Oral Health For the Young Adult
Young adults often have the reputation of not taking good care of themselves. You may feel invincible, and not realize how much your behaviors now can affect your health later in life. Oral health is one area that is easy to neglect now, but that can lead to serious financial and quality life consequences later.
If you don’t already do so, it’s time to brush, floss, and rinse as Dr. Jones or Dr. Harbin taught you. Brush at least twice a day or after meals, and floss your teeth every day. If recommended, use mouthwash to kill germs in your mouth. If you are not able to brush your teeth after eating, swish water around in your mouth to remove the food from your teeth. Leaving carbohydrates in your mouth allows bacteria to ferment it and produce acid, which can destroy your tooth enamel and put you at risk for decay.
Visit Our Office Regularly
Young adulthood can be a challenging time when it comes to medical care. Your parents are no longer paying for your health insurance or taking you to your appointments. You may not worry much about getting regular cleanings, and exams, especially if you’re paying for themselves.
However young adults have a lot to gain from visiting Hendersonville Family Dentistry in Hendersonville, TN. We can check for signs of problems and fix them early, which can save thousands of dollars and ultimately, your teeth. Below are some examples of what we can do for you!
- Get rid of plaque so it does not develop into tartar and cause periodontitis.
- Identify and fill small areas of tooth decay to prevent it from progressing.
- Examine your gums for signs of gingivitis, or early gum disease.
National Children’s Dental Health
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions our dentist often hear regarding children’s dental care.
Dental Care for Your Child
- When to bring my child to the dentist? A good rule of thumb is to bring your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. Early appointments teach you how to properly care for your child’s teeth while also creating a certain comfort level for your child in the dental chair.
- How often do I take my child to the dentist? Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones recommend you bring your child every six months for a check-up. This help avoid cavities and other dental problems down the road.
- When to start using toothpaste? The recommended age to start using fluoridated toothpaste on children is 3.
- When should children start flossing? Starting around four years old, gently begin flossing your children’s teeth. Most children can start flossing for themselves around eight years old.
- Does a diet affect a child’s dental health? Establish a healthy, balanced diet to keep their teeth strong. In addition to the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals suggested by pediatric physicians, make sure your child is getting plenty of calcium to keep their bones and teeth cavity-free.
- When to stop pacifier use? You should begin limiting or stop pacifier use after the baby is 6-months old. Any usage after six months is linked to an increase in ear infections. By the age of two your child should no longer be using a pacifier.
We look forward to seeing you and your little one at Hendersonville Family Dentistry in the near future. Call us to schedule your appointment!
How Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?
Whitening toothpastes are effective for removing surface stains from the teeth, but they can’t change the natural tooth colour. Those who have noticeable stains from soda, coffee, or cigarettes can expect visible changes with regular use of a quality whitening toothpaste. However, if your discoloration runs deeper, there are other whitening products that can better bring about the changes you’re after.
Understanding the active ingredients used for tooth whitening as well as the difference between various products will help you choose the treatment that best meets your needs.
Immediate Appearance of Whitening
If you’re deal with day-to-day surface stains from yellowing beverages or other lifestyle habits, a whitening toothpaste can help you scrub away the discoloration before it becomes a permanent part of your smile. However, this typically takes between two and six weeks of regular use. If you want a whiter appearance with the first application, you can achieve this through something of an optical illusion.
Look for whitening toothpaste that contain blue covarine. This chemical diminishes the yellow appearance on the surface of the tooth. The result is immediately perceptible, though not as long lasting as other methods of tooth whitening. It’s best to combine the optical properties of blue covarine with other approaches to tooth-whitening.
Want to know more about professional teeth whitening? Call our office to schedule your FREE smile consult with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones at Hendersonville Family Dentistry.
Fear Dental Procedures?
Many people fear dental procedures. They worry about the pain they might feel as well as their vulnerability and potential discomfort. Sedation dentistry can definitely help patients feel more relaxed during dental work, but is it the right choice for you?
Continue to learn about sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry
With sedation, the dentist administers a drug before or during the dental procedure. Only one type -general anesthesia- renders the patient completely unconscious. The other forms will relax you, but won’t know you out completely.
Common types of Sedation Dentistry:
- Nitrous Oxide: A gas that relaxes you during the procedure, it wears off quickly so your dentist will let you drive yourself home afterwards.
- Oral Sedatives: Oral sedatives, such as diazepam, also helps patients to relax during dental procedures. You will typically takes these an hour or so before your appointment.
- Intravenous sedatives: IV or intravenous sedatives can put you in varying stages of consciousness. This is also know as general anesthesia and as mentioned above will put you into a deep sleep until it wears off.
You might prefer dental sedation or sleep dentistry, but talk to your dentist about it first. Mention any allergic reactions you’ve experienced in the past, especially to anesthesia, so your dental professional can make safe, educated recommendations.
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.
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!
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.