What is Gum Recession?
Gum (gingival) recession occurs when gums recede from the tops of the teeth enough to expose sensitive roots. People typically experience increased sensitivity to sugary or cold foods when gums no longer cover and protect teeth roots. In addition, untreated gum recession may lead to loosening of teeth and accelerated tooth decay, something our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry sees all too often.
Causes of Gum Recession
- Periodontal disease- a serious oral disease arising from poor oral habits.
- Gingivitis- gum disease characterized by bleeding and swollen gums.
- Overly aggressive brushing and or flossing- brushing hard in a scrubbing fashion will erode gum tissue at the roots of the teeth.
- Genetic predisposition to gingival recession- having inherited thing, insufficient gum tissue facilitates gum recession.
- Bruxism- a condition where someone regularly grinds their teeth, usually during sleep.
- Chewing tobacco/smoking- promotes chronically dry mouth and reduced gum health.
If you are worried about gum recession, visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry in Hendersonville, TN and talk to any member of our team.
Dental Myths and Misconceptions.
Sometimes the line between fact and fiction is easily blurred. This is certainly the case when it comes to dentistry, where myths and misconceptions abound. In a bid to put an end to health hoaxes, here are five dental myths to chew over.
Do You Know When You Have Dental Decay?
Sugar Is the Number One Tooth Decay- Sugar will rot your teeth. If you’re a parent, chances are you tell your children this every time they ask for something sweet. There is no denying that sugar leads to cavity formation, but it’s not the number one culprit of tooth decay. Sugar adds fuel to the fire, but it doesn’t light the match.
Going to the Dentist is a Painful Experience- It’s time to put this myth to rest. Now dental technology, developments in anesthetics and analgesics, and more conservative dental procedures have made visits to our office in Hendersonville, TN.
Bad Breath Means You’re Not Brushing- Poor dental hygiene can cause bad breath, but it’s not the only thing that will leave you looking for a breath mint. There are several factors that can cause bad breath, including illness, acid reflux, medication, dehydration. In addition, sometimes what you ear or drink can give you bad breath no matter how many times you brush or floss.
Bleaching Products Weaken Teeth- Gel, pastes, strips- there are all sorts of products available to make our pearly whites even whiter. If used according to the directions, bleaching products are harmless. They don’t affect the health or strength of the teeth, only color.
You Will Know When You Have tooth Decay-This is the type of false information that can lead to serious dental problems. There are no early symptoms of tooth decay. By the time you experience pain, your tooth decay has led to nerve damage, which means your decay is advanced and extensive. The only way to know if you have tooth decay and to prevent it is to visit our office at Hendersonville Family Dentistry twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.
Summer Means Vacation–Right?
For many of our patients at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, summer means a season of relaxation, vacation, and outdoor fun and activities. While you can’t take a vacation from dental emergencies, you can always be prepared for anything that can happen. Today, we will give our patients a few tips on handling dental emergency when you’re far from home and our office.
Dental Emergency When You Aren’t at Home.
Bitten Lip or Tongue- Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compression to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Throbbing toothache- Try brushing and flossing to ease the pain; the issue could simply that a piece of food is nestled in an uncomfortable spot between your teeth. If that is the case, try to gently remove the object with dental floss. If it still hurts, stick to soft foods, try an over the counter pain reliever, or dip a cotton ball in clove oil and insert it on the affected area until you can get to a local dentist.
Lost Filling or Crown- Dental wax will work to keep the sharp edges of your tooth from bothering you. If you can, save the crown or filling, and if you happen to have a denture adhesive handy, you can use it to temporarily reattach the crown until you can get to a local dentist.
Broken Tooth- Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water it’s it’s dirty. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to a local dentist as quickly as possible.
Broken Jaw- Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Visit a hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
If you have dental emergency after regular office hours and happen to be in town, please give us a call. We do have an after hours telephone number which will take you to our emergency number.
Fourth of July-Hendersonville, TN.
American will turn 240 years old on July 4th, 2016. It’s a day to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and also a time for every American to pay homage to our soldiers-past and present- who have placed themselves in harm’s way so that we may continue to enjoy our freedom.
Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones and the entire team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry would like to know; what are your plans for the 4th of July? Are you going to be out in the sun? Have you stocked up on fireworks? Are you going to grill up your favorite summer foods? If you have a 4th of July tradition, we would love to hear about it.
Hendersonville Family Dentistry
We hope you have a fun and safe holiday! Feel free to upload or tag us in your 4th of July photos to our Facebook, or Instagram pages and let us know how your Independence Day turned out this year! Our office will be closed Saturday-July 2 – Monday, July 4. Our normal office hours will resume on Tuesday-July 5, 2016.
Fluoride-Why You Need It
Fluoride is another hot topic in the news. There are claims and concerns across the internet about Fluoride and potential health issues including certain types of cancer, autism and attention deficit disorder. Most cases studies have not conclusively identified a clear correlation between fluoride and these health issues.
We recommend the supervised use of fluoride toothpaste for children ages t and older and adult patients, at safe and recommended levels. Fluoride treatment for children is a standard practice at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. However, our doctors and staff are more than happy to omit fluoride treatment if requested by the parent or guardian.
Home Oral Health Care
Home oral health care routines that include flossing, and brushing for two minutes, twice per day in combination with regular professional dental cleanings, are the best way to prevent cavities in both adults and children .Regardless the type of toothpaste you choose, children should always be closely monitored and supervised, the proper amount of toothpaste should be used.
If you are waking up with jaw pain, tension headaches, or facial pain, you may be suffering from a condition known as bruxism. This means you could be grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. Some people aren’t even aware they are grinding or clenching their teeth at night, until a visit to us reveals significant tooth enamel loss. Fortunately, there is non-invasive and effective solution teeth grinding, and the tooth enamel damage it can cause, in custom fabricated night guards.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
Tension, stress and anxiety experienced during the daytime can carry over to an individuals sleep, and lead the person to grind his or her teeth together or clench their teeth unknowingly. Sleep apnea is another condition that can result in bruxism. Regardless of the cause, however, frequent clenching and teeth grinding wears down the chewing surfaces of the teeth, reduces tooth enamel, and can result in a cracked or chipped tooth, crown or filling.
Custom night-guards are fabricated to fit like a glove and protect your teeth from the adverse effects of bruxism. Nightguards are created through a non-invasive process that simply takes an impression of the bottom and top rows of teeth. The result is a nightguard that is flexible, comfortable, and personalized to your mouth.
Summer Break: Wisdom Tooth Removal
After your son or daughter departs for college, the last thing you want to get is a call or text to learn he or she is in pain. Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry will tell you there aren’t many emergency situations that can be avoided when it comes to dental health, but on crisis that can easily be prevented before your teen heads hundreds of miles away for college is wisdom tooth extraction.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt in the late teen years to early 20s. Spacing and crowding problems often cause impaction and infections, which is why many people elect to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth can go from barley noticeable to extremely painful in a very short period of time.
When your teen’s wisdom teeth erupt, they may cause overcrowding of his or her teeth, which can have a negative effect on their alignment. Most people’s mouths do not have enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt fully and remain perfectly aligned. These problems can brew beneath the surface for weeks or months, offering no warning before painful symptoms hit.
If your child does elect to go through wisdom tooth extraction, we want to inform you that the first few days of recovery consist of careful measures to control bleeding and swelling, an adherence to a special soft diet, as well as medication routine that must be followed as recommended by Dr. Pitts after surgery.
Summer break is the perfect time to remove the wisdom teeth so that your child can avoid the stressful scenario of experiencing this medical emergency far away from home. If you have any questions on wisdom teeth removal or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones, give us a call today.