Bleeding Gums?

Six Month Dental Cleaning- Bleeding Gums

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are critical for prime dental health. However, some dental patients worry because their gums tend to bleed after a through dental cleaning. Is this a problem? Well, depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. If the bleeding and tenderness lasts longer you really need to return to your dentist and discuss the possibility of gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease develops when plaque builds along the gum line. You might also experience  bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

When is the last time you have been to the dentist? The ball is in your court it’s time for you to schedule a dental appointment before it’s too late.

Alleviating Anxiety Before Your Implant Procedure.

Are You Getting Dental Implants?

Does the thought of getting a dental implant put your stomach in knots? There are many people who don’t enjoy getting dental work done and there are several reason’s why. Allow us to offer you some tips that can help put you at ease for implant procedure.

Sedation Dentistry in Hendersonville, TN

For lengthy procedures like an implant procedure, sedation dentistry may be an option for you. With sedation dentistry you are given sedation medication, usually orally with a pil or intravenously, which allows you to drift through the entire procedure without any memory of it afterward.

To avoid any complications, a complete medical background check is made along with a record of any allergies before any sedation is administered. your vital signs are also monitored throughout the entire process.

Please remember to communicate with us regarding any concerns or anxiety that you may have. Not only does this build a relationship of trust but it allows us to try and alleviate your anxiety as much as we can.


Stress And Oral Health || Hendersonville Dentist

Are You Stressed?

Stress symptoms which include high blood pressure, severe aches, and insomnia- may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is the culprit when in fact stress may actually be the reason. While stress can be good for us sometimes, Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry know stress can be physically harmful. What is often overlooked is that stress can take a toll on your mouth.

Forms of Stress on Your Oral Health.

Teeth Grinding: It’s not uncommon for people dealing with stress to develop teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. People who grind their teeth at night may do so unconsciously. If you are a night grinder, talk to our team about a custom made night guard.

Mouth Sores: Research suggest stress and depression harm your immune system, making it easier for infections to develop and stick around. That can mean canker sores, or a cold sore outbreak. If mouth sores are a reoccurring problem for you, give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Bad ¬†Habits: Stress can lead to bad oral health habits such as smoking, drinking, and neglecting your daily brushing and flossing routine. If you’ve been feeling under pressure lately, try to keep up with your oral health routine- it will serve you well when your stress levels return to normal.

We know there is not always an easy way to reduce your stress levels, but eating healthy, exercising regularly, and spending time with friend and family are all good places to start.



Summer Time Has Arrived

It’s officially May in Hendersonville, TN and you know what that means? Summer time is ALMOST here. Kids will soon be getting out of school and heading to summer camps, or headed to the pool with their friends. As much as we are getting excited about Summer and all the possibilities of things to see and do there is one thing you should put on your summer bucket list.

Dental Cleanings Just In Time For Summer Time.

Instead of waiting until August to get your child into our office, let’s start that with the beginning of Summer time. Most parents want to wait until right before school year begins to get their child in. Let’s change that up and get your child into our office before summer begins, this way you can get your child back into our office for any of their dental work without working around a school schedule. Also, the advantage of this is that your child will have their teeth freshly cleaned and no problem area’s the rest of the summer.

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Who’s Best In Sumner County 2017

This is the last week for Who’s The Best In Sumner County for you to cast your vote. Have you taken the opportunity to vote for your favorite places, people, restaurant’s, services and much more in and around Sumner County? If you haven’t you still have time to cast your vote for this fun contest.

How To Vote For Hendersonville Family Dentistry

There are just a couple of steps for you to be able to cast your vote for “Best Dentist” for Sumner County.

  1. Click here for the direct link to take you to the Who’s Best In Sumner County.
  2. Sign up your email and create a password
  3. Scroll down to services
  4. Click “Best Dentist”
  5. Scroll until you see Hendersonville Family Dentistry and click vote

While you are there go through and vote for your favorite’s in and around Sumner County.

Thank you to all of our patients who have taken the time to cast your vote!

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.