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. 

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


8 Ways to Soothe Sensitive Teeth

woman eating ice cream with sensitive teeth

Having sensitive teeth can keep you from feeling your best and enjoying foods and drinks you love. There are many things that can cause tooth sensitivity and many possible solutions.

Here are some simple things you can try that often help.

  1. Use a soft toothbrush
  2. Avoid acidic foods
  3. Reduce stress to prevent teeth clenching and grinding
  4. Brush and floss regularly
  5. Try a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
  6. Get a dental nightguard appliance for tooth grinding
  7. Use fluoridated toothpastes and rinses
  8. See your dentist to check for cavities, nerve exposure, and other dental problems

Seeing your dentist is important if simple home remedies don’t help or you haven’t been to the dentist in over a year. We can help you feel better and start enjoying your favorite foods again. 

If you are in the Knoxville area and would like help with dental sensitivity, other dental challenges, or preventive care, we would love to help.

Call (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

Protect Your Teeth When Swimming in Chlorinated Water

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Swimming is one of the great things about summer.  There is nothing like immersing yourself in cool water when it’s hot outside.   It’s also a great way to keep the kids corralled and still let them have a lot of fun.  There is one thing about swimming you may not know.  Swimming pools and water parks may be hazardous to your teeth.

How can that be?

Have you ever jumped into a chlorinated pool and realized the water made your eyes burn?  That means the water PH was not balanced correctly.  When the PH is too acidic the water can actually damage tooth enamel.

So, what can you do?

If you have your own pool, maintain a PH between 7.2 and 7.8  Create a habit of rinsing your teeth with drinking water after swimming.  And, if you are concerned about a public pool, get some inexpensive PH test strips to check it before you swim.

And, when you know the water is safe –  Dive on In!

8 Quotes that Will Make You Smile

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  • “Peace begins with a smile.”  Mother Teresa
  • “A smile is the universal welcome.”  Max Eastman
  • “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” Tom Wilson
  • “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”  Phyllis Diller
  • “The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.”  Unknown
  • “Everyone smiles in the same language.”  Author Unknown
  •  “Smile – it increases your face value.”  Author Unknown
  •  “Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.”  Author Unknown

If you would like help keeping your smile healthy and happy,

Call: (865) 922-1613   Knoxville, TN

How to Prepare for a Successful Dental Visit

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Whether you are seeing a dentist for the first time or returning to your favorite one, there are steps that you can take to make sure your dental visit goes smoothly.

  1. When you schedule your dental appointment, let the office know if you have an artificial joint, heart condition, or other condition that may require antibiotics or special considerations before dental treatment.
  2. Make a list of your dental concerns and questions.
  3. Update your medical history once a year or whenever there are changes.
  4. Bring a complete list of medications and supplements you take.
  5. Bring your current dental insurance information if it is new for the office.
  6. Be familiar with your insurance benefits.
  7. Eat several Oreo cookies just before your appointment.

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OK.  Please don’t do the last one.  We just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

Let’s work together to make sure your dental visits are the best they can be.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville.

One Stop Dentistry – Less Time & Fewer Appointments

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In many dental offices, patients are referred out to specialists for root canals, implants, extractions, and periodontal gum disease.  This can be especially challenging for people who don’t have time or feel anxious about each visit to the dentist.

Dentists who provide oral sedation dentistry, like our Dr. Smith, are used to doing all of the treatment in one sitting without specialists.  They have the experience and knowledge needed to work efficiently and take care of all of a patient’s dental needs in one place at one time. 

Dr. Smith has a strong track record of successfully providing root canals, implants extractions, periodontal care, and whatever else his patients need whether they choose oral sedation or not. He is also known for the gentle, caring way he treats his patients.

Oral sedation is the icing on the cake for minimizing dental fear and anxiety and often allowing all dental treatment to be completed in just one comfortable visit.

Whether you choose oral sedation or not, there are benefits to selecting a dentist who has the comprehensive skills to help you save time and visits as you improve your oral health.

In the Knoxville area, Dr. Ron Smith is the one to call: (865) 922-1613

We Can Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is an ugly disease.  It can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and amputations.  No one wants that.

The CDC and American Diabetes Association say that diabetes can be prevented or delayed with their Small Steps – Big Rewards program.  Studies show that losing just 5-7% of your body weight, if you are overweight, can really make a difference.  They recommend doing this by:

  • Exercising moderately 30 minutes 5 times per week
  • Eating a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean meats.

We would add brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly to the list.  Scientists have found that problems with your teeth and gums are linked to diabetes and heart disease.

If you are in the Knoxville, TN area and would like to prevent diabetes by taking care of your dental health, call us at (865) 922-1613 for an appointment.