Use Them or Lose Them!

Dental Insurance Benefits

Do you have dental insurance? Unsure? Well if you have health insurance than more than likely you are paying into for dental insurance as well. So my next question is, have you been to the dental office recently? Are you going for your periodical cleanings, or needing dental work done? Then what are you waiting for! If you are paying into your company, or it’s coming out of your check each week, then why are you not using your dental benefits?

There should be NO EXCUSE! You are allowing your dental benefits go to waste. Oh, so you are waiting until you have a major toothache. Well that’s just pardon my language stupid that is just going to cost you more money. Why no maintain your smile, visit your dentist twice a year and take up on the opportunity of your dental benefits.

Schedule Your Appointment Today.

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Please, don’t wait until December to try and make an appointment with our office, because more than likely we won’t have any appointments available for you. Call our office today 615-822-8262 to schedule your appointment. This gives you plenty of time if you need treatment to plan ahead and schedule it and work it out with your schedule.

Again, you are paying for your dental benefits so why allow that money go to waste. If you don’t use them, you lose them. These benefits do not roll over to next year.

 

September is National Gum Care Month!

September Already!?

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Can you believe it’s already September? At Hendersonville Family Dentistry we know that gingivitis the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize. Many people don’t recognize the warning signs, bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease. This month, a national campaign is under way to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we wanted to help do our part to spread the word!

Important Steps to Healthy Gums.

Studies have been published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:

  1. Gums that appear red or swollen
  2. Gum that feel tender
  3. Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
  4. Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
  5. Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
  6. Loose teeth
  7. Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you happen to notice any of these sings with your or your child, please schedule an appointment at our office in Hendersonville, TN. Our team will begin taking proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve hum care in your or your child’s daily oral hygiene habits.

Managing Oral Pain

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Experiencing tooth or oral pain is not fun. If you can not get to Hendersonville Family Dentistry right away, the pain may even seem to increase. The old saying that a tooth will stop hurting once you get to a dentist is not that far from true. However, there are many tips you can try to relieve your oral pain until you see Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones.

Common Pain Relief Options.

First, you need to determine the source of the pain. This is sometimes not possible, but it may help. If you are experiencing pain between your teeth or along the gum line, try swishing some warm salt water in your mouth. One teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm (not hot) water is all you need.

You can also try flossing as long as bleeding is not present. Salt water soothes other mouth irritations to reduce pain. You can also try over-the-counter pain relievers including oral medications or topical gels.

Toothpastes designed to relieve pain from sensitive teeth may work. While these pastes do take time to reach full effectiveness they can be helpful if you have to wait several days.

Remember, these tips are only designed to provide temporary pain relief. You need to schedule an appointment at Hendersonville Family Dentistry quickly. Call and schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones and Dr. McNutt as soon as possible.

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Are You Getting Your Energy Through a Drink?

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Teeth?

Many of our patients at Hendersonville Family Dentistry ask us this questions, so here is the scoop. Energy drinks have been on the rise, taking up more and more space on grocery store shelves. Drinks such as Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Monster Assault, Rockstar, and the like promise to jump start your day, given you more energy, and help you feel more alert. They also do a lot more than that. Turns out, they do a pretty good job of stripping your teeth of enamel, which can be very bad.

What Can You Do?

We aren’t recommending you drink energy drinks at all, if you must drink one occasionally, there are a few things you can do to minimize the damage to your teeth.

  1. Drink through a straw.
  2. Don’t hold the drink in your mouth before swallowing.
  3. Rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking this kind of beverage. Water helps both to neutralize the acid and to increase the production of saliva.
  4. Chew sugar-free gum immediately after to increase saliva production.
  5. Don’t brush your teeth right after drinking an energy drink. Wait at least an hour instead, because the combination of the acid and brushing will further damage tooth enamel.

The best advice is to refrain from drinking energy drinks altogether. One of the best hydrators is water. Water is a natural energy-booster and hydrator and it doesn’t contain calories.

If you have further questions or concerns about energy drinks please call our office today. 615-822-8262

Ways To Get Kids Ready for School

School Is Back In Session

Just as soon as you’ve gotten into your summer routine, back to school seems to be lurking right around the corner. Getting ready for back to school can be just as stressful as it is for kids. Here’s a checklist that will make getting ready a little bit easier for everyone.

Seven Tips for Back To School.

  1. Taking inventory of your kid’s wardrobe. What clothes have they grown out of, and what needs to be replaced? Make a list for back to school shopping to avoid the panic on picture day.
  2. Check to see if your child’s school provides back to school checklist for school supplies.
  3. Review your emergency plan with your children. Make sure the school has all of your updated medical information and accurate emergency contacts.
  4. If your child is using a locker and combination lock for the first time, practice going over the combination with them until they feel comfortable.
  5. Confirm after school pick up times and child care arrangements
  6. Try prepping a week’s worth of school lunches in advance.
  7. Talk to your kids about any fears or concerns they have about the upcoming school year. It’s normal for kids to be nervous before the start of a new year, but knowing that you’re there to talk can help assuage their first day  jitters.

It’s normal for kids to be nervous before the start of a new year, but knowing that you’re there to talk can help relieve their first day jitters.

Healthy Smiles For All Ages

Bring  A Healthy Smile Back to School.

Aaah, August school is back in session. No matter which emoji you’re using to describe how you feel about it, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s back to school time. Listen up parents, how can you get back into the swing of things, get the kids out the door and into the classroom with their healthiest smile and keep you sanity? We have a few suggestions for any age group that just might help.

Healthy Smiles for All Ages.

If your young child is along for a trip to the dentist or orthodontist, it’s a great opportunity to teach them about the importance of visiting the dentist. You can also give your child a guided tour of dental office and help get them used to the sights and sounds during this impressionable age. Just ask any of our staff at your local office we are always happy to help create a positive experience for kids.

There are many fun ways to teach young kids all about teeth- what they are made of, how to take good care of them. Children learn best when their senses are engaged. Craft projects and other hands on activities are a great way to capture a child’s interest, even when it comes to dental health.

We recommend parents bring their children in for the first dental visit by twelve months of age, and every six months after that. Call our office 615-822-8262 to schedule your appointment today!

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

What is Nitrous Oxide

Our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry understands that the sighs, sounds and sensations at a dental office can be unsettling for some patients. One effective technique that we use to comfort you is to offer the gas nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is common anesthetic used during many dental procedures.

Nitrous oxide is an oxide of nitrogen which has a slight odor and taste. During medical or dental procedures, the gas is mixed with oxygen than inhaled through a mask that covers your nose. Within minutes, you should feel calm and experience an overall sense of relaxation. You will be able to breath on your own and move your limbs and be conscious enough to hear and respond to our dentist’s questions. The effects of nitrous oxide disappear shortly after the mask is removed and the drug is quickly eliminated from your body.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

The drug is combined with oxygen at dental offices, this ensures oxygen reaches the brain and prevents dangerous side effects or hypoxia. Nitrous oxide is a non-addictive and non-allergic, however it may cause nausea in up to ten percent of patients. we recognize that all patients are different and encourage you to talk with Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.

We want to help all patients to overcome dental anxiety, so please, give us a call at Hendersonville Family Dentistry.