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. 

Nitrous Oxide Makes Dental Visits Easy

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

Your Dental Health: Planning Ahead for Retirement

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If you are considering retiring in the next few years or any other life change that may impact your dental benefits, it is important to plan ahead for your dental needs. Even when you have been promised future benefits, they are often not as comprehensive as the ones you have now.

Looking at the long term picture and being proactive can prevent the cost and hardship of dentistry in your later years when you likely will have less income. It is also much easier to handle treatment while you are young and healthy. Having to face major dental work when you are older and more frail could be very difficult.

Dental restorations over 10 years old may have problems without your experiencing any symptoms.  For example, new cavities that don’t show on x-rays are often found under old dental crowns.  Not because there is a problem with the crown, but because the cements available during that time period are washing out, letting new bacteria in.

If you may be retiring or losing insurance, let us know so that Dr. Smith can help you plan ahead and use the benefits you have paid for wisely. If you have dentistry over 10 years old or a lot of work to do, starting 2-4 years before you retire will help us maximize your insurance by spreading the cost over several years of benefits.

Don’t let your dentistry control you – think proactively and use your benefits before you lose them.

You can make an appointment with Dr. Smith by calling:

(865) 922-1613   Knoxville, TN

Don’t Let Your 2020 Dental Benefits Go to Waste

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Most dental insurance and flex plans have yearly allotments for how much they will pay. Generally, if you do not use your available benefits in any given year the money that was available to you will go away forever.

As we move into the final quarter of the year, we  recommend that you review your recommended dental treatment and remaining benefits available.  Doing so can help you get the most out of the benefits that you have paid for.

This is especially important this year due to Covid-19 shutdowns. Most of you still have not used the benefits you have paid for.  If you have existing treatment recommendations, are prone to dental problems, or haven’t seen a dentist this year, please give us a call at (865) 922-1613.

Reasons to optimize your dental benefits by using the maximum each year include:

  • Not letting benefits you pay for go to waste
  • Preventing the risk of multiple emergencies and more out of pocket expenses by letting dental needs pile up.
  • Saving money on large or complex cases by starting them at the end of one year and completing them in January of the following year, resulting in 2 years worth of benefits for the treatment.
  • Having more insurance available the following year for unexpected needs or emergencies
  • Feeling good about receiving the highest level of benefits possible each year
  • Knowing you are on top of your dental care.

If you are one of our patients, we would be happy to review your recommended treatment and remaining benefits to help you maximize what is available for you.

If you are in need of a new dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to meet you and provide a plan that optimizes your benefits and takes care of your dental needs.

Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613