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October Is National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM)

This October marks the 8th National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) working collaboratively to increase public awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

This year’s campaign focuses on the four components of good oral health maintenance:

The Daily 4

Brushing teeth twice daily

Always brush two minutes, two times a day, every day. Brushing for two minutes twice a day is crucial to maintaining healthy smiles. Proper brushing technique cleans teeth and gums effectively. Click here for tips on proper brushing.

Flossing Every Day

Ensure Flossing is a Daily Habit. Daily flossing (or other methods of interdental cleaning) removes plaque and food particles that cannot be reached by a toothbrush, particularly under the gumline and between teeth. If you resist flossing, open up to your Hygienist about it. Your Hygienists may recommend using a different floss and improved technique which may make it more comfortable for you. Click here for tips on proper flossing technique.

Rinsing with Antimicrobial Mouth Rinse

Use mouthwash to improve oral health. Rinsing your mouth with an antimicrobial mouth rinse every day is the best defense against gingivitis or gum disease. Consult your dental hygienist in determining which mouth rinse is best for you. Click here for a simple guide to rinsing.

Chewing Sugarless Gum

Chewing gum (without sugar) after eating can help fight tooth decay. It may seem too good to be true, but research shows that chewing gum (without sugar) after meals helps protect your teeth.  Chewing gum after a meal stimulates saliva, which can help clean food particles and neutralize plaque acids on the teeth. Click here for to learn more about the effect of chewing gum on plaque.

Maintaining and following a routine of good oral health habits is the single most effective way to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other plaque-related diseases.

We challenge you to The Daily 4!

 

 

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Conscious Sedation Dentistry, Brentwood TN

As long as there have been dentists, there have been those that delay and neglect their oral health due to fear; enduring unnecessary discomfort and pain rather than visit the dentist office. If this sounds familiar, Conscious Sedation Dentistry may be right for you.

Sedation dentistry has been around in one form or another since the mid-1800s when William T.G. Morton administered ether compound to a patient. Sedation dentistry has, luckily, evolved into a relaxing and comfortable option for those that fear dental visits.

Through the use of medication, we pride ourselves on offering our patients state of the art care, in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We tailor the level of Conscious Sedation Dentistry based on each patient’s need and level of anxiety. Best of all, we can perform a wide range of dental procedures in a single visit!

It’s important to discuss your dental fears with Dr. Kussman as we have many options to ensure you get the care you need in as comfortable a manner as possible.

flouride_treatment_kussmanConscious Sedation Dentistry Options

Light Sedation – Relaxing while allowing you to remain awake and alert.

Moderate Sedation – Relaxed and feeling sleepy and less alert, but awake.

Deep Sedation – Relaxed to the point of  ‘sleep’, or barely awake.

After the Procedure

Patients report little to no memory of their procedure after the fact allowing many to address issues they might previously have ignored.

We are dedicated to providing you with best possible care available and Conscious Sedation allows us to complete many procedures in the shortest amount of time. We encourage you to contact our office with any questions and get started on the road to optimum oral health today.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Smile

“A smile is the universal welcome.” Max Eastman

We love to see you smile! Providing you with options to improve the quality of your smile is chiefly what we do. For some, modern cosmetic dentistry provides a true smile transformation while boosting confidence and self-esteem. For others, a few minor changes to routines may be all that’s needed to enhance the quality of their smile.

You can quickly improve your smile by following the 3 suggestions below.

1. Eliminate Stains

If your teeth are stained, consider cutting back on the consumption of caffeine, red wine and other foods that may be the cause of staining. Professional teeth whitening may also be an option. In-Office whitening systems are safe, effective and fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter.

2. Brush & Floss Regularly – Even On The Go

Brush regularly and make it a habit to carry floss or dental picks with you. No need to worry about your smiles appearance if you have been maintaining it throughout the day.

3. Visit the Dentist Regularly

This may seem obvious, but regular visits to your dentist’s office give you an opportunity to discuss cosmetic options. Crowns, bridges or braces may all be an option to improve your smile and your dentist can best suggest the correct procedure when they have a complete knowledge of your oral health.

Schedule your checkup, or teeth whitening online by clicking here, or call us at (615) 346-3007.

 

 

 

 

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Tips To Send Your Child To School With A Healthy Smile

Back to school means new school clothes, school supplies, forms to fill out and new routines to learn. In short, it’s a busy, busy time! With all the hustle and bustle back to school brings, one appointment you don’t want to forget is your child’s dental check-up. In fact, the American Dental Association states,

 “A dental examination is as important as  booster shots and should be a regular part of back to school preparations.”

Along with regular check-ups, the ADA makes the following recommendations to protect your child’s oral health and send them to school with a healthy smile.

Plan Ahead

August and December are some of the busiest times. Plan ahead and schedule your child’s dental exams early.

Every Child Should Have an Orthodontic Evaluation By Age 7

Early evaluation and treatment can reduce the severity of a bad bite later in life.

Consider Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants protect your child’s teeth by forming a barrier on the chewing surface and can last several years.

Have Your Child Fitted For A Mouthguard

Sporting injuries to your child’s teeth can be minimized or prevented by use of a well-fitting mouthguard.

You may read all of the ADA Back-to-school recommendations by clicking here. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office at (615) 346-3007.

 

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The Indispensable Role of the Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienists play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases which not only affect a patient’s teeth but can impact their overall health.

Regular cleaning appointments allow the Dental Hygienist to perform oral health care assessments that include the review of patients’ health history and evaluation of gum health. Often, they are the first to recognize potential issues and implement preventative measures to circumvent more costly procedures. (more…)

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Developing a Trusting Long Term Relationship With Your Dentist

Visiting the dentist can be a scary experience for some patients. Developing a trusting relationship with your Dentist can go a long way towards easing anxiety and in turn assuring you receive the best possible care.

Choosing the right Dentist is a first step in developing a trusting relationship. Many patients rely on the list of providers included in their Insurance packet and choose the dentist that is closest in proximity to their home or office. While it’s important to see a Doctor inside your network, and that they are accessible, we suggest asking family and friends for recommendations first.

Having a personal recommendation and knowing a little about your dentist’s personality and office staff will ease some of the anxiety of your initial visit.

Once you have chosen a Dentist, try these 7 tips to developing a trusting relationship with your dental care providers:

1. Arrive Early For Appointments

Arriving at the dental office 10- 15 minutes before your appoint gives you the opportunity to relax and develop a report with office staff. Office staff are instrumental in assuring your visits run smoothly and can often answer questions you may have forgotten to ask prior to your appointment.

2. Remember, It’s the 21st Century

Advances in modern dental practices allow practitioners to focus on patient comfort. Todays Dentists use an array of new tools and techniques designed to make you as comfortable as possible in a fraction of the time.
Take comfort in knowing there are many options to ensure patients feel at ease.

3. Discuss Your Fears & Concerns

A quality Dentist will be sensitive to your anxiety and fear and will gladly take the time to discuss your options and make you feel as comfortable as possible.

4. Ask Questions

If you do not understand a suggested procedure, what aftercare is involved or why you need the procedure to begin with, ask for clarity. Don’t be afraid to ask your Dentist to explain a procedure in more detail if you still don’t understand. Understanding what to expect can go a long way to easing fears and has the added benefit of deepening trust in the Patient-Doctor relationship.

Developing a personal relationship with the dentist and office staff will give you the confidence to ask about any oral health care concerns you have, and will help you get the best care possible. You’ll also find it easier to understand what your dentist is telling you because you’ll know more about his or her personality from prior appointments and cleanings.

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Healthy Smiles Across The Globe

Dr. Kussman has been creating beautiful smiles in Nashville for over 15 years. We’re now reaching out across borders to help our patients deliver toothbrushes to children from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. Children’s dental health plays a critical role in their overall health, well-being and self-confidence. We are thrilled to make a small contribution to our patients philanthropic trips abroad.

Kussman-ZambeziDr. Kussman recently donated toothbrushes and toothpaste to the Haley family for their trip to Haiti. They were a huge hit with the village in the lower Zambezi!

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Last year, our office donated supplies to the Alternative Student Breaks organization at Auburn University for their trip to the Dominican Republic. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were delivered to adults and children at clinics and hospitals.

Thank you to all of the families and organizations for sharing their photos with us. We love seeing all the smiling, appreciative faces.

 

 

 

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Benefits of a Family Dentist

Few things are more stressful than having to leave a medical professional and strike out to find a new one. Transitioning from one physician to another and maintaining consistency of care can be a challenge. Fortunately, it is possible to have the same dentist for much of your life when you choose a Family Dentist.

Family Dentists often see patients from their first tooth to well into adulthood, creating relationships that ease anxiety and facilitate timely and consistent care.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing a family dentist to meet your oral care needs:

•Oral Care for all Ages

A family dentist knows how to provide care for multiple generations. From your toddler to Grandma, everyone in your family can get regular cleanings and exams from the same office. This will help you teach your kids about the importance of good oral practices, because they’ll see how you handle your visits to the Ryandentist and know that proper dental health is important.

•Convenient Visits

You’ll be able to save time and money by having the same dentist treat the whole family. Instead of taking time off from work and driving to your dentist, then repeating the process a different day for your kids, you only have to leave work once and take everyone to the same place. Think about the gas you’ll save by only having one office to drive to!

•Lifelong Dentistry

When you choose a family dentist, your children won’t have to find a new practitioner when they become adults. If you choose a pediatric dentist for your kids, as soon as they reach the cut-off age, they’ll have to become comfortable with a new dentist. Yet with a family dentist, all of your child’s dental records will stay in one place, and the quality and continuity of care won’t be compromised.

•Personal Relationships

By spending time in the dentist’s office as a family, you’ll develop a personal relationship with the doctors and office staff. This will give you the confidence to ask about any oral health care concerns you have, and will help you get the best care possible. You’ll also find it easier to understand what your dentist is telling you, because you’ll know more about his or her personality from prior appointments and cleanings.

As a Family Dentist, Dr. Kussman and her staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for your entire family.

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We Welcome Your Reviews

Have you visited our office recently? We would love it if you would post a review!

Let us know how we are doing. Caring for our patients is Dr. Kussman’s top priority and we receive personal satisfaction from your happiness and confidence in us. You may post your review on Google by clicking here or by visiting our Google Plus Page.

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The 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Patients seek cosmetic dentistry for many reasons and not all of them are esthetic. The most common problems patients seek restoration or cosmetic procedures for are decay, chipped teeth, discoloration, uneven teeth, & missing teeth.

The chief benefit of cosmetic dentistry is to your oral health, however, as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states:

A skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist can help to improve your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem, and confidence. Today, cosmetic dentistry has continued to evolve to where cosmetic dentists can address functional and esthetic patient concerns.

 

The following is an overview of  the 5 most popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures and their benefits:

Zoom! Whitening System

The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Zoom! Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The Zoom! clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be

The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The Zoom! clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure.

Crowns

When the structure of an entire tooth is compromised, a crown, which covers all of the surfaces of thetooth, will need to be placed. With the new CEREC Same-Day Crowns, crowns are done in a single visit.

Cerec technology is a computer-aided design (CAD) technology that allows patients to have their crown or caps shaped and fabricated within the same 90-minute visit. No more waiting weeks for lab work. No more second appointments and additional shots! Easy on your schedule and incredibly convenient and fast!

Bridges

When a tooth has been lost and healthy teeth are located on both sides of the newly missing tooth or teeth, then a fixed bridge is a treatment option. The other options are implants or a partial denture.

The procedure for having a fixed bridge made is essentially the same as having a crown made except that a fixed bridge involves at least two supporting teeth. What can cause confusion is the number of teeth needed for a fixed bridge. To replace one missing tooth requires a three tooth bridge. This is because the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth must be part of the bridge to provide support.

Bonding

Bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that enables the restoration of chipped, spotted, discolored or gapped teeth. We use modern materials that match the shade, translucency, and texture of your teeth. Our goal is to have the end result appear as if no treatment was performed. This can do wonders for your self-confidence, since smiling will come naturally to you with the improved appearance of your teeth.

Veneers

If the entire front of the tooth needs to either be repaired or cosmetically improved, one of the options is a porcelain veneer. A veneer, by definition, is an overlay with a thin layer of a fine or decorative material. We can change the color, shape, length, alignment and spacing of your teeth with porcelain veneers.

 

To continue reading about these and other Cosmetic Dentistry options click here. Or, schedule an appointment by calling (615) 346-3007, we will happily answer any questions you may have

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