Are You Pregnant? Oral Health Concerns

Oral Health Concerns Specifically To Expecting Mothers.

A lot of changes occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Hormone fluctuation are responsible for many of these changes, including the need for additional attention to the teeth and gums. Women who are expecting are at an increased risk for oral health complications, including gingivitis and tooth decay, which can lead to irreversible damage. Fortunately there are steps pregnant women can take to keep their teeth and gums in optimal health from the first trimester to delivery day. Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry thought we would share them.


Steps To Keep Teeth and Gums Healthy.

  1. At Home Dental Care: Brushing a minimum of twice per day with using fluoridated toothpaste. Following up with floss to keep bacteria from accumulating in hard to reach spaces.
  2. Dental Checkups: Please allow us to know as soon as you find out that you are expecting. It is safe and recommended to continue visiting Hendersonville Family Dentistry for routine dental checkups and cleanings during pregnancy. Avoiding teeth cleanings during pregnancy can lead to serious consequences including advanced tooth decay and infection.

Call our office if you experience any unusual symptoms such as bleeding gums, reddened gums, or painful gums. If you experience a broken tooth, tooth pain, or bad breath that doesn’t go away upon brushing. We are here for you!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wasn’t Valentine’s Day A Massacre?

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it is now called, was the culmination of a gang war between arch rivals Al Capone & Bugs Moran.

Fourmen dressed as police officers enter gangster Bugs Moran’s headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, line seven of Moran’s henchmen against a wall, and shoot them to death. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it is now called, was the culmination of a gang war between arch rivals Al Capone and Bugs Moran.

George “Bugs” Moran was a career criminal who ran the North Side gang in Chicago during the bootlegging era of the 1920s. He fought bitterly with “Scarface” Al Capone for control of smuggling and trafficking operations in the Windy City. Throughout the 1920s, both survived several attempted murders. On one notorious occasion, Moran and his associates drovesix cars past a hotel in Cicero, Illionis, where Capone and his associates were having lunch and showered the building with more than 1,000 bullets.

A $50,000 bounty on Capone’s head was the final straw for the gangster. He ordered that Moran’s gang be destroyed. On February 14, a delivery of bootleg whiskey was expected at Moran’s headquarters. But Moran was late and happened to see police officers entering his establishment. Moran waited outside, thinking that his gunmen inside were being arrested in a raid. However, the disguised assassins were actually killing the seven men inside.

The murdered men included Moran’s best killers, Frank and Pete Gusenberg. Reportedly Frank was still alive when real officers appeared on the scene. When asked who had shot him, the mortally wounded Gusenberg kept his code of silence, responding, “No one, nobody shot me.”

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre actually proved to be the last confrontation for both Capone and Moran. Capone was jailed in 1931 and Moran lost so many important men that he could no longer control his territory. On the seventh anniversary of the massacre, Jack McGurn, one of the Valentine’s Day hit men,was killed him in a crowded bowling alley with a burst of machine-gun fire.

A Day All About Love.

Needless to say Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, and showing your significant other that you care and love for them. How will you be spending your Valentine’s Day? Do you actually go to a fancy dinner, receive flowers or chocolate? Are you like me and just play a joke on one another and call it good, that you know you love each other and you don’t need a day to celebrate it.

History Of Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day, 2018.

By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Thereby warning residents of Pennsylvania to expect six more weeks of winter. It’s fun to entertain these superstitious notions, but you may be wondering where do they originate?

Groundhog Day Commemorations.

  • Phil emerged wearing a yellow ribbon on February 2, 1981.
  • Along with Groundhog president Jim Means, Bill Null and Al Anthony, Punxsutawney Phil made his first trip to Washington to meet President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
  • In 1995 Phil made a guest television appearance on an episode of Oprah
  • After the 1933 movie “Groundhog Day” visitation during the celebration reached an all time high of over 30,000 visitors.
  • In 2016, a special documentary was created and aired on Groundhog Day where the origins and the story of Groundhog Day celebration were discussed.

Whether you are hoping for an early spring season is on the horizon or you are a winter fan and want the season to stay its longest, the dueling prediction’s from groundhog observations let you choose which you prefer to believe.

Chewing Gum: Fact vs Fiction

Remember What Your Parents Warned You Of?

Remember all the things your parents would tell you when you were growing up to scare you away from doing something? Like how lying might make your nose grow, misbehaving meant you wouldn’t get money from the tooth fairy, and swallowed chewing gum would build up in your stomach and stay there for years?

Maybe that last one stayed with you well beyond your teens, and occurred to you every time you accidentally (or purposely) swallowed a piece of gum. We don’t blame you. It’s scary thought.

But is it true?

We hate to take the fun out of parental discipline, but swallowing a piece of chewing gum is pretty much like swallowing any pice of food. It will move right through your digestive system with no danger of getting stuck for months, let alone seven years.

Busting Gum Myths || Hendersonville Dentist

Another common gum myth is that sugar free gum can help you loose weight. Although it is preferable to choose sugar free gum over the extra sweet variety, no studies have show that sugar free gum will help you lose weight.

The consumption of sugar free gum without any other effort will not help you shed pounds. If you really enjoy chewing gum, we strongly encourage you to select sugarless gum, because it lowers our risk for your cavities. Many brands of sugarless gum contain xylitol a natural sweetener that can, in fact help fight bacteria that cause cavities and rinse away plaque.

So if you can’t kick the gum habit, sugar free gum is the way to go.


Back to School With Healthy Smiles

So Long Summer, School Is Back In Session.

I know almost everyone enjoyed the long lazy days of summer, unless yours consisted of going non stop then you may have a different opinion. In the office we have heard several parent’s who were ready for their children to return to school, while other’s have said it wasn’t long enough or it simply went by too fast. With school back in session we are all facing the school traffic each morning, weather it’s waiting in a school zone forever, or simply you left five minutes later and got stuck behind the neighborhood school bus.

Send Your Child Back To School With A Healthy Smile.

The supply list for your child’s school and classroom became available back in July, so we all know you have more than likely already bought those school supplies for your kids. Then it comes to back to school clothes shopping, which was taken advantage of tax free weekend I am sure. Next, you weren’t going to send your child back to school without a fresh haircut he or she needed to look their best, right? So the last thing you want to do is to send your child back to school without a healthy mouth. Were you able to get your child into our office this Summer for their dental cleaning and checkup? If you weren’t, there is still plenty of time and opening’s for you to take advantage of! Why send your child back to school without a clean healthy smile? Call us today to schedule your appointment before those Fall sports and events kick back up and your schedule’s get too busy!

Early Detection is Key To Treating Oral Cancer

Are You At Risk For Oral Cancer?

Anyone can develop oral cancer, but some people are at a higher risk. These high-risk groups include those over the age of 50 and men, who are twice as likely as women to develop the disease. Smoking or chewing smokeless tobacco products, consuming alcohol excessively, and constant exposure to the sun at a young age are also risk factors.

Oral Cancer Detection is Key

Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry suggest our patients perform a monthly self examination to check for unusual red, or white patches, sores, lumps or thickenings anywhere inside the mouth, on the lips or in the throat and neck area.

We encourage you to give us a call at our office in Hendersonville, TN.



Do You Have a Cavity?

Are Cavities Hard To Avoid?

Sometimes cavities are hard to avoid. Our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry wants you to know that you aren’t alone when it comes to getting cavities. They can appear in both children and adults, and in order to avoid the pain and hassle, you need to understand how they form and what to do to prevent them from developing in the first place.

Cavities form when bacteria, acids, or sugars build up and form plaque on your teeth, which can destroy your enamel. When you don’t brush and floss properly, the build up can cause cavities to form. In essence, a cavity is a decayed part of your tooth that can not be repaired by your body’s immune system. This is why a dentist will need to treat your cavity with a filling. If it grows for too long and manages to infect the root of your tooth, a root canal may be the only option.

How To Avoid Cavities?

You can avoid cavities by keeping up with good oral hygiene, eating a well balanced diet, and scheduling regular cleanings with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones. They can still occur at any time, no matter what age you are, so make sure to brush, floss and rinse eery day. If you notice any of the above symptoms, please contact Hendersonville Family Dentistry and schedule an appointment.