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


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


Nitrous Oxide Can Help You Feel Relaxed and Happy During Dental Treatment

nitrous oxide dentist Knoxville laughing gas dentist KnoxvilleWe 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!

Is It Safe to Let My Dog Kiss Me?

Dogs love to kiss and they are just so cute. What possible harm could a little puppy kiss do?

We checked out some of the scientific research and the news is not good.

There have been several studies where the saliva and plaque of dogs and their owners have been tested. It seems they shared more than a home. A high percentage of the human participants had a mouth full of doggie bacteria, including the kind that causes periodontal gum disease.

Scientists also were concerned about other contagious bacteria that was likely picked up from licking or eating pretty gross stuff. These were the germs that could make you sick. We won’t go into details here, but you can only imagine where your dog’s tongue has been.

No matter how cute your fur baby is, kissing them could be unhealthy, especially for young children, seniors, or anyone with a compromised immune system.

Your pup can be re-trained by saying no and reinforcing other behavior while making sure they feel loved more than ever. It will be better for both of you.

If you are still not sure or want to learn more, Dr. Oz speaks more strongly on the subject in this article. Click here to read.

Knoxville Family Dentistry – Ron Smith DDS (865) 922-1613

15 Motivating Reasons to Take Care of Your Teeth

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Brush – Floss – See your dentist regularly – and you will:

  • Have fresh breath
  • Enjoy whiter teeth
  • Avoid cavities
  • Save money
  • Look more attractive
  • Prevent periodontal gum disease
  • Diminish dangerous chronic inflammation
  • Need less dental work
  • Help prevent or maintain diabetes and heart disease
  • Keep your teeth
  • Smile more
  • Feel more confident
  • Be proud of yourself
  • Avoid dental emergencies
  • Protect the health of your unborn baby
  • Demonstrate good oral hygiene for your kids

Wow!  We could go on forever……

If you don’t already have a dentist you love, give us a call. We promise to take great care of you!

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville Dentistry

Your Medications Could be Causing Dental Problems

medication cause teeth,medication cause dental,taking pills,effect teethMedications can have a lot of side effects and some of them can impact your oral health. If you experience any of the following, you may want to research the medications you are taking and possibly talk to your doctor.

  1. Unusual bleeding during dental treatment – may be the result of taking aspirin or other anti-coagulant prescriptions often used to prevent strokes and heart problems.  Let your dentist know if you are taking any of these drugs before you have major dental treatment.
  2. Stained teeth – some medications can cause stains on your teeth. This can be reversed with teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry.
  3. Dry mouth – many prescription and over the counter medications can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, which is uncomfortable and may cause cavities.
  4. Mouth sores or irritations – can be caused by a number of drugs including oral contraceptives, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapy agents.
  5. Sudden increase in cavities – many prescription and non-prescription drugs have a high sugar content.  Watch out for syrups or lozenges that taste sweet and stay in your mouth for a long time.  Using cough drops can easily become a habit with serious consequences for your smile.

It is important to let your dentist know all medications you are taking, prescription or not. This will help us take good care of you and prevent dental problems. We can also help with any cosmetic issues caused by your medications.

Our goal is to make sure your smile stays healthy and happy!

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

Fixing Teeth Day by Day

It’s always fun to do something dramatic like a smile makeover or implant supported dentures, but there are many rewards in our day to day work as well.

When you add up how many teeth we save and restore in any given week, month, or year, the impact of the routine things we do can be surprising. And, it makes us feel good.

Some of these routine treatments we do every week include:

Professional teeth cleaning – When we clean your teeth we are keeping the bacteria in your mouth from getting out of control. This can prevent periodontal gum disease, losing teeth, and even serious medical conditions. Having a clean smile and fresh breath feels good, too.

In addition to cleaning your teeth we will be checking for oral cancer and any issues that put your teeth or health at risk.

Periodontal Therapy – Gum disease usually requires additional visits with the hygienist where she works at removing tartar, bacteria, and restoring the gums to health. Without treatment teeth would be lost and the bacteria in the mouth could contribute to dangerous conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and more.

Filling cavities – Cavities are literally holes in your teeth. If they weren’t filled the teeth would become diseased, break, and eventually be lost.

Dental crowns – Putting a crown on a tooth is like giving it a suit of armor. When teeth are damaged and at risk, we use crowns to restore and protect them.

Implants and bridges – Sometimes teeth can’t be saved and when that happens it is important to put something in their place to protect your other teeth from excess force or tipping. It always feels good to give someone back a tooth they have lost.

Whitening Smiles – Teeth whitening is very popular and something we do often for our patients. It’s a simple way to enhance smiles and help people feel more confident.

Smile Repairs or Makeovers – When teeth are cracked, chipped, or unsightly we can restore them to look and feel better. Not all smile makeovers are a big deal. Sometimes, it’s just one or two teeth that need a little help.

In retrospect, the little things we do make a big difference in our patient’s lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the many members of our patient family this way.  We care about each and every one of you and thank you for choosing us to help you enjoy a healthy happy smile.

If you are not already a member of our patient family, we would love to meet you. Give us a call at (865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN