Are You At Risk for Oral Cancer?

Oral Cancer- Hendersonville Dentist

Nearly 4,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually in the Unites States, with more than 8,000 dying every year from the disease. Oral cancer has a higher death rate than many other common cancers, including cervical cancer, testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroid or skin cancers. The high death rate results from the fact that most oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced and has spread to another part of the body, most often the lymph nodes in the neck.

Cancer of the Mouth & Throat Are Preventable.

Our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry want you to know that cancers of the mouth and throat, which account for about three percent of all cancers in the United States, are largely preventable. However, we want you to know about certain risk factors that affect the likelihood of developing disease.

  • Use of Tobacco Products:
  • Consumption of Alcohol in Excess.
  • Excessive Sun Exposure.

If you notice unusual lumps, bumps, or red or white patches in your mouth that don’t go away, sores that won’t seem to heal, persistent soreness, or pain in difficulty swallowing please consult Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones and our team immediately.

During your next visit, our doctor will examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer. If you have been putting off your dental visit, for your regular checkup, now is an excellent time to schedule one. Regular visits can be the first line of defense against oral cancer because we can identify early warning signs of the disease. Give us a call today!

 

 

Energy Drinks & Dental Health || Hendersonville Dentist

Are Energy Drinks Bad For Your Teeth?

Many of our patients at Hendersonville Family Dentistry ask us this question so here is the stop.

Energy drinks have been on the rise, taking up more and more space on he grocery store shelves. Drinks such as Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Monster, Assault, Rockstar, and like promise to jump-start your day, give you more energy, and help you feel more alert. But they also do a lot more than that. Turns out, they do a pretty good job of stripping your teeth of enamel, which is a very bad thing.

Many of these energy drinks are loaded with a lot of citric acid. In addition they are laden with preservatives ( not to mention sugar), not only to enhance flavor, but extend shelf life. Over time energy drinks can strip enamel, which is the out layer that protects your teeth.

What Can You Do?

Although our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry and our team aren’t recommending your drink energy drinks at all, if you must drink one occasionally, there are few things you can do to minimize the damage to your teeth.

  • Drink through a straw
  • Don’t hold the drink in your mouth before swallowing.
  • Rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking this kind of beverage. Water helps both to neutralize the acid and to increase saliva production.
  • Chew sugar-free gum immediately, after, to increase saliva production.
  • 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 we want to give you is to stop drinking energy drinks all together. One of the best hydrators is water. Water is a natural energy booster and hydrator and best of all it doesn’t contain calories.

 

 

IV Sedation Dentistry|| Hendersonville TN

Need Extra Comfort At Your Dental Visit?

For those of our patients who need extra comfort and relaxation during your dental visits, we are more than happy to offer IV sedation, a safe and effective option that provides a deeper more complete relaxing state than most common oral medications.

Sedation dentistry can turn a nerve-wracking and sweaty-palmed visit into a comfortable and pleasant one and allows our patients to drift through their appointments, including complex dental work, feeling completely relaxed and without any discomfort or pain.

What Happens During Sedation Dentistry

During sedation, Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones and our team will monitor your comfort, providing as much medication as necessary to keep you relaxed. We will also use the best tools we have at our disposal to monitor your vital signs so that you can have peace of mind before your procedure.

Dr. Harbin and our team will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry and will be more than happy to discuss any concerns, issues, or fears you may have before or during your visit. By talking with us about sedation dentistry, you can feel more comfortable and relaxed during your next visit to Hendersonville Family Dentistry. Give us a call today!

Good Nutrition Leads to Healthy Mouths

Improving Your Diet

At Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we know the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay, and periodontal disease, and both are among the easiest to prevent. One of the most common ways we recommend to boost your oral health is by improving your diet, because you ( and your mouth) truly are what you eat. A healthy diet can lead to a healthy mouth and body, while an unhealthy diet can lead to the exact opposite.

The Role Nutrition Plays

Poor diets will generally lead to a weaker immune system, leaving your body susceptible to all kinds of ailments, including periodontal disease.

Meals should include a balance of lean meats or other healthy protein sources, colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats. Food containing substantial amounts of sugar and salt should be consumed in moderation.

Millions of gallons of soda are consumed every day in America, but sipping a cold soft drink can be very harmful to your teeth. Many of these beverages wear down the tooth enamel that protects the teeth, which weakens and even destroys them over time.

If you have questions about your diet and how it may be affecting your oral health, talk to Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones about it. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Are You a Nail Biter?

Effects of Biting Your Nails.

The habit of nail biting is one of the so -called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and eighteen have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they are 30.

Here are four reason to stop biting your nails.

  1. It’s Unsanitary: Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.
  2.  It wears down your teeth: Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.
  3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment: For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting put additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.
  4. It can cost you, literally: It has been estimated that up to $4,000 in extra dental bills can build up over a lifetime.

How to Kick the Nail Biting Habit.

  • Keep your nails trimmed short: you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
  • Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish
  • Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.
  • Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.
  • Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
  • If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting.

 

Dental Hygiene & Your Overall Health

The Link Between the Two.

When patients hear of oral or dental hygiene, they probably think of brushing and flossing their teeth. Although these are extremely important, the term dental hygiene encompasses much more than that. Your mouth’s health, including your teeth has an important impact on your overall physical health. You can’t be healthy without oral health. It went on to explain that oral health and general health are inextricably linked, and therefore can’t be seen as two separate things. Oral health is so critical to over health, it should be included in all community health programs. This means it’s just as important to take care of your mouth, teeth, and your overall oral health as it is to take care of the rest of the body. The two most prevalent dental diseases are caries (cavities), also known as tooth decay, and periodontal (gum) disease.

 

Oral Health Impacts Overall Health.

Your mouth has roughly 500 different species of bacteria. Many are harmless, and some are even good bacteria that help maintain the balance of intestinal flora. Harmful bacteria can infect your gums, causing gingivitis. Your body’s immune system may try to fight off the alien invaders, but they attack your gums, causing inflammation and bleeding when you brush.

Now that you know how important food dental hygiene is, be sure to see to get your teeth cleaned every six months, have regular dental checkups, brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily and replace your toothbrush at least every couple of months. Call us to schedule your next appointment at our office in Hendersonville, TN. 

Have A Young Adult?

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.