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. 

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.


How To Get Some To Brush Their Teeth.

Convincing Someone To Brush Their Teeth.

Getting someone to brush their teeth seems like one of those things that you shouldn’t have to do, but the unfortunate reality is that dental hygiene is not a high priority list for many people. Years of bad habits formed as a child carry over into adult life and can affect relationships with friends and family, and especially with significant others, including spouses and fiancees.

It’s not too late to help someone change those unhealthy habits. Here are some strategies that may help change the conversation around oral health in your house.

Be Honest With Your Friends & Family.

I know no one likes to tell someone else they have bad breath or unsightly teeth, especially when it’s someone you love. However, sometimes honest really is the best medicine. tiptoeing around the issues is not going to incite long term change.

If they won’t listen to you, no matter how eloquent your thoughts or how much information you provide, it might be time to consult a dentist. A dentist can offer an objective and professional opinion that may resonate better than what you or other friends and family members say.

Make an appointment go with them to the dentist. Our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry has heard it all when it comes to people who do not take care of their teeth, so we’re ready for whatever your significant other might have up their sleeve.


Broken Front Tooth-Dental Emergency

Now What To Do With A Broken Front Tooth?

There are few dental traumas worse than breaking a front tooth. A broken front tooth impairs your ability to eat and talk, and there’s the embarrassment that comes from missing such a key part of your smile. The time just after breaking or losing a front tooth requires quick decisions made from solid information. Let us help you separate fact from fiction so you can get on track toward restoring your smile quickly.

Dental Emergency-Hendersonville TN.

In most situations the dentist will take x-rays of the affected area to determine the severity of the situation, then create a treatment plan for temporary and permanent solutions based on the severity of the injury.

Each situation is different, but if the original tooth can be saved, the dentist will usually try to save it. If the front tooth is broken then it may be splintered to the teeth on either side to help keep it stable while it heals. For an avulsed tooth, we may want to try to reinsert the tooth. If the tooth can be reinserted, this is the best case scenario, however, expect a few follow up appointments for the dentist to monitor the healing of the tooth.

It the broken tooth can not be saved, the doctor will discuss your options for short and long term tooth replacement options. These may include a crown, bridge, implant or partial denture.

It’s important to get to Hendersonville Family Dentistry as soon as possible after the trauma occurs. Not seeking medical care can lead to an infection or the possibility that a partially- damaged tooth would need to be completely extracted.