Don’t Let Fear and Embarrassment Keep You from Taking Care of Your Teeth

Because we have offered sedation dentistry we see a lot of people who really, really do not like going to the dentist. Many of them have not walked through the door of a dental office in years.

Fear and anxiety often play a big role in their avoiding dental care, but after a while embarrassment is likely to set in. When they are finally ready or have a dental emergency and come in, many actually try to apologize for the condition of their teeth.

There is no need to apologize or feel ashamed. We know that the condition of your teeth does not reflect on who you are. It simply means something got in the way of your taking care of yourself.

Once our patients get to know us, they realize that we are not going to judge them. We appreciate their courage in coming in and focus on helping them with their dental needs.

We know that by taking care of their oral health they will be improving their medical health, as well. Dental conditions and oral bacteria have been linked to diseases like diabetes, cancer, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more. Our goal is to help all of our patients stay healthy, happy, and smile more often.

If you are one of those people who have been avoiding dental care, we want you to know that you deserve to be respected and cared for in a compassionate way.

Our team is known to be gentle, caring, and dedicated to excellence. Dr. Smith is experienced at almost all dental procedures so referrals to specialists are seldom needed. You can trust that his dental work will look good, feel good, and last a long time. 

Now is a great time to take that first step towards a healthy mouth. Just imagine how proud you will be of yourself and your new smile.

If you are in the Knoxville area, we would love to welcome you to our family of happy dental patients. You can schedule a consultation by calling: (865) 922-1613

We promise to take great care of you!

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The Link Between Stress, Gum Disease & Damaged Teeth

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Recent studies are showing a link between stress and gum disease. It is not yet known how this happens, but many believe stress limits the ability of the immune system to function fully and control the gum disease bacteria. There is also evidence that patients who are stressed develop more plaque than the average person.

Another concern is that people who have a lot of stress in their lives tend to clench or grind their teeth, especially at night. This can lead to extensive tooth damage as well as sensitivity.  In severe cases teeth can even be lost.

From what we see, most people have a lot of stress in their lives.  Here are a few tips that we hope will help you get yours under control.

Make a Choice – in stressful situations you generally have three options – avoid it, accept it, or change it. Understanding your choices and moving forward with one of them will help put you back in control.

Learn to Say No – a lot of stress is caused by having too many things to do. You will feel less stressed when you say yes to the priorities and filter out the things that are not that important.

Adopt a Stress Reducing Habit – exercise, yoga, meditation, relaxation exercises, and even listening to calming music at the end of the day are all great ways to release stressful tension and relax.

It is also important to talk to your dentist. If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, especially at night, you may be a candidate for a nightguard appliance that will protect them from extra wear and tear. Your dentist can also support you in preventing or treating gum disease, the primary cause of adult tooth loss.

Stress is dangerous for your health and your teeth and we hope that you take it seriously. If you have any concerns about the impact it is having on your oral health or are looking for a new dentist, give us a call.  

Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry  (865) 922-1613

We promise to take great care of you!

Diabetes and Gum Disease – A Two Way Street

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If you have diabetes it is important to take care of your oral health and see your dentist regularly. Studies show that there is a link between diabetes and oral health that is like a two way street.

1-Infections in your mouth like gum disease can contribute to the onset or worsening of diabetes. They can also impact your ability to keep your blood sugar at healthy levels.

2-High blood sugar caused by diabetes feeds the bacteria in your mouth putting you at a higher risk for periodontal gum disease, infections, cavities, and other dental problems. 

To keep this dangerous cycle under control, it is important to take care of both your teeth and overall health:

  • Do your best to keep your blood sugar levels under control
  • Be sure to let your dentist know about your diabetes
  • Brush and floss daily
  •  Visit your dentist and dental hygienist as often as they recommend. They may want to see you more often due to your diabetes.
  • Keep in mind that healing may take a little longer
  • Check with your medical doctor before major dental treatment, especially for gum disease. If your diabetes is not controlled, non-urgent treatment may need to be postponed or the doctor may want to alter your medication for that day.

Dental care is an important part of your diabetic self-care.  You can be proud of going to the dentist and minimizing any negative impact poor oral health would have on your diabetes.

If you are in the Knoxville area and would like to find a dentist who is familiar with helping diabetics receive the best dental care possible, give us a call at (865) 922-1613.

We promise to take great care of you!

5 Reasons Dentists Want to Take X-rays

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Even though dental x-rays are extremely safe, we understand that some of you may question why you should have them taken.  We respect your feelings and also feel strongly about the benefits of x-rays as prevention and diagnostic tools.

Here is why:

We can catch problems early before they become serious or expensive.  When patients come in who haven’t had preventive x-rays and exams we feel bad for them because they often have a lot of serious and expensive needs that need to be taken care of all at once. When we see something on an x-ray at an early stage, the treatment is usually simple and inexpensive.

We can check for decay between teeth – cavities in these areas can be missed without the help of x-rays and they can be especially dangerous for your teeth.

We look for bone loss – when the bone supporting teeth is disappearing, we know there is something serious going on.  In many cases it is periodontal disease, but it could also be osteoporosis or other conditions.  Since the bone holds teeth in place, catching this early will help prevent tooth loss.

We can look for decay under fillings and crowns – the edges of old dental work can wear away over time allowing new cavity bacteria in.  It can do a lot of damage under the dental work before it can be seen, so x-rays are critical in saving these teeth.

We can diagnose with more accuracy – x-rays help us get the complete picture so that we can accurately understand what we need to do.  They are a critical part of diagnosing and planning treatment.

We find surprising things – every once in awhile, we will notice something unusual on a dental x-ray, like a tumor, signs of osteoporosis, or other medical problems.  In these cases, dental x-rays may actually save lives.

If you are due or overdue for a dental exam or professional teeth cleaning, we would love to help you with your dental care. Give us a call!

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

 

Your 10 Step Guide to Preventing Cavities

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  1. Brush your teeth after eating sweet or sticky foods.
  2. If you can’t brush, chew sugarless gum or rinse your mouth with water
  3. Avoid sodas, sports drinks, and beverages with added sugar
  4. Beware of hard candies and throat lozenges that stay in your mouth a long time
  5. Brush twice a day and use floss or an oral irrigator daily
  6. Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
  7. Avoid foods that are sticky and will stay on your teeth
  8. If you drink a soda or something sweet, use a straw and rinse with water afterward
  9. Keep your mouth moist – dry mouth contributes to cavities
  10. See your dentist and hygienist regularly and let them know if you have any concerns

Ron Smith, DDS Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613

What to Look for In a New Dentist

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Ron Smith, DDS and Team Having Lunch at The Front Porch

Choosing a new dentist can feel daunting. There are so many out there, and if you don’t know what to look for, they can all look the same. But, the truth is that they will vary in personality, philosophy, and have preferred ways of doing things.

So, how do you find the new dentist that is perfect for you?

Look for Experience – Dentists receive great educations, but there is a lot to be said for the dentist who has established success and refined his skills over a number of years. They develop an instinct for knowing which dental treatment will be best in a variety of situations and usually have a well established network of resources and specialists they can trust.

Look for Friendliness, Caring, and Compassion – Choose an office that treats you well on the phone and makes you feel welcome. If you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth, make sure you don’t feel judged. One way to get a feel for how offices treat their patients is to go and sit in their reception room. How does it feel? How are they with the patients they are talking to? Are they friendly with each other? And, give them extra points if they greet you warmly and offer to help you learn more about their office.

Look for Areas of Special Interest or Training – For example, while we provide all types of general dental care and are considered a family dental office,  Dr. Smith has years of advanced training and certifications in services like  implants, cosmetic dentistry and oral sedation.

Our office is also known for welcoming patients with a lot of needs without judgement and helping them get the healthy, happy smiles they deserve.

Look for a Modern, Clean Office – You should feel good in the environment of your new dental home and a well-cared for office is often an outer expression of how they approach other things.

Look for a Commitment to Continuing Education and Current Technologies – Dentists that embrace learning and new things will have up to date resources for your needs. An example in our office is our work with dental implants and implant supported dentures. These newer technologies are allowing us to provide ideal outcomes and improve people’s lives.

We do want to say though, having the latest fancy equipment does not always mean better care. Sometimes new technologies are not yet proven or still being refined.

An experienced dentist committed to excellence will be open and embrace new things when they feel sure the technology is best for their patients. They understand how to balance new opportunities and the level of expert care they already provide.

If you are looking for a new dental home in the Knoxville area, we would love to talk with you. Our goal is to provide optimal dental services in a caring environment for you and your family.

Give us a call at (865) 922-1613. 

We promise to take great care of you.

Implant Supported Dentures – You Can Eat, Laugh, and Smile with Confidence Again

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Loose, sloppy, and uncomfortable dentures are a thing of the past.  New implant supported dentures that snap securely in place have revolutionized the denture experience for our patients needing to replace teeth.

If you or someone you love have ill-fitting dentures you would like to replace or are getting dentures for the first time, you will find the process both simple and comfortable.

Small dental implants are placed in the jaw where teeth roots used to live.  This can be done with local anesthesia, but we also offer oral sedation for those of you who might feel nervous or prefer it.

Dentures are made with snaps that will fit to the implants. You simply slide your dentures into place and then snap them in.  They unsnap easily when you want to take them out.

No more worries about your dentures moving around, falling out, or embarrassing you.  You can eat, smile, laugh, and sing with confidence again.

If you are in the Knoxville area and would like to see if you are a candidate for these secure dentures we would love to meet with you and answer all of your questions.  You can schedule an appointment by calling (865) 922-1613. Knoxville TN