Every person’s oral health is unique and it is very important that you follow the recommendations of your dentist and hygienist. If your mouth is healthy and you brush and floss daily, having your teeth cleaned every 6 months should work well for you.
Your dentist may recommend you come in more often if you have an unusual situation or any of the following conditions:
- You smoke – Smoking puts you at risk for tooth loss, oral cancer, and periodontal gum disease.
- You have diabetes or heart disease – an unhealthy mouth can contribute to the advancement of these conditions and on the flip side they make you more prone to periodontal disease and it’s complications.
- You already have a history of periodontal disease – this chronic infection can impact your overall health putting you at a higher risk for life threatening diseases as well as tooth loss.
- You have an impaired ability to take care of your own teeth – Some people lack the dexterity or have disabilities that prevent them from brushing and flossing effectively.
- You are not brushing and flossing regularly – If you don’t take care of your oral health it is important to let your dentist and hygienist do it for you.
If you are due or over due for a visit to the dentist, please give us a call. We would love to help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.
Call (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN
Have you tried to buy a toothbrush lately? The choices are endless. There are electric brushes, hand brushes, hard, medium, and soft bristles, and a multitude of head and handle shapes. How can you tell which one is right for you? Following these tips from Dr. Smith can help.
Choosing a Toothbrush
- We recommend soft bristles as they clean effectively while being gentle to your gums and tooth enamel.
- Consider a professional level power toothbrush. They are easier and do a better job than hand brushing. We have them available at our office.
- The right head or handle shape is the one that fits in your mouth and works best for you. There is not a lot of difference in how they function.
- Select different colors for each member of the family to avoid confusion.
Caring for Your Toothbrush
- Rinse your brush clean after each use.
- Do not store it with a cap or seal as this creates a moist environment that bacteria love.
- Keep it away from toilet flush spray (about 6 to 8 feet).
- Replace or sterilize it after a cold or flu.
- Replace your toothbrush when the bristles start to wear or every three months.
We will provide you with a free toothbrush when you come in for a professional teeth cleaning. If you would like to learn more or upgrade to a power brush or oral irrigator, our hygienist will help you choose what is best for your specific needs.
Ron Smith DDS – Knoxville – (865) 922-1613
Seeing the dentist may not be your favorite thing to do, but choosing to take care of your oral health makes a wonderful New Year’s Resolution.
Eating healthy and exercising are important health goals, but your teeth and gums impact your overall health and longevity in a big way. Inflammation caused by dental problems contributes to major medical conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer, all of which can shorten your life. Dentistry is no longer just about teeth.
So, if you want to:
- Keep your teeth and keep them healthy
- Have a bright and shiny smile that you are confident sharing
- Avoid chronic infections like periodontal gum disease
- Prevent chronic inflammation in your body
- Take steps that will improve your potential of living a longer life
- Maintain your youthful look by refreshing your smile and protecting your health
- Keep your breath fresh and your smile kissable
- Help prevent major conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s
- And, keep on smiling
Make seeing the dentist a part of your New Year Resolutions and call to schedule your first appointment of the year.
(865) 922-1613 – Dr. Ron Smith in Knoxville. We promise to take good care of you.
It’s December and most of us are focused on what to give our family and friends for holiday gifts. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to get it right that we lose sight of the meaning behind the season.
Instead of rushing around madly to all the stores you can, buying the same things everyone else does, we have some more unique and special ideas for gifts for your loved ones.
Teeth Whitening – this gift of an enhanced smile can also be a gift of self-confidence or help someone feel good before an event or job interview.
Dental Gift Certificate – ideal for someone who can’t afford treatment or needs a little incentive.
The Gift of You – instead of focusing all of your energy on shopping, cleaning, and cooking, remember to allow time to join in the celebration and really be with the people you love. This is likely what they want and will remember most.
Pay Off a Bill – many people carry a burden of debt for unexpected dental, medical, or even auto care. Making a payment toward these bills is a gift they won’t forget.
The Gift of Time – you can create gift certificates good for time with you or specific favors like house cleaning, babysitting, going to the movies together, or anything they would appreciate.
Cosmetic Dentistry – help someone you love feel more beautiful and confident with a new smile. This is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Share Your Smile with the World – genuine smiles for others who are often feeling stress during this holiday season can lift their mood. Smiles are free and usually come back to you, so you can give as many as you want.
You do not have to let dental fear and anxiety stop you from taking care of your oral health anymore. Nitrous oxide dentistry can make going to the dentist seem like a walk in the park.
Taking care of your teeth and gums is critical since we now know that inflammation or infections in your mouth can contribute to life threatening medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. And, if it’s been at least a year since your last dental visit it is likely that you have one of the leading causes, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
We specialize in patients who are fearful and could tell many stories of how people’s lives have changed thanks to nitrous oxide. There are no needles or IV’s involved. It’s as easy as breathing and allows you to relax and feel good during your dental visit.
Don’t let anxiety or fear stop you from taking care of yourself. The condition of your mouth could be shortening your life and no one wants to lose teeth, have bad breath, or a smile you feel embarrassed to share.
We encourage you to give us a call and learn more about how we can help you take care of your mouth in a comfortable and caring way. We promise not to judge you if it’s been awhile since your last visit. We understand and will take excellent care of you.
You can reach us at: (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN
Gum disease is a bacterial infection and a major source of inflammation in your body. Scientists believe that this chronic inflammation may be responsible for a connection between periodontal gum disease and other serious medical conditions.
The Manual of Clinical Periodontitis and Journal of Periodontitis used by gum disease specialists list the following diseases as being linked to not taking care of your oral health and living with active gum disease:
• Heart attacks
• Lung infections
• Pre-term babies
• Erectile dysfunction
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Colon cancer
• Brain abscesses
• Mouth and throat cancer
• Gastric conditions
• Chronic fatigue
• Pancreatic cancer
We don’t know about you, but after reading this list, choosing to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly seems more important than ever.
If you are concerned about gum disease or want to catch up on your dental care, we would love to help. We promise to take great care of you
(865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN