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What Causes Receding Gums And How to Stop It

October 31, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 11:32 am

loving middle aged coupleThe gums are often overlooked when it comes to oral health and hygiene — but the truth is, your gum tissue provides a crucial foundation for a healthy, long lasting smile. Gum recession, which occurs when the gums pull away from where they should be against the teeth, is a common issue affecting adults of all ages. Keep reading to learn why it happens and what you can do to stop receding gums for a healthier, attractive smile.


Turn Back the Hands of Time with a Youthful Smile

September 12, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry — drprather @ 2:30 am

woman with attractive smileYour dental health has always been a top priority, which is why you practice proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist twice a year. However, when you look in the mirror, you now see some changes to your teeth and gums. Your smile just is not what it used to be despite your preventive efforts. Age can cause significant changes to your oral health and the appearance on your teeth. In fact, how they look can show your age just as much as wrinkles or gray hair. You can help to turn back the hands of time by making simple changes to your daily life.

When Should My Baby Get a Frenectomy?

August 12, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 6:40 pm

happy babyAs you look down at your baby’s plump, round face, you’re filled with feelings of concern. They’ve had a lot of problems feeding lately—they just can’t seem to get a good grip on the nipple, and the entire experience is just very uncomfortable and frustrating for the both of you. Plus, their cries seem to be somewhat stifled, as if they can’t move their mouth properly. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, then your baby may be suffering from a lip tie or tongue tie, which is the result of a short or thickened frenulum. This can present potentially serious problems for a child, but fortunately, your dentist can provide a simple solution using a quick procedure called a frenectomy. (more…)

Should I See an Emergency Dentist for My Knocked Out Tooth?

August 4, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 5:52 pm

smile with missing toothDuring a particularly rough game of “touch” football with your friends, one of your teeth was suddenly and accidentally knocked out. Looking in the mirror right afterward, you seem to have been relatively lucky because it wasn’t one of the teeth that shows when you smile, and it doesn’t hurt either. Should you still see an emergency dentist? The definitive answer is yes. Even a missing tooth that doesn’t affect your appearance or cause pain still puts your smile at great risk, and you should always seek out care to have it replaced. Why? Read on to find out! (more…)

Help! I Need an Emergency Dentist in Nashville?

July 17, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drprather @ 5:27 pm

Young woman with toothacheWhen a medical emergency occurs, you know exactly how to respond and what situation requires immediate care. However, when it comes to those involving your oral health, it may not be as clear. Emergency issues involving your teeth and gums are not widely discussed. As a result, you may not be aware as to what needs same-day care and what issues can wait. While some are obvious, like a knocked-out tooth, others may not be as apparent, like a sudden toothache. However, it is important to learn to spot the signs of a situation that requires an emergency dentist in Nashville to save your tooth from extraction. If you delay scheduling an appointment, you may need to have your tooth removed.

Repair Smiles with Natural Looking & Feeling White Fillings

June 22, 2017

Portrait of young woman at dentist's office replacing fillings. Side view. Close up.Even though we all do our best, most people are unable to prevent tooth decay, wear, and damage for their whole lives. When tooth decay or minor damage occurs, fillings are used to replace the lost tooth structure and restore patients’ smiles. At P.S. Smiles, we use composite resin to create the most natural looking fillings that strengthen damaged tooth enamel and last for years. Don’t wait for your dental checkup. If you notice toothache, sensitivity, discoloration, or signs of wear around a tooth, call us to schedule an appointment right away. Tooth decay is often the cause of these concerns, and it may continue to spread destroying more of the tooth if left untreated.

Your Dentist In Nashville Explains How Often To Brush & Floss

May 11, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 8:42 pm

Wondering how often you should brush your teeth? Find out here from your premier dentist in Nashville.Did you know that most Americans only brush their teeth once a day? When you consider that most people eat more than three times a day, brushing this infrequently can leave your teeth in optimal condition for developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. That’s why it’s important to make sure you brush long enough each time you brush, and that you brush often enough. And, when you receive professional cleanings from your dentist in Nashville, you’ll meet the trifecta of oral hygiene. Learn about proper oral hygiene at home from the team at PS Smiles.


Why Should You See Your Dentist In Nashville Twice A Year?

April 17, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 2:16 am

In this post, your premier dentist in Nashville weighs in on the importance of preventive oral healthcare. Did you know that the history behind seeing the dentist twice a year comes from military history? That’s right – over 50 years ago, the teeth of the soldiers entering the armed forces were so bad, that dentists created the rule of thumb of twice a year dental care to improve dental health for all Americans. And to this day, this generality applies – to keep your smile up-to-par, you should visit your dentist in Nashville at least every six months. While some patients may need checkups and cleanings more often, the team at P.S. Smiles explains why you should come in for an exam regularly.


How To Brush & Floss Correctly – Tips From Your Dentist In Nashville

April 4, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 3:23 am

Since you’ve been brushing and flossing for so long, your technique may be a little rough around the edges. Learn how to improve your skills from your dentist in Nashville.

Every morning and every night, you brush and floss your teeth. You’re sure not to miss a day – even when you’re busy –  but sometimes you have to zoom out the door to beat the rush hour traffic, and when you get home, time slips away and you’re practically asleep while caring for your smile. Like most people, brushing and flossing can become routine, and your technique can suffer – leaving your grin at risk for dental problems. In this post, the team at P.S. Smiles, your premier dentist in Nashville, helps you brush up on your skills to improve your oral hygiene routine at home.


Replace Your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in Franklin

March 4, 2017

Filed under: cosmetic dentistry — drprather @ 7:00 pm

Discover the benefits of dental implants in Franklin. If you are missing a tooth, you are not alone. In fact, more than 178 million adults in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Although it may not seem like a real concern, your incomplete smile impacts your oral health. Each tooth has an important role in dental health and oral functions. When even one tooth is lost, your will suffer significant consequences. Not only does eating and speaking become more challenging, but you risk additional tooth loss due to decreased bone density. Now you can benefit from dental implants in Franklin with P.S. Smiles to permanently replace your missing tooth.

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