holiday dental tips for kids

Holiday Dental Tips for Kids

Dr Devine Family Dentistry

Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year, but when it comes to the oral health of your children, it can be a hazardous time. Between the downtime of being out of school and an apparent never-ending array of meals, parties, and events that often feature sugary treats, the holidays can be a prime time of year for tooth decay and cavities to develop. The dental team at Devine Dentistry wants to help parents encourage good dental habits this holiday season, which hopefully will carry …

constant migraines and neck pain

Constant Migraines or Neck Pain

Dr Devine TMJ

Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN It is common for people to dismiss temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder) as the cause of their constant pain, be it in the mouth, head or neck. Often, persistent headaches are chalked up to stress, and ongoing neck pain is thought to be related to sleeping in an unfavorable position. While these reasons can certainly cause pain or discomfort, there could be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed – TMJ disorder. What is TMJ disorder? TMJ disorder is when the muscles and tendons of the jaw joints …

use your dental insurance benefits

Don’t Waste Money, Remember to use your Dental Insurance Benefits

Dr Devine Blog

Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN If you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance offered through your employer, it is likely that your insurance policy covers two dental cleanings and checkups each year. Why are these checkups important and why should you take advantage of them? Today on the blog, we will be answering these questions. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone receive routine dental checkups and cleanings. The purpose of these visits to your Nashville dentist is to remove tartar buildup from around your teeth and gums, as well as monitor any …

gift yourself a new smile for holidays

Gift Yourself a New Smile for the Holidays

Dr Devine cosmetic dentistry

Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN Halloween festivities are behind us as we eagerly wait for the end of year holiday season. Soon, get-togethers with family and friends will commence as well as holiday parties. Maybe you are not looking forward to said gatherings because you worry about what others will think of your smile. Do you tend to hide your smile, feel embarrassed or avoid social gatherings because of how your smile makes you feel? Why not gift yourself a new smile for the holidays? So this year it will be your smile that …

do i need an antibiotic before my dental procedure

Do I Need an Antibiotic Before my Dental Procedure

Dr Devine Health

Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN Prescribing an antibiotic for patients prior to a dental cleaning has been the norm for those with a history of heart problems or joint replacement. This is known as antibiotic prophylaxis and is done so to prevent oral bacteria from entering the patient’s bloodstream and causing an infection in the heart or joints. However, with antibiotic resistance on the rise, it is important to note when antibiotics are actually necessary, and when they are not. According to the American Dental Association, it is recommended that patients with these specific …