Two Very Frequently Asked Questions

Two Very Frequently Asked Questions

Here are two of the most frequent questions we are asked at Harrison Family Dentistry:

  1. The first one is “Do you see children here?” and the answer is a resounding “YES! We love kids!” 
  2. The second is “When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?” and the answer to that one is: “As soon as their insurance kicks in!”

Actually – that’s not true. We agree with the recommendation of the American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry, which states that a child should be seen either as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday.

Many times a child’s first dental visit involves just a quick peek at their teeth, wiping the teeth and gums with a piece of gauze and giving them a ride up and down in the dental chair. Of course everyone will tell them how good they are and how much fun it is to see the dentist - and that may be the most important part of the visit!

Studies have shown that many people avoid visiting the dentist purely out of fear – and we want to make sure that for the up and coming generation that is a thing of the past. With so many modern ways to make dentistry more comfortable, there simply is no reason to be afraid! But unfortunately, television shows and movies continue to depict things in a negative light. At Harrison Family Dentistry, it is our goal to let children (and adults!) know that dental health is a comfortable, important and even fun part of our overall well being.

Here are a few more easy and important tips to pass along to those with infants or older children:

  • Never nurse a baby to sleep or allow them to go to sleep with a bottle. This can cause a very harmful and serious form of cavities. If a baby must go to sleep with a bottle, only water should be used.
  • Use a small-headed soft bristle toothbrush with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth. If your child likes to swallow the toothpaste use some without fluoride until he or she is ready to brush without swallowing. Do it in the morning and always before bedtime.
  • Even though they will eventually be lost, “baby teeth” are very important. Not only do they help children to speak and chew, they also set a straight path for the permanent teeth to erupt. If they are lost prematurely, the adult teeth can be compromised.
  • Sealants are a fast, easy and effective way to prevent cavities. Be sure to ask us if your child is ready for them.

At Harrison Family Dentistry, we strive to provide the best and most comfortable treatment possible for patients of all ages. Should you have any questions about children’s dental care – or anything else – feel free to give us a call at 423-344-3884.


Nate Henderson

Dr. Nate Henderson was born in Alabama and raised in North Carolina. He attended King University in Bristol, TN and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Biology and Chemistry in 2001. After teaching and coaching high school students for two years he attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he received the National Student Implant Award from the Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and graduated with honors in 2007 to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.).