essential that your bristles are making contact with your teeth and gums. If you think you’re a bit too hard on your teeth and gums, we can help get you back on track.

What Could Happen?

The end result of brushing too hard will always include some form of damage that may become complex to improve with restorative care. In addition to bringing esthetic damage along, the side effects may include:

  • Receding Gums: This happens when you brush too hard and your gums begin to partially detach from your teeth, exposing too much of your roots. Sensitivity is common.
  • Enamel Erosion: This occurs when you begin stripping away the enamel ( outer tooth layer) of your teeth, exposing sensitive tissue beneath and leaving teeth vulnerable to decay and infection.

Make the choice to brush softly and to check in on your efforts to make sure you’re sticking to the change. Swap your manual toothbrush for one of the electric variety (preferably one with a feature that turns the brush off when you press too hard.) Simple!