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


If Your Teeth Could Talk

This is what they would want you to know:

  • Please, please, please don’t make us chew ice anymore.  Ouch!
  • When you brush you always miss that same spot in the back.  It never gets cleaned and grosses us out.
  • You know how you like showers? We love seeing the hygienist the same way.
  • Please don’t make us suffer by waiting to see the dentist when we need help.
  • That soda stuff you drink is turning our enamel into rubber.  Heeeeeeeelp!
  • You wear us out when you grind at night.  A nightguard would help save us.
  • We know you don’t like to floss, but that sticky stuff clinging to us has got to go.  Ewwwwww!
  • We like to sparkle when you smile and feel like super stars when you keep us white.
  • Swimming in bacteria is like swimming in a pool of sharks. Please brush, floss, and take us to the hygienist regularly.
  • Thank you for everything you do to take care of us.  Now, let’s go smile at someone!

Knoxville Family and Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613

Senior Dental Care: Keeping Teeth and Health for a Lifetime


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 our 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
  • Ask about fluoride treatments if they are prone to cavities
  • 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.  (865) 922-1613 Knoxville TN

5 Tips that Will Keep Your Smile Safe this Summer

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During summer your focus is on having fun, family time, and going on vacations.  You probably won’t spend a lot of time thinking about your teeth.

But, some summer activities can put your teeth at risk:

Swimming in chlorinated pools – the acidity of swimming pool water can eat away at your tooth enamel.  Protect your teeth by rinsing with water throughout the day and after swimming.  Do not brush your teeth within an hour of pool time as the enamel may still be vulnerable.

Drinking sodas, lemonade, and any sweet or acidic drinks – if you must have them, try drinking through a straw to limit the impact on your teeth.  Rinsing with water after your drink can also help.

Not drinking enough water – having a dry mouth can contribute to cavities.  It is important for both your health and your teeth to be sure to drink enough water and stay hydrated throughout the day.

Eating candy and sweet treats – Sticky candies get stuck on your teeth and hard candies soak them in sugar for a long time.  The solution is to brush and floss after eating them. If that is not possible, rinse with water or chew sugarless gum.

Forgetting sun protection for your lips – using lip balm with SPF 15 or more can protect your lips from sun damage and skin cancer. They are very vulnerable because the skin on your lips is thinner and exposed to the sun year round.

We encourage you to take special care to protect your smile during the summer.  Brushing and flossing daily are just as important while you are on vacation.

And, for many of you, summer will be the perfect time to catch up on any delayed dental appointments.

We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing all about your summer fun!

Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613



The Link Between Gum Disease & Dangerous Medical Conditions

You can have periodontal gum disease and not even know it.  Not everyone has symptoms like bleeding gums, tooth loss, or bad breath.

While you may be aware that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and dentists treat it to protect your teeth, there is a lot more you need to know.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and one of the primary sources of chronic inflammation in your body. Not only can this inflammation deplete your immune system, but it has been linked to many major medical diseases, as well. Conditions like:

Allergies, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive disorders, Fibromyalgia, Heart disease, Heart valve problems, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pancreatitis, Parkinson’s, Psoriasis, Stroke, and more….

Taking care of your dental health is not just about teeth anymore. Preventing and treating bacteria related conditions in your mouth can protect your health too.

You can do this by brushing and flossing every day and seeing your dentist and hygienist at recommended intervals (minimum of twice a year). Some people, especially those with a history of gum disease, need to see their dentist more often.

If you are due or past due for a dental visit, we encourage you to come in. We will do our best to support you in staying healthy and keeping your smile healthy and happy.

Knoxville Family Dentistry (865) 922-1613

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