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!

Needing A Routine Dental Checkup?

What Happens During Dental Checkup?

What happens during a typical checkup? Well, let us tell you all about it! According to a recent study about 80% of American’s visit their dentist at least once each year for a regular dental checkup. However, many people have little to no idea what actually is happening in their mouth while they’re in the dental chair.

Hearing strange noises and having someone work inside your mouth can understandably cause a lot of stress and anxiety. But not to worry, we’re here to tell you exactly what will be going on from start to finish the next time you visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry for a routine checkup. After all the more you know about something, the less scary it seems.

Welcome to Hendersonville Family Dentistry.

The first person you will meet during your dental appointment is the receptionist. They make things flow smoothly around the office. coordinate payments and appointments, and give you your notifications for when you are suppose to come in.

The next person you will meet after checking in for your dental appointment, and the person you will spend the most time,e with is your dental hygienist or perhaps registered dental assistant. Your dental hygienist are trained dental professionals who take care of routine dental care, such as cleanings. Registered dental assistants assist the dentist in other dental procedures.

Before anything is done inside your mouth your hygienist will need to know about your medical history, such as any changes in your health, medications pregnancy etc.

Now that you have shared your health concerns, they can start working inside your mouth. The first thing they will do is give your teeth a through cleaning. They will also give your teeth a smooth and shiny finish using a tooth polisher with a spinning head and slightly abrasive paste. The polishing will get rid of any residue that was previously missed and will make your teeth smoother so that plaque will not collect as easily on them between visits to the dentist.

Last the is the dental exam performed by Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones. They will use your dental x-rays to see if there is any loss of bone, fractures, or any other abnormality below your visible gum line before moving on to look for issues with the jaw alignment, teeth grinding, and oral cancer. Once all of this is done your dentist will have a full understanding of what your oral health needs are, and will be able to prescribe any necessary treatments to prevent or treat issues.





Let’s Talk About Dentures

Benefiting Your Appearance.

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance of your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth–things that people often take for granted.

When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sagfacial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.

Types of Dentures:

  • Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
  • Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take the measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
  • Overdenture. Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by Dr. Jones. Implants can serve the same function too.

Looking After You Teeth This Christmas

Christmas Is Just Around the Corner

Christmas just around the corner, everyone is ready and geared up for the festivities to get underway. Constant snacking, drinking and eating of sugary foods and drinks over Christmas can mek the holiday period miserable time for teeth. The indulgences and tempting treats on Christmas day means that teeth are going to be in harm’s way for over the 48 hours over the festive period.

This means it is important to be extra vigilant with your oral health over the Christmas period. Remember teeth are under attack for up to one hour after eating or drinking and if you think about how much is consumed, and how often, particularly over Christmas, your teeth really don’t get the chance to recover.

Five Ways To Look After Your Teeth This Christmas

  1. Christmas Cake & Pudding: Christmas cake and Christmas pudding may satisfy millions of people after a traditional Christmas dinner, but one thing they don’t satisfy is your teeth!
  2. Don’t Ditch the Routine: The worst thing you can do is wrap up all your oral hygiene routine on Christmas Eve for a few days. Teeth take a bit of a hammering, what with all the chocolates, sugary foods, and drinks, the alcoholic beverages consumed over the festive period.
  3. Say Cheese- Cheese is great for teeth. It helps to return the mouth to its natural acid balance and help reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. That’s why cheeeseboards after the main meal are a great idea. The same can be said for sugar free gum!
  4. Use the Bottle Opener- We can all confess to attempting to open a bottle of beer with our teeth at some point in our lives. Although you can’t legislate for genuine accidents, please remember your teeth aren’t tools! You are doing your teeth more harm than good.
  5. Moderation- Moderation is definitely the most important thing to remember. In Order to ensure you fully enjoy this time of year without having to compromise on what you eat and drink, bear in mind it is how much sugary food and drink you have.

Periodontics & Pregnancy

Periodontal Health


Periodontal health which refers to the condition of the structures that support your teeth is an important part of your oral and overall health. However, periodontal health becomes even more important when you’re pregnant. Bad oral health can have detrimental effects on the health of your unborn child and can lead to low-birth weight babies and giving birth to a pre-term baby, according to reports by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).

Periodontal disease ( gum disease) is a set of chronic, bacteria-induced, inflammatory diseases that attack the gum tissue and in more severe cases, the bones supporting the teeth. Early signs of periodontal disease usually include tenderness, swelling and redness. Symptoms can also include bleeding gums when flossing or brushing, receding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. These signs shouldn’t be ignored, especially if you’re pregnant.

Fighting Periodontal Disease.

Prevention is the best tool you have to fight periodontal disease. Here are some steps you can take to keep your gums in tiptop shape.

  1. Brushing your teeth properly twice a day- angle your toothbrush at the gum line to help disrupt the bacterial growth that eventually leads to periodontal disease, and make sure you don’t brush too hard.
  2. Floss daily and clean behind the back molars on the top and bottom of your mouth.
  3. Use antiseptic mouthwash to rid your mouth of the bacteria that can cause gum disease.
  4. Get regular checkups at Hendersonville Family Dentistry to ensure you have no signs of periodontal disease and that your oral hygiene habits are effective.

We urge women to care for their periodontal health during pregnancy to avoid complications. If you have any questions regarding periodontal health and how it affects you and your baby’s overall health, please contact our office for more information.


The Link Between HPV & Oral Cancer

Risk Of Oral Cancer

Cancer has become a common rod, and it seems like there is a new research about it every day. We know antioxidants are important. We know some cancers are more treatable than others. We know some lifestyles and habits contribute to our cancer risk.

Smoking increases our risk of cancer, as does walking through a radioactive power plant. There is a direct link to oral cancer that you may not know about-the link between HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and oral cancer. A person with HPV is at an extremely high risk of developing oral cancer. In fact, smoking is now second to HPV in causing oral cancer!

Devices That Help Detect Oral Cancer

There is a test and a vaccine for HPV; please discuss it with your physician.

There are some devices that help detect oral cancer in it’s earliest forms. We all know that the survival rate for someone for someone with cancer depends greatly on what stage the cancer is diagnosed. Talk to Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones if you have any concerns.

Please be aware and remember that when it comes to your own health, knowledge is power. When you have the knowledge to make an informed decision, you can make positive changes in your life. The mouth is an entry point for your body. Care for your mouth and it will care for you.