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

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.

Don’t Let Fear and Embarrassment Keep You from Taking Care of Your Teeth

Because we have offered sedation dentistry we see a lot of people who really, really do not like going to the dentist. Many of them have not walked through the door of a dental office in years.

Fear and anxiety often play a big role in their avoiding dental care, but after a while embarrassment is likely to set in. When they are finally ready or have a dental emergency and come in, many actually try to apologize for the condition of their teeth.

There is no need to apologize or feel ashamed. We know that the condition of your teeth does not reflect on who you are. It simply means something got in the way of your taking care of yourself.

Once our patients get to know us, they realize that we are not going to judge them. We appreciate their courage in coming in and focus on helping them with their dental needs.

We know that by taking care of their oral health they will be improving their medical health, as well. Dental conditions and oral bacteria have been linked to diseases like diabetes, cancer, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more. Our goal is to help all of our patients stay healthy, happy, and smile more often.

If you are one of those people who have been avoiding dental care, we want you to know that you deserve to be respected and cared for in a compassionate way.

Our team is known to be gentle, caring, and dedicated to excellence. Dr. Smith is experienced at almost all dental procedures so referrals to specialists are seldom needed. You can trust that his dental work will look good, feel good, and last a long time. 

Now is a great time to take that first step towards a healthy mouth. Just imagine how proud you will be of yourself and your new smile.

If you are in the Knoxville area, we would love to welcome you to our family of happy dental patients. You can schedule a consultation by calling: (865) 922-1613

We promise to take great care of you!

Rethink Your Drink: Six Dangers of Drinking Diet Soda

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It looks good. And, it tastes good, especially on a hot summer day, but drinking soda is bad for your health.  It doesn’t matter what brand you drink or if it is diet or made with real sugar. They all come with related risks.

While diet soda may seem like a better option, a recent article in Prevention Magazine reinforced some of the surprising consequences drinking it can bring.

Depression – the American Academy of Neurology says that if you have more than four cans of soda a day you are 30% more likely to feel depressed.

Metabolic Syndrome – this is a group of symptoms including high cholesterol and belly fat that put you at risk for heart disease and other health challenges.

Kidney Decline – a Harvard Medical School study says drinking soda daily can double your risk of impaired kidney function.

Acid Reflux – Combining the acidity of cola with the bubbles in carbonation can be hard on your digestive system.

Stroke and Heart Attack – your risk increases 43% when you drink more than one soda a day.

Tooth Erosion – Both acidity and carbonation put your teeth at risk. Soda can eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. When an extracted tooth is soaked in soda for a few days it comes out damaged and almost black. No one wants that.

If you are a soda drinker, we encourage you to think carefully before your next drink. Cutting back or giving up soda may be much better for your health.

Knoxville Family and Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613

Oral Sedation Dentistry is Easier than You Think

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It’s bad enough to be afraid of the dentist, but for some of you a lack of information can make the solution sound scary too.  What you may not know about oral sedation dentistry is how easy it is and how pleasant your experience will be.

First of all, it is safe and effective.  The medication we use has been used safely for decades.  It is really easy too!  You simply take a pill.  No IV.  No extra needles or shots.

Most patients describe a feeling of being completely relaxed, but awake, and they often do not remember their dental visit later. They  are always  happy and grateful that we make this experience available to them.

Sedation dentistry is convenient too.  In most cases you can get all of your dental treatment completed in just one visit.  You save time, trips to the office, and have fewer opportunities to be nervous about your treatment.  Some patients choose sedation dentistry for this reason alone.

If fear of the dentist has been keeping you from taking care of your health or having a smile you are proud of, there is no reason to wait anymore.  We have helped many people just like you have comfortable, relaxed dental experiences.  We love seeing them change from feeling ashamed and fearful to happy and proud.

You can become one of our happy patients, too!

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

Ron Smith, DDS – Caring, Excellence and Efficiency All In One Place

Ron_Smith_400x400In many dental offices, patients are referred out to specialists for root canals, extractions, and periodontal gum disease. This can be especially challenging for people who have limited time or are anxious about dental visits.

Dentists who provide sedation dentistry are used to doing all of the treatment in one sitting without specialists. They have the experience and knowledge to take care of all of a patient’s dental needs in one place at one time. While there may be special situations, they are generally confident and have a strong record of success in providing root canals, extractions, periodontal care, and whatever their patients need.

If you would like to have your dentistry completed in fewer appointments, by the same dentist, all in one place, a dentist who offers sedation dentistry may be the answer.

In our Knoxville office, Ron Smith, DDS is the expert in providing a full range of excellent care with or without sedation.  He works quickly and effectively, valuing your time while providing high quality dental treatment in a caring environment.

If these are things you appreciate, you might want to give us a call:  865) 922-1613

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Not Just for Dental Fear & Anxiety

afraid of dental chair dental fearWhen we think about oral sedation dentistry, most of us picture people who are afraid of dentists or have a lot of dental anxiety.  While these patients are the primary users of oral sedation in our practice, there are other reasons people choose sedation that might surprise you.

Oral sedation dentistry may be a good option if:

You have a lot of treatment to get done – with sedation dentistry we can often get all of your treatment completed in one visit, making your dental care easy and convenient. Many people choose this option so they can take just one day off work and not have to come in for several visits.  It is also an excellent choice for people who are very busy, need treatment completed quickly, or travel a lot.

You have a strong gag reflex – for some patients even the simplest dental procedure can become an ordeal.  Oral sedation dentistry is an effective solution for people who gag easily or have trouble holding their mouth open.

Your dental treatment is complex or will require long appointments – in some cases, being able to have the longer visits sedation makes possible will allow your dentist to provide the best possible treatment for your situation.

Your teeth have a history of being difficult to numb – some dental patients require more local anesthesia than others and there are also times when teeth don’t get numb at all. Larger amounts of local anesthesia, especially with epinephrine, can give patients headaches or jitters after their treatment and there are limits as to how much can be given safely.  Oral sedation dentistry allows these patients to have the treatment they need without being concerned about their teeth getting numb.

Sitting in a dental chair is uncomfortable for you – if you have back or neck issues that make your dental visits hard on you, oral sedation can help make them easier.

The next time you or someone you love needs to have dental work, remember that oral sedation is an option that can save time and help you be more comfortable during the process.  You simply take a pill and your dentist does the rest.

One word of caution – be sure that the dentist you choose for oral sedation dentistry has the required advanced credentials and training.

If you are in the Knoxville area and curious about how sedation might help you, give us a call: (865) 922-1613

If you are not in our area, here is a resource for finding a certified oral sedation dentist near you:

6 Risk Factors for Losing Teeth


A recent study of almost 1800 patients who had teeth removed revealed several common denominators that were identified as risk factors for losing teeth.  Do any of these apply to you?

  • Male, over 30 years old
  • Smoker
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Lack of dental care – 87% had not seen the dentist in the last 6 months

The good news is that you have some level of control over several of these.  If you stopped smoking, took care of your health, and visited your dentist regularly, your risk of losing teeth would greatly diminish.

If you value your teeth and want to take action to save them, we would love to help. If being afraid of dental treatment contributed to your avoiding the dentist, we offer oral sedation dentistry to make your dental visits seem easy.  Just give us a call at (865) 922-1613.