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 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!

Nitrous Oxide Can Help You Relax During Dental Treatment

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We get it. Dentistry is not always your favorite thing to do. It may even make you feel anxious or afraid. Believe it or not, we can feel that way too when it’s our turn to get in the dental chair.

Dental fear is something we see every day and our mission is to help our patients feel as comfortable and calm as possible during their visits. One of the tools we have available to help with this is Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called Laughing Gas.

Nitrous Oxide is an ordorless gas that you can inhale before and during dental treatment to feel more relaxed. It is known for:

  • Helping you feel calm and peaceful
  • Causing a sense of euphoria and sometimes laughter
  • Preventing pain
  • Being a wonderful solution to dental fear and anxiety

If you choose to take advantage of the benefits of Nitrous Oxide, we will monitor you carefully to optimize your dosage and ensure you are safe to drive home after your treatment.

To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith, give us a call at (865) 922-1613

Ron Smith, DDS – Knoxville TN

We promise to take great care of you!

The Top 8 Reasons We Recommend Dental Implants

 

dental implants in KnoxvilleDental implants can be used to replace missing teeth or as a foundation to help keep dentures in place. The treatment process is quite simple and often takes only two visits. At the first appointment the implant root is put in and after it has integrated there is a second visit to place the tooth on top.

There are many benefits to using dental implants.  Here are some of our favorites.

  • They preserve bone and protect your other teeth
  • They are strong, stable, and in most cases last a lifetime
  • Implants can be life changing for someone struggling with loose dentures
  • They look and feel like natural teeth
  • They are easy to care for and don’t get cavities
  • You will be able to talk, laugh, eat, and sing with confidence again
  • No treatment to neighboring teeth is needed
  • They can help you look younger by supporting your facial structure

We have years of training and experience helping people feel like they have their teeth back with dental implants. And, all of the treatment can be completed in our office, without your having to see a specialist.

If you would like to learn more and find out if implants are right for you, call and schedule a consultation. We promise to take great care of you.

You can reach us at: (865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

 

Offbeat Wisdom by Doc Smith

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We love our Doc Smith and the amazing dental care he provides.   We also love his humor and matter of fact brand of wisdom.  Here are some of the things that we have heard Doc say:

  • There is still value in values.
  • There is no reality – only perception.
  • If you can’t change what is happening – adapt.
  • Stand your ground, take a deep breath, and give it some time.
  • You just don’t know what you don’t know.
  • If it isn’t working – change something.
  • Life is a learning experience.

Give us a call if you would like quality dentistry with a little practical wisdom on the side.

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

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.  

Ron Smith DDS  (865) 922-1613

We promise to take great care of you!

Senior Dental Care: Keeping Teeth and Health for a Lifetime

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Losing teeth is not a natural part of the aging process. We lose teeth due to wear, injury, or poor oral health. We all have the potential to keep our teeth for our lifetimes with proper dental care.

Today, seniors are living longer and healthier lives but commonly delay going to the dentist. Many of them stop caring or take it for granted that they will lose their teeth. Others may start to have difficulty handling a toothbrush and floss, especially if they have tremors or arthritis in their hands. It is important for their families to encourage them and find support when they need it.

Our older population is at high risk for dental disease as they tend to take more medications that diminish saliva. This creates a dry mouth condition that can impact how well they digest food and cause multiple serious cavities in a short period of time. Seniors that feel like their mouth is dry most of  the time should talk to their doctor and dentist.

Another serious concern is periodontal disease. This condition, also known as gum disease, is an infection that can drain the immune system and cause other dental and medical problems. There is a growing body of research that says it can contribute to or worsen major medical conditions, like diabetes and heart disease.

Dental care is even more important as we age. In addition to health consequences and tooth loss, the financial expense of having dental emergencies can be very challenging in later years.

To protect their teeth and health, seniors should:

  • Brush their teeth twice a day
  • Floss once per day
  • See the dentist and hygienist at least twice a year, more often if recommended
  • Limit sugary snacks
  • Talk to their doctor and dentist if their mouth feels chronically dry
  • Consider fluoride treatments if they are prone to cavities
  • Ask for ideas if they have trouble handling floss or a tooth brush
  • Keep both their doctor and dentist informed of all dental and medical conditions and medications

If you or someone you love are having trouble caring for your teeth, having dental problems, or would like a dentist who understands the challenges of getting older, give us a call. We would love to help.

Ron Smith, DDS (865) 922-1613 Knoxville TN

Sharing Your Smile is a Super Power!

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We love helping you enjoy healthy, happy smiles that you feel confident sharing with the world. It’s not just about teeth, though. Smiling has some exciting benefits that may surprise you.

When you smile your brain is flooded with chemicals that improve your mood. You feel happier and more confident, which can have a long reaching impact on your life. Just imagine what might be possible if you felt more confident every day.

There are studies that show you are more resilient and stronger when you smile. One of these tested weightlifters and the difference in how much they could lift  when they were smiling or not. They were consistently stronger while smiling.

Smiles are free and contagious, which makes it even more fun to spread them around.  One smile shared with one person could impact their spouse, children, co-workers, and anyone else they meet that day. If you smile at more than one person, you could start a smiling movement that affects hundreds of people or more. Wouldn’t that be great?

You may never know the true impact of a simple smile you share. There was a news story a while back about a woman who had decided to kill herself, but changed her mind when a stranger’s smile gave her hope. Your smile could be making a bigger difference than you know.

Smiling is a true super power and we hope you choose to share yours every day.

If there is something about your smile that keeps you from wanting people to see it, give us a call. We would love to help you feel more confident in your smile and experience your smile super powers more often. 

Ron Smith, DDS Knoxville, TN  865-922-1613

Dental Holiday Gift Ideas

Dental Christmas gift ideasFrom Christmas stocking stuffers to dental care, we have some great holiday gift ideas for you.

Dental Treatment Gift Certificate – Many people are struggling to afford the dental care they need. Giving a gift of dentistry would be more meaningful than buying the latest thingamajig.

Toothbrush, Floss, and Toothpaste – try fun flavors or designs to make it more interesting.

Professional Level Electric Toothbrush – helping someone care for their teeth is also giving the gift of health.

Replacement Brush Head for an electric toothbrush they already own.

Dental or Smile Books or Coloring Books – here are some ideas.

Teeth Whitening – this can also be a gift that enhances confidence and self-esteem

Peace of Mind – make a payment toward their dental bill or pay the account off – this is also a great Secret Santa or Random Act of Kindness activity.

Gross Fake Teeth – kids really love these.

Gag Gifts – like these walking teeth make great stocking stuffers.

The most important thing of all is that we want to wish you Happy Holidays!

Ron Smith DDS (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

Healthy Mouth – Healthy You

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Dentistry used to be just about teeth, but not anymore. Over the last decade there has been a growing amount of research showing that the condition of your mouth can impact your overall health.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is the biggest concern. It is a bacterial infection that can get into your blood stream easily when you swallow and travel to different organs in your body. It also causes chronic inflammation which has been linked to a number of diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer.

Watch this short video to learn more:

It is more important than ever to take care of your oral health. You already know how. Simple brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly.

If you are concerned about your teeth, gums, or want to protect your health we would love to help. 

Ron Smith, DDS – Knoxville, TN – (865) 922-1613

Why You Should See the Dentist Before Having Surgery

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It’s important to be as healthy as possible before any surgery to ensure optimal results and healing. For some operations, like heart surgery or joint replacement , you will usually be required to have clearance from your dentist.

Surgeons know that the bacteria in your mouth get into the blood stream easily.  While these bacteria can impact your health in many ways, your heart and artificial joints are especially vulnerable to them.  In order to increase the odds of a successful surgery and recovery your surgeon will want your mouth to be as healthy as possible.

It’s important to be proactive and not wait to the last minute to see your dentist.  One of the most common bacterial oral infections is periodontal, or gum disease.  Your dentist may need time to treat this condition if you have it and return your teeth and gums to a healthy state so that you can proceed with surgery.

Now that you know how your oral health can impact your overall health and medical outcomes, you may want to start seeing the dentist on a regular basis to prevent other issues related to the bacteria in your mouth. And then, you will always be able to feel confident in the health of your mouth if urgent surgery is ever needed.

If you are in the Knoxville area and looking for a new dentist, we would love to meet you. Call (865) 922-1613 to schedule an appointment.

We promise to take great care of you and your smile.