Choosing and Caring for Your Toothbrush

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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

New Year Resolutions that Will Make You Smile

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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. 

Give the Gift of a Smile

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.

Nitrous Oxide Relieves Fear of the Dentist

man afraid of the dentist dental anxietyYou 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

Don’t Put Your Health at Risk with Gum Disease

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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:

• Diabetes
• Heart attacks
• Lung infections
• Strokes
• Pre-term babies
• Erectile dysfunction
• Alzheimer’s
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Colon cancer
• Osteoporosis
• 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

Holy Halitosis! Causes and Solutions for Bad Breath

 

halitosis bad breath causes and curesIf you are concerned you have bad breath or have someone in your life who should be, we have the scoop for you.

Let’s start with a short video that explains what halitosis is and how it happens:

There is a good chance that the video gave you some ideas for cleaning up your breath, but if you are still unclear as to the cause or have already tried to fix it on your own unsuccessfully,  it is important to call your dentist.  They will be your first line of defense in creating a fresh smelling smile.

For most people halitosis can be prevented by taking these steps:

  • Stop smoking
  • Drink lots of water
  • Brush and floss daily
  • See your dentist and hygienist regularly
  • Keep a food log to help you identify bad breath triggers

If you are concerned your breath may be keeping people at a distance and live in the Knoxville area, we would love to help.  (865) 922-1613

8 Ways to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

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We know that you want to stay healthy this cold and flu season and keep your family from getting sick as well.  So, we are sharing some tried and true strategies for protecting your health, including some you may not have thought of.

Wash Your Hands Like a Dentist – doctors and dentists wash their hands dozens of times a day, preventing germ spreading and protecting their own health. This same strategy can work for you and your family, too.

Drink Hot Tea with Honey and Lemon – honey has antibacterial properties and the citrus steam can help keep your sinuses healthy. This drink has been revered for it’s medicinal properties for hundreds of years, maybe even longer.

Bring Your Own Pen – you can prevent picking up bacteria and viruses by not using public pens, especially in pharmacies and doctors’ offices. Keep your own on hand instead.

Breathe Out When Walking Past Someone Sneezing or Coughing – usually after 8-10 feet you are out of the danger zone.

Don’t Touch Your Face – If all your preventive measures fail and you end up with viruses on your hands, you can still help keep them from entering your body by keeping your hands away from your face.

Separate Family Toothbrushes – some families store all their toothbrushes together in one container. When one person has been exposed to a virus and their toothbrush touches others, the entire family can get sick.

Sneeze Into Tissues or Your Arm, Not Your Hands – once again the goal is to keep from getting the germs on your hands where they will spread easily.

Sanitize Surfaces – viruses can live on surfaces like faucets and desks as long as 48 hours. That is 2 whole days. Take time to wipe the surfaces in your home and office clean regularly and provide your family with sanitizing wipes for door knobs, hand rails, and other places that carry germs.

We are wishing you a happy and healthy season that does not include catching a cold or the flu.

Ron Smith DDS  865-922-1613 Knoxville TN