4 Signs the Bacteria in Your Mouth are Out of Control

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Your mouth may be home to billions of bacteria, but when they are in balance there is nothing to worry about. It’s when they get out of control that your teeth and health can be at risk.

While there may be no symptoms that are obvious, sure signs that your mouth bacteria are having too much fun include:

Bad Breath: While the smell of your breath can change for simple reasons like the last thing you ate or your mouth being dry, it can also be a sign of digestive problems or unruly germy guys in your mouth. Try cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper or a plastic picnic knife and be sure to brush it daily. If this doesn’t help, you may want to give us a call.

Cavities: Many people don’t realize that cavities are caused by bacteria, not sugar. The sugar feeds the bacteria and they use it to create acids that eat away at your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss daily and get regular dental exams to prevent and catch cavities early.

Bleeding Gums: Another byproduct of bacteria is tartar that eventually hardens and becomes calculus. This creates nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide and build colonies, resulting in inflammation and infection. This condition is what is referred to as periodontal or gum disease and bleeding gums is one of the symptoms, although you can have it with no symptoms at all. Getting a professional teeth cleaning at recommended intervals is important for preventing this disease which can cause tooth loss and impact your overall health.

Toothaches: One of the most common causes of a toothache is a nerve that has died and become infected. If you have a tooth that hurts, especially if it throbs, is sensitive to heat or swollen, it is important to see your dentist right away. When tooth infections get out of control they can get into your bloodstream and be dangerous for your health.

Our goal is to help you keep the germs in your mouth in balance so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy smile and protect your overall health.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to meet you. Just call (865) 922-1613 to schedule an appointment.

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Sedation Dentistry: A Solution for Dental Fear & More

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Everyone deserves to have a beautiful and healthy smile, but for some of you fear of going to the dentist gets in the way.  We understand.  Helping fearful dental patients is one of our favorite things to do.

One of the most popular solutions we offer people with dental anxiety is oral sedation dentistry.  It can be as simple as taking a pill and there are no I.V. needles involved.  Our patients tell us they are awake and feel fully relaxed during their treatment. The time seems to go by quickly.  They are grateful for the experience of stress free dental appointments and proud of themselves for moving beyond their fears to become more healthy.

Some of the other benefits they appreciate about oral sedation dentistry are:

  • It is a time saver.  Oral sedation dentistry allows for longer appointments and most patients can have all of their treatment completed in one visit, saving time and trips to the dental office.
  • Dr. Ron Smith has the experience and skill needed to provide many procedures often referred out to specialists, resulting in the availability of more comprehensive dental care.
  • It is a great solution for patients with a strong gag reflex or disability.
  • In the long run, people save money because dental problems become more complex and expensive when neglected over time.
  • Even cosmetic dentistry patients love being able to relax during their smile makeovers.

We have a strong commitment to your safety.  Dr. Smith and our team have the required certifications to provide oral sedation dentistry and continue to take classes and updates as they become available.  If you are unable to come to our office, please be sure any dentist offering you sedation care has the proper certifications before allowing them to treat you.

If you are in our area or would like to travel to see Dr. Smith, we would love to help you move past your fears and enjoy better dental health with oral sedation dentistry.

Call (865) 922-1613 to learn more. We promise to take good care of you.

Tips for Dental Patients that Gag Easily

gag reflex woman with hands over mouth Knoxville dentist sedation dentistryMany people are challenged with sensitive gag reflexes when they visit the dentist. The urge to gag may be caused by physical and/or psychological issues. The most important thing is to feel comfortable with the dentist you have chosen and to communicate clearly with them.  If they are not being caring and gentle, you may be in the wrong place.

Our number one recommendation for patients who gag easily is oral sedation dentistry.  It is as easy as taking a pill before your treatment and can limit stress, fear, and the urge to gag. Oral sedation dentistry also allows us to accomplish more treatment (often all of it) in one visit, making it more convenient, too.

Other ways to to help keep your gag flex under control include :

  • Hypnosis
  • Breathing through your nose
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Numbing throat spray or ask for topical anesthetic
  • Snore relief spray
  • Putting a little table salt on the tip of the tongue
  • Choosing the time of day your gag reflex is least active
  • Listening to music
  • Lifting one foot in the air (takes your concentration away from the dentistry)
  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you are looking for an understanding and compassionate dentist and team, we would love to meet you. We promise we will be gentle and take very good care of you.

Call (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

12 Reasons to Choose Oral Sedation Dentistry

oral sedation dentistryOral sedation dentistry is an excellent option for a number of situations. Some of our patients choose it because they are afraid of dental treatment and others to help with challenges they face with regular dental care.

Some simply like it because it is fast and convenient, often allowing them to get all of their dental treatment accomplished in just one visit.

Dr. Ron Smith and our team are highly trained in oral sedation dentistry and attend regular continuing education courses to stay up to date with the latest recommendations.

We also have decades of experience providing this service for our Knoxville community and other patients who travel to see us.

You might be surprised by some of the reasons oral sedation dentistry might be a good choice for you:

  1. It is safe and effective
  2. You have fear or anxiety about dental treatment
  3. It is easy – you simply take a pill (no IV is needed)
  4. Taking care of your teeth can protect your health
  5. You want as few appointments as possible
  6. Your teeth have a history of being difficult to numb
  7. You have a strong gag reflex or very sensitive teeth
  8. You want a lot of treatment completed in one visit
  9. It is difficult for you to keep your mouth open wide
  10. Physical disabilities make dentistry challenging
  11. Lack of dental care can lower your confidence & quality of life
  12. You will be proud of yourself for getting your dental work done

If you would like to learn if oral sedation dentistry is right for you, please give us a call to schedule a consultation in our Knoxville, TN office. (865) 922-1613

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Get the Healthy Smile You Have Always Wanted

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With decades of experience providing oral sedation dental care, we have seen how it can change people’s lives.

  • No more fear
  • Improved health
  • Better smiles
  • No more embarrassment

In most cases it is as simple as taking a pill before your appointment. You will feel relaxed and may not remember your dental treatment at all.

The best part is taking care of yourself in a way that you can be proud of.

Don’t take our word for it. Here is a video that explains it all. After watching the video, just five us a call at (865) 922-1613 and we will guide you through the process.

Click the image to watch the video.

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Dr. Ron Smith has special training and certifications in sedation dental care along with years of experience turning fearful dental patients into happy ones.

If you or someone you love can benefit from oral sedation dentistry we would love to talk to you. Call (865) 922-1613  Knoxville TN

What to Look for In a New Dentist

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Choosing a new dentist can feel daunting. There are so many out there and if you don’t know what to look for, they can all look the same. But, the truth is that they will vary in personality, philosophy, and have preferred ways of doing things.

So, how do you find the new dentist that is perfect for you?

Look for Experience – Dentists receive great educations, but there is a lot to be said for the dentist who has established success and refined his skills over a number of years. They develop an instinct for knowing which dental treatment will be best in a variety of situations and usually have a well established network of resources and specialists they can trust.

Look for Friendliness, Caring, and Compassion – Choose an office that treats you well on the phone and makes you feel welcome. If you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth, make sure you don’t feel judged. One way to get a feel for how offices treat their patients is to go and sit in their reception room. How does it feel? How are they with the patients they are talking to? Are they friendly with each other? And, give them extra points if they greet you warmly and offer to help you learn more about their office.

Look for Areas of Special Training – For example, while we provide all types of general dental care, we also offer Oral Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Smith has years of training and certification in providing this service that can be very important for people who are nervous or need a lot of dental treatment. This is just one of many things that our team has special training in.

Look for a Modern, Clean Office – You should feel good in the environment of your new dental home and a well-cared for office is often an outer expression of how they approach other things.

Look for a Commitment to Continuing Education and Current Technologies – Dentists that embrace learning and new things will have up to date resources for your needs. An example in our office is our work with dental implants and implant supported dentures. These newer technologies are allowing us to provide ideal outcomes and improve people’s lives.

We do want to say though, having the latest fancy equipment does not always mean better care. Sometimes new technologies are not yet proven or still being refined. An experienced dentist committed to excellence will be open and embrace new things when they feel sure the technology is best for their patients. They understand how to balance new opportunities and the level of expert care they already provide.

If you are looking for a new dental home in the Knoxville area, we would love to talk with you. Give us a call at (865) 922-1613. 

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Choose Your Dentist Wisely

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Oral sedation dentistry is an excellent choice if you are nervous or afraid of the dentist, want a lot of treatment completed in one visit, or have other issues that make visits to the dentist challenging.

Knowing we can help you feel relaxed and calm during your dental visit can be empowering and allow you to finally have the healthy mouth and beautiful smile you deserve.

Not all dentists can legally provide this service and it is important to ask these questions when choosing an oral sedation dentist:

  • What is your training and background?
  • How long have you been providing oral sedation dentistry?
  • What special certifications or licenses do you have that allow you to be an oral sedation dentist?

In our office, Dr. Ron Smith has a long history of being a successful and experienced oral sedation dentist. He has completed advanced training in oral sedation and emergency response and takes continuing education classes every year so that he is up to date with the latest technology and information in the field.

So, what is oral sedation?

It is an easy and comfortable way to feel calm and relaxed during dental treatment. With oral sedation, you simply take a sedative pill that slows the reaction of your nervous system. There are no IV’s or needles involved. We do a thorough screening of your medical history and medications you take before choosing a medication that will be safe and effective for you.

The oral sedation drugs that we use have been used safely on millions of patients and are in the safest category available. You will feel calm and relaxed, but alert and responsive. You will not be asleep.

Over the years, we have helped many patients have dental care that would normally be too afraid or unable to. We made sure they never felt judged for the condition of their mouths when they came in and focused on helping them feel safe and understood. We have witnessed transformations that seemed miraculous and tears of joy.

We love this work and hope that if you are avoiding dental treatment and feel oral sedation dentistry may be the answer, you reach out and get the help you deserve.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN