October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which is a month to both educate patients on oral hygiene and recognize the impact dental hygienist make on our oral health. Our favorite dental hygienist, Kayla, has been with the Thomasson Dental team for almost a year. One of her favorite parts of the job is getting to know patients, so we thought we’d let our patients get to know her a little better.
Here’s our Q&A with Kayla:
Q: Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist?
Kayla: I looked into many healthcare related fields and decided I like the flexible hours.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?
Kayla: I enjoy getting to know patients.
Q: What’s one thing you wished patients knew?
Kayla: We are here to help them and wants what’s best for their overall health, as well as their oral health.
Q: Any tips for relaxing in the dental chair?
Kayla: Take deep breaths and let us know if something is bothering you.
Q: Favorite toothbrush?
Kayla: Sonicare Flexcare
Q: Favorite toothpaste?
Kayla: Crest Complete with Scope
Q: Favorite place to eat?
Q: Dream vacation?
Q: Favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Kayla: Spending time with friends outdoors.
Kayla is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from Western Kentucky University. Any descriptions of companies or products mentioned in this post are strictly opinions of the interviewee and are in no way promoted by Thomasson Dental.
By now, if you have been keeping up with Thomasson Dental or been in to see us recently, you know we are moving to a new location. We are very excited about the upcoming move and want to bring our loyal patients along for the ride with updates throughout the process. We also want to reassure everyone that we aren’t moving far, and in case you’re wondering, Dr. Mark isn’t planning on retiring anytime soon.
Our new address will be 1114 Gallatin Pike, North (only 2.4 miles up the road), and our estimated move in date will be December 2018! The building previously belonged to Dr. Karen Duffy, who treated patients for more than 30 years at the Minor Medical Emergency Center. We are excited to bring new life to the building and continue to use the space to serve and care for those in the Madison-Rivergate community, along with the greater Nashville area.
We are proud to be working with Center Pointe Construction to make this dream a reality and have already made some great progress! Since purchasing the building in March of 2018, we’ve had the plans completed and were ready to begin demo. Like many buildings built in the 1960’s, this building had asbestos. This road block set us back a few months from our initial time line and proved to be a much bigger hurdle than we first realized.
Never the less, after a complete abatement of the demolition phase we received clearance from the Metro Health Department and have obtained our building permit! Now working with a clean slate, the rooms have been lined out, and the mason has begun relocating widows to ensure each operatory has plenty of natural light to help keep you relaxed during visits. We’re looking forward to this next stage of construction, as our new office takes shape.
Check out the pictures of the progress thus far and stay tuned for updates along the way!
Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Thomasson Dental Today!
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to Thomasson Dental for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call (615) 865-1732 for an appointment today.
If you suffer from a temporomandibular (“jaw joint”) pain disorder (TMD), you know any activity involving jaw movement can be uncomfortable. That includes eating.
But avoiding eating isn’t an option—which means you may be attempting to minimize discomfort during flare-ups by choosing soft, processed foods that don’t require a lot of jaw force. While this may certainly ease your TMD symptoms, you might also be cheating your health by eating foods not optimally nutritious.
It doesn’t have to be a trade-off: with a few simple techniques you can still eat whole, natural foods while minimizing jaw joint pain. Here are 3 tips for making mealtime less stressful during TMD flare-ups.
Cut food into manageable bite sizes. Preparing your food beforehand will make a big difference in how much effort your jaws exert as you eat. Make sure all your food portions of vegetables, fruits or meats are cut or prepared into small, manageable bite sizes. It also helps to remove the tough outer skin of some fruits and vegetables or to mash other foods like potatoes or beans.
Use cooking liquids to soften food. For foods that aren’t naturally moist, you can add liquids to soften them and make them easier to chew. Incorporate gravies, sauces or marinating liquids into your meal preparation to help soften tougher foods like poultry, meats or some vegetables.
Go easy with your chewing and biting motion. The strategy here is to minimize jaw movement and force as much as possible. While preparing your food as mentioned before will help a lot, how you bite and chew will also make a big difference. Limit your jaw opening to a comfortable degree, take small bites and chew slowly.
Managing a jaw joint disorder is an ongoing process. When practiced together with other treatments like therapy or medication, eating deliberately can help make life with TMD easier.
If you would like more information on coping with jaw joint disorder, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “What to Eat When TMJ Pain Flares Up.”
If you're in need of a crown to cover a damaged tooth, you have a lot of options. But before you choose, you need to know what you want. Would you be happy with an affordable, well-fitting crown that holds up well and allows you to chew comfortably? Or are you interested in a more expensive one that also provides the most attractive result?
Crowns have been a mainstay in dentistry for generations. The first were made of metals like gold or silver — durable and effective but not very attractive.
In time, a ceramic material known as dental porcelain began to make its appearance in crowns. Dental porcelain could be fashioned to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth, but it had a significant drawback: it could be brittle and subject to shattering under chewing pressure.
This problem was somewhat addressed with the innovation of a crown with a metal substructure fused with an outer layer of porcelain. These porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combined the best advantages of both materials: strength and life-likeness. Up until around the mid-2000s, PFM made up over 80% of crowns.
But later porcelains continued to improve in strength, beginning in 1993 with the introduction of a Lucite-reinforced material. Newer formulations like lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide (now considered the strongest porcelain) have made all-porcelain crowns a viable option. Today, an estimated 60% of new crowns are all-porcelain.
From an appearance standpoint, all-porcelain crowns achieve the best results. The most realistic crown can be costly — not because of the material but the level of artistry required. A skilled dental technician will spend several hours, including brushing on as many as fifteen coats of liquid porcelain to the crown, to achieve the most life-like outcome. Your insurance plan, if you have one, will most likely not pay as high a percentage for that type of crown.
In the end, it's your decision as to what type of crown you wish to have. We'll help you weigh your options and decide what's best for you and your budget.
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