Toothache Causes, Symptoms, Triggers.

What Are Your Symptoms?

Pain in your tooth and mouth is the primary symptom of a toothache, but the type of pain can vary and present itself in multiple ways:

  • Sharp, throbbing or constant pain.
  • Tooth pain that only occurs when pressure is applied
  • Swelling painful gums
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Fever or headache

What Are Your Causes Of A Toothache?

Generally, tooth pain is a result of inflammation of the soft, center part of the tooth. This pain can have several different causes:

  • Cavities
  • Infection at the root of the tooth.
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Damaged fillings
  • Repetitive motions ( chewing or grinding)
  • Infected gums.

Toothache triggers some behaviors or foods can start your toothache, or even make it worse. They are known as “triggers” and include:

  • Cold drinks or food
  • Sweet foods
  • Biting down on anything
  • Putting other pressure on the tooth.





Alcohol & Oral Health

Drinking Alcohol Affect My Oral Health?

There are a few reasons why that martini may not be good for your pearly whites.

In addition to creating an overly acidic environment in your mouth, alcohol severely dehydrates oral tissues because of its desiccant and diuretic properties. Alcohol saps oral tissues of their moisture so readily, saliva glands can’t keep enough saliva in the mouth to prevent dry mouth. In addition saliva contains antibacterial properties that inhibits growth of anaerobic bacteria, a destructive type of oral bacterial responsible  for tooth decay, gingivitis, chronic bad breath and periodontitis.

Oral Cancer And Alcohol.

Most metabolism of alcohol is done in the liver, evidence shows that metabolism occurs outside the liver and that enzymes in the mouth could encourage accumulation of acetaldehyde in oral tissues.

When combined with poor oral health, smoking and other detrimental lifestyle factors, alcohol may be considered a primary contributory factor in the development of oral cancer.

If you have any questions about alcohol and its connection to oral health, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones at your next visit at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. 

Teeth Whitening For A Bright Smile

Whiter Smile For Summertime

Summer brings sunshine and warm weather, and many of our patients begin thinking about brightening their smiles this time of year. A whiter smile is just one visit away at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. 

Teeth whitening is safe, quick, and inexpensive. It can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Just let us know any appointment if you would like a brighter smile.

Zoom Teeth Whitening

Get your beautiful smile today! Give us a call at 615-822-8262. Ask us about Zoom Teeth Whitening.


Back To School…Already?

August Is Just Around the Corner

We can tell that school is almost back in session, our office has been full of seeing and treating kid’s before their fall schedule’s get too busy. We are loving see all of our families in Hendersonville, TN and asking what they have been up to this summer. When asking most of them if they are ready to go back they say “no not yet” or other’s may say “yeah I am ready to see my friends again.”

As for the upcoming college freshmen we can’t get them to stop talking so we can begin our work of cleaning or treatment. They are so excited to tell us where they are attending college and what they will be majoring in. Of course some of us who have attended the same college they are attending are dishing out all of the advice we can give.

Is The Dentist On Your List of To Do’s.

Are you or your family members due for their dental cleaning’s? Now is the PERFECT time to get yourself and your family into our office for your routine dental cleaning and or finish that unscheduled treatment you may still have. Why wait until the kid’s are back in school or your fall schedule’s pick up when you have the free time right now!

Call our office and we can get you scheduled today! 615-822-8262 

Back to School: Hendersonville Dentist

Back to School: Hendersonville Dentist

Back To School Checklist.


Your child may have the latest wardrobe, school supplies and sports equipment for the new school year, but do they have a healthy mouth and the tools he or she need to maintain it?

Your child’s back to school checklist should include:

  1. Regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems. Parents and teachers may not realize there’s a dental problem, so regular checkups are important. We may suggest fluoride treatments or sealants to prevent decay and can diagnose and treat dental problems to save your child pain and lost school time.
  2. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing head for the dental care aisle when you’re out shopping for notebooks, binders, and pencils. If parents buy several toothbrushes they could have the child change to a new one every three months or so, or after an illness.
  3. Eating healthy lunches and snacks. Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks, in your child’s sack lunch, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks.

Schedule Your Appointment Today.

Now is the perfect time to schedule you or your families appointments before school starts back. You will want to schedule an appointment before your schedule’s begin to get too hectic. Call us today 615-822-8262. 

Do You Understand Your Dental Insurance?

Do You Have Dental Insurance?

Do you have dental insurance? Do you understand exactly how it works and what it covers? Sure, dental insurance is a huge benefit since it save you a lot of money. You can protect your teeth and smile at a fraction of the price you’d pay without dental insurance. Still coverage is often confusing. You need to know what you can and can’t do on your current plan.

Basic Type of Dental Coverage

Fee for service is the basic type of dental coverage most employers offer. The worker doesn’t know when they’ll need dental work performed. So, the plan lets the worker decide when to schedule an appointment. Once there, the employees receives any dental work that is needed.

The payment at the dentists office is straightforward. The patient tells the dental employee which insurance company will cover the service. The office worker checks to see how much that company covers. The patient is responsible for the rest, which is usually only a small percentage of the cost. Fee for service plans ordinarily requires the patient to pay some amount at the dental office. Otherwise, the patients sets up a payment schedule.

Hendersonville Office & Dental Treatment

Hendersonville Dentist Cutting Edge Technology.

A dental office on the cutting edge of technology offers numerous benefits to its patients. Whether you are in need of a simple cleaning or extensive restorative work, these technologies will help you stay more comfortable and give you better results than the outdated tools used in many offices. Here are some of the technologies that you can expect to see in our modern dental office.

Technologies To Expect At Hendersonville Dentistry.

Digital radiography: Digital x-rays and imaging expose patients to far less radiation than traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays provide a more detailed and easier to view snapshot of what is going on in and around your teeth. It also makes it much easier for patients to see what is going on since we can pull it up directly on our computer monitor.

Panoramic X-rays: The panoramic x-ray machine rotates around your head and takes 3D image of it, giving us a very complete picture that allows for more effective and timely treatment planning.

Paperless bills & records: We all know the inconvenience of paper bills and receipts they can create clutter and get lost. Our office has done away with this trouble of going paperless. This means you’ll receive all your pertinent paperwork in your email inbox and records will be kept digitally at the office. No more wall full of patient records.

This is just an overview of the many advances that we’ve made to our office located in Hendersonville TN.