Tennessee River Dental Blog

Chewing Ice, Using Teeth As Tools Among Worst Habits For Teeth
11/26/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, our mission is simple: help patients of all ages throughout Hixson, Red Bank, Soddy Daisy, and the greater Chattanooga area achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through quality dental treatment. But in order to maintain a healthy smile, how you care for teeth at home is just as important as our in-office treatments – and this goes beyond simple brushing and flossing. Some habits, in particular, can have serious negative consequences on dental health, and it turns out that using teeth as tools is one of the worst.
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Consumer Reports Highlights Steps To Help Older Adults Maintain Oral Health
11/20/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, we're proud to help patients of all ages in Hixson achieve comprehensive dental health through high-quality dental treatment – and that includes senior citizens. Our focus is on long-term dental well-being, and this becomes even more important as patients age. According to a new article in Consumer Reports, dental problems are widespread among the elderly, with the CDC reporting that “twenty percent of older adults have untreated tooth decay, more than two-thirds have gum disease, and almost 1 in 5 has lost all of his or her teeth.” To help combat this, Consumer Reports has highlighted some of the most effective strategies older adults can use to maintain good oral health.
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Brush or Floss First
11/13/2018
We all know the daily commandments of dental hygiene: brush and floss your teeth, every day. This is good advice, as daily brushing and flossing is critical to keeping teeth clean and cavity-free. But there's one aspect of this routine you may not have considered: is it better to brush your teeth first or floss first? At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to be a comprehensive dental health resource for patients throughout Hixson and the surrounding areas, so here are a few thoughts on the order of oral hygiene.
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4 Ways Pregnancy Affects Oral Health
11/08/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, we're proud to help patients and families throughout Hixson and the surrounding areas maintain comprehensive dental health. We take a long-term approach to treatment, working to help our patients keep their healthy smile for a lifetime – and sometimes, that means we provide dental treatment as moms-to-be go through the process of pregnancy. While dental health may not seem like an obvious priority during pregnancy, it can have effects on oral health. To help you know what to expect and prepare for, a new article from Today's RDH lists 4 major ways that pregnancy affects oral health.
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Fluoride-Free Toothpaste Does Not Prevent Cavities, Study Finds
10/22/2018
Daily brushing and flossing is the fundamental cornerstone of strong oral health, and fluoride toothpaste is one of the most important parts of the routine. However, in recent years, some have been spreading the myth that fluoride-free toothpaste also prevents cavities, with some going as far as to say that fluoride toothpaste can harm you – a claim that contradicts decades of widely-accepted science. At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to help families throughout the Hixson area achieve beautiful smiles through comprehensive dental care, so we wanted to share a new study that puts the rumors around fluoride to rest.
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Toothbrush Care
10/15/2018
We all know that brushing and flossing your teeth are fundamental to good oral hygiene and dental health. But according to a new article in Reader's Digest, proper oral hygiene goes beyond simply brushing your teeth twice a day. In addition to the frequency and technique with which you brush your teeth, it turns out that how you store and care for your toothbrush can have an impact on your dental health. As your Hixson, TN family dentist, we at Tennessee River Dental wanted to offer some tips on how to properly care for your toothbrush.
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Tips Provided To Save A Knocked-Out Tooth
10/09/2018
Thankfully, true dental emergencies are rare. However, one of the most common and serious dental emergencies is a knocked out tooth, and if you ever do have one of your teeth knocked out, it can be hard to know what to do in the moment. At Tennessee River Dental, our mission is to help patients throughout Red Bank, Hixson, and greater Chattanooga achieve comprehensive dental health through high-quality treatment, and a new broadcast from WOLO-TV in Columbia, SC offers some helpful tips on how to deal with a knocked-out tooth.
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AAPD Research Reaffirms Importance Of Early Dental Visits
10/01/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, we're proud to provide comprehensive dental care to patients throughout the Hixson and Chattanooga, TN area. We treat patients of all ages at our office, but some of our patients may be younger than you'd expect – in fact, many of our new patients are barely 1 year old! While that may seem early for dental treatment, it's actually the ideal time for an initial dental appointment, and new research reported by the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) confirms the importance of early dental care.
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Insider Cites ADA Warning On Effect Of Lemons On Enamel
09/26/2018
Lemon water is a popular beverage for its benefits to digestion and hydration – but all things should be in moderation. According to a new article from Insider, too much lemon juice can cause a host of problems, including dental decay and cavities. As your Hixson family dentist, we at Tennessee River Dental strive to be a comprehensive resource for all things dental health. And in this case, we're here to urge caution when it comes to drinking lemon water.
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When Whitening Teeth, Working With A Dentist Is Advised
09/24/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, we're proud to help patients in Chattanooga and Hixson, TN achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles through quality dental treatment. We offer a wide range of treatment options at our office, and while our main priority is the health of your mouth and smile, we firmly believe that a beautiful smile makes for a happier, more confident life. While professional teeth whitening is the most effective way to whiten the teeth and improve the appearance of a smile, it isn't the only option. According to a new article from Business Insider, there are many effective approaches to whitening teeth – but regardless of your approach, it's always a good idea to work with a trained dentist.
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Slate Shares Best Bad-Breath Remedies, According to Dentists
09/17/2018
Bad breath plagues all of us from time to time – and while it's sometimes a result of pungent foods, it's often caused by bacteria in the mouth. As your Hixson family dentist, we're dedicated to helping you maintain comprehensive dental health, which includes treating bad breath, or halitosis, if it ever becomes a problem. And if you're looking for quick, simple fixes for the problem, a new article in Slate outlines the best bad-breath remedies according to dental experts.
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Periodontitis Remains Prevalent In US Adults, Study Finds
08/27/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, we're proud to offer a wide range of dental treatments to help patients throughout Red Bank, Hixson, Soddy Daisy, and the greater Chattanooga, TN area maintain healthy smiles. But one of the most common problems we treat affects not the teeth, but the gums: periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease is a common dental health problem, and according to a new study published in the ADA News, it's just as prevalent as ever.
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Alternatives for Popular Summer Snacks
08/20/2018
It can be hard to stay cool in the summer, but some of our favorite summer refreshments can cause serious damage to teeth. Try these alternatives today!
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Signs Of Stress May Include Grinding Teeth, Jaw Pain
08/13/2018
We all know that neglecting to brush and floss your teeth can lead to cavities – but did you know that stress can have a damaging impact on your teeth? According to a new article in Harper's Bazaar, chronic stress can lead to a variety of negative health outcomes for the teeth, damaging your smile over time. At Tennessee River Dental, we provide a variety of general and cosmetic dental treatments for a range of dental issues, so we wanted to shed some light on the damaging effects of stress on teeth and what you can do to stop them.
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Maintaining Oral Health is an Important Part of Aging
08/06/2018
Our bodies change drastically as we age, and our approach to health needs to change as well. But this doesn't just apply to our bodies; how we maintain oral health needs to change as we age, too. As your Chattanooga, TN dentist, we at Tennessee River Dental are here to help you understand how to properly maintain oral health as you age – so you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile your whole life long.
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How To Get a Whiter Smile For A Wedding
07/24/2018
Whether you're a bride or a groom on the big day, you deserve to feel radiantly confident in how you look, and having a whiter smile is a part of that process. If you're wondering how to get whiter teeth for your wedding day, your Hixson dentist is here to help.
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Why You Should Wear An Athletic Mouthguard
07/23/2018
One of the most important ways to protect your teeth and other oral structures from damage is by wearing an athletic mouthguard while practicing or playing sports, and a new piece in Harrisburg Magazine further explains why.
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Fluoride Varnish Effective Preventative Treatment
07/18/2018
According to a new report from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, preventive treatment with fluoride varnish can be an effective way to prevent cavities in children and help them develop a healthy, beautiful smile.
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FAGD Award
07/17/2018
We are extremely pleased to report that our very own Dr. Ken Randall has received the prestigious Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) award
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Tips Provided To Help With Sensitive Teeth
06/27/2018
If you've ever experienced sharp pain from cold liquids, hot foods, or any sudden temperature change, you know what it feels like to have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, and while some tooth sensitivity isn't always a cause for concern, severe or prolonged tooth sensitivity may be a sign of a larger problem. At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for your dental health, so here are a few tips on managing sensitive teeth.
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Common Pain Relievers Better Than Opioids For Dental Pain Relief, Study Finds
06/18/2018
The opioid crisis is at the level of a pandemic in this country, yet opioids continue to play a major role in pain management after surgery. But according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, opioid prescription may be misguided. At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to take a holistic approach to dental treatment, working to improve patient well-being in addition to improving smiles – so this study is welcome news.
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TODAY Shares Information On Scaling And Root Planing
06/11/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to prevent tooth decay and gum disease before it happens. Sometimes, though, gum disease can take hold – and if left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, a progressive condition that can grow serious enough to threaten the integrity of your entire smile. We can help prevent and reverse periodontitis through deep cleaning procedures known as scaling and root planing – but when do you really need a deep cleaning of your gums?
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Does Having More Children Mean Having Fewer Teeth?
05/29/2018
There's nothing quite like the joy of parenthood – but according to a new study by researchers from Heidelberg University in Germany, more children may equate to fewer teeth. The results may be surprising, but the study uncovered a strong correlation between having more children and having significantly more missing teeth.
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Article Discusses Benefits Of Using Dental Implants To Replace Missing Teeth
05/21/2018
At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to preserve our patients' natural teeth for as long as possible – but sometimes, the best solution to create a beautiful, healthy, complete smile is to replace a tooth. While we offer a number of options including dentures and dental bridges for tooth replacement, perhaps the most effective treatment is dental implants – and we're not the only ones who think so.
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Straw Use Prevents Tooth Erosion
05/14/2018
We all love straws for their convenience, but it turns out that they may come with even more benefits. Chances are, you've never thought of straws as a dental health instrument – but according to reporting by the Wall Street Journal, using a straw may help save your teeth!
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Celebrate World Oral Health Day with A Healthy Mouth!
03/20/2018
March 20 is World Oral Health Day! Did you know there is a strong connection between oral health and overall health? Your mouth is like your body’s canary in the coal mine, warning you about more serious health issues that might exist.
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Smile, You’re on Camera!
03/20/2018
A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why Tennessee River Dental has recently added additional intraoral cameras and monitors to our patient rooms.
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Dental Assistants Recognition Week
03/05/2018
The first week in March is Dental Assistants Recognition Week, a week dedicated to these important team members and the awesome work they do all year.
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Talking Sealants for Children’s Dental Health Month
02/15/2018
February is Children’s Dental Health Month, a perfect time to talk about caring for your children’s teeth. This year, Dr. Randall is taking advantage of Children’s Dental Health Month to talk about sealants and their benefits for keeping kids’ teeth healthy.
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Which Tooth Replacement Option is Right for You?
02/15/2018
Tooth replacement options have come a long way since the days of George Washington and his wooden teeth! Today, when you need to replace a tooth (or several), your dentist may present a few options for you to consider.
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Choosing the Right Toothpaste
01/18/2018
Brushing your teeth is one of the most important habits for your oral hygiene. But how are you supposed to choose the right toothpaste, when there are so many options? A walk down the toothpaste aisle can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused about what product is best for your smile.
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Are Vegans Prone to Cavities?
01/03/2018
Although an animal product-free diet may have health benefits, vegans may have to work harder to get enough essential vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and gums.
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Could Porcelain Veneers Be Right for You?
12/20/2017
Maybe it’s a little gap or a slightly twisted tooth that bothers you. Or maybe you’ve got one or two teeth that are discolored or chipped. Through cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers may the solution you need to get the smile you want.
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Happy Holidays, Healthy Teeth
12/07/2017
The holiday season is upon us, and that means we’re tempted at every turn by steaming mugs of cocoa, plates of cookies, and bowls of sugary candy. All those delicious goodies are hard on your teeth, but Dr. Ken Randall has some advice to help you have happy holidays and healthy teeth.
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TMJ Disorders: What Causes Them and How to Treat Them
11/21/2017
November is TMJ Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to talk about this common cause of jaw pain.
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How Pregnancy Affects Your Teeth
10/30/2017
Pregnancy is notorious for all the quirky symptoms that come along with your impending bundle of joy, but you may be surprised to discover that pregnancy affects your mouth, too!
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The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth
10/27/2017
All Hallow's Eve will soon be upon us, and the trick is on your teeth! But don’t hang up your pumpkin bucket just yet. Grab your spookiest mask and candy bucket as Dr. Ken Randall, your local Hixson family dentist, guides you through the worst Halloween candy for your teeth.
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Welcome to the Tennessee River Dental's Blog
04/21/2015
Dr. Randall introduces you to our dental blog, and what you can look forward to reading in the coming months!
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Dentists Warn Against DIY Teeth Straightening Trend
We all know how important it is to care for your smile at home – but a disturbing new trend of misguided at-home care is putting people at a dental health risk: DIY braces. At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to help patients of all ages in Hixson and Chattanooga achieve healthy smiles, and part of that process involves at-home care like brushing and flossing. But if you or someone you know is trying to give themselves braces at home, they're putting their teeth in serious danger.
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