Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates: Friendly and Professional Dentists Serving Middle Tennessee with One Goal in Mind – Excellence.
125 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 140, Franklin, TN 37067
Aspen Grove Medical Plaza 125 Cool Springs Blvd. Suite 140 Franklin, TN 37067
Our Orthodontists are finely educated experts in dentistry specializing in straightening teeth and aligning jaws, thus preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities. Most conditions such as dental crowding, protruding teeth, jaw growth problems, and conditions from finger-sucking, dental disease, or poor dental hygiene, can be successfully treated by one of our orthodontic specialists, who will determine the appropriate timing in the child's growth to perform the treatment, whether as preventative or to correct the problem.
Our Oral and Maxillofacial Specialists treat conditions, injuries, and esthetic aspects of the mouth, face, teeth, and jaw. Common treatable issues are misaligned jaws, problematic wisdom teeth, facial pain, and more. With highly specialized knowledge in pain control and with advanced training in anesthesia, our specialists provide comfort, safety, education, and expertise in our relaxing office settings.
Our General Dentists take pride in the state of the art facility that we have constructed for our adult patients, and provide the latest and most advanced techniques and dental procedures in general and cosmetic dentistry.
Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates is helping you with your Pediatric Dentistry, Special Needs Children and Adults, orthodontics, oral surgery and much more! Let Snodgrass-King help your entire family have a Smile To Build A Future On!
Fantastic Holiday Giveaways at Snodgrass-King Dental
Season’s greetings and happy holidays from the Snodgrass-King Dental family to yours! To celebrate the end of the year festivities, we are hosting a fantastic holiday giveaway at our Cool Springs, Spring Hill, Providence, and Murfreesboro locations.
Refer a Friend and Win Big!
Exceptional oral hygiene techniques need to be taught early in order to have the most impact on a person’s mouth. To help spread the word, we have created a holiday giveaway to encourage our clients to share the importance of pediatric dentistry.
Entering is easy. Now until the end of December, if you refer a friend to our pediatric dentistry service and that friend becomes a patient, you will have your name entered to win. During the first week of January, a name will be drawn from each of the 4 participating locations for our grand prize.
Winners will receive an Oral-B Pro 5000 Electric Toothbrush and an Opalescence Go Whitening Kit. Both high quality products are top of the line and will be a tremendous asset to your oral health.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy Over the Holiday
Whether you are traveling around visiting with family and friends or taking it easy this holiday season, please remember to maintain healthy dental practices. The holidays are filled with delicious foods and sugary delights that are often too good to pass up.
Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day as well as your tongue (where bacteria and bad breath also live). Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth comfortably. Also, flossing daily is important to reach those places between your teeth and under your gumline that your toothbrush misses.
If you are traveling or have an extended period of time where you are eating without access to your dental equipment, drink plenty of water. Water helps flush out your mouth and prevents buildup. Simply brushing your teeth without toothpaste is also a great way to clean your mouth if there is no other option at the time.
Snodgrass-King Dental is a multi-specialty practice, offering you a unique experience in pediatric dentistry, adult and cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontics. We have been serving Middle Tennessee with exceptional service for over 25 years and would love to share the gift of fantastic oral care with you and those you love.
Request an appointment with Snodgrass-King Dental today at 615-771-1111 or visit us online at snodgrassking.com for a full listing of all of our services and more!
Take Advantage of your 2016 Dental Benefits Before Time Runs Out!
As we head into the end of 2016, Snodgrass-King Dental would like to take this time to remind you take full advantage of your dental insurance benefits before time runs out!
Did You Know Your Dental Benefits Expire?
Your dental plan is nearing the end of its 2016 term. If there are any covered cleanings, fillings, or other procedures you have not taken advantage of this year, now is the time to schedule an appointment. As soon as 2017 starts, any unused coverages will expire and your yearly deductible resets. Please do not miss out!
Did You Know Putting Off Recommended Services Can End Up Costing You More?
A small cavity might not seem like an urgent fix, but the damaged area can worsen the longer you wait. The risk increases if you take certain medications like antihistamines, decongestants, and antidepressants because they can reduce saliva flow and increase the buildup of harmful mouth bacteria in your mouth. If too much time passes, the corrective procedure may become more intensive, requiring you to pay additional costs you could have avoided.
Did You Know Oral Hygiene Is Linked to Your Overall Health?
According the Mayo Clinic , without routine checkups and daily oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and rinsing), the harmful bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream, causing your arteries to thicken and harden. As this buildup continues, it restricts blood flow throughout the body increasing the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Breathing in the germs from gum disease can also increase your risk of pneumonia and other respiratory infections.
Do Not Worry, Snodgrass-King Dental is Here for You!
At Snodgrass-King Dental, we want you to stay safe and healthy all year long by providing a multi-specialty practice, offering you a unique experience in pediatric dentistry, adult and cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontics. From birth through adulthood, we have specialists to care for your every dental need. The benefit is continuity of care through all phases of your life giving you “a smile to build a future on.”
Request an appointment with Snodgrass-King Dental today at 615-771-1111 or visit us online at snodgrassking.com for a full listing of all of our services and more!
Join Snodgrass-King Dental “Pink Out” in October
Are you ready to grin for a good cause? Our orthodontic teams of Snodgrass-King Dental in Spring Hill, Hermitage, and Mount Juliet are teaming up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Orthodontic Health Month in October with “Pink Out.”
“Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness
During the month of October, participants in “Pink Out” choose pink as their arch color on their braces. For each participant, Snodgrass-King Dental will donate $1/arch to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and an additional $1 if the participant publishes a selfie on social media with #PINKOUTSK. Spreading the word has never been easier!
For those unfamiliar, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is the largest, most widely recognized, and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. Considering 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, this horrible disease has most likely affected you or someone close to you. By participating in this event, you can aid researchers in putting an end to breast cancer for good.
The Inspiration behind “Pink Out”
While in the military, Dr. Heidi Sottek put on the same program after her aunt developed breast cancer for a second time. It was an emotional experience for all, but thankfully her aunt became a two-time survivor and the “Pink Out” program was a huge success. After learning about the event, one of Dr. Sottek’s assistants suggested implementing the program at Snodgrass-King Dental. We are happy to say that we have already raised over $100 within the first few days of October and we are still going strong!
Aside from raising money for this important research, the community plays a large role in hosting “Pink Out.” Giving individuals a safe place to open up and express how breast cancer has affected them and their loved ones helps everyone to heal. From pink ribbons to emotional support, Snodgrass-King Dental believes this is a cause worth fighting for and we look forward to you joining us.
For over 25 years, Snodgrass-King has offered Middle Tennessee a unique experience in pediatric dentistry, adult and cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontics. From birth through adulthood, we have specialists to care for your every dental need. The benefit is continuity of care through all phases of your life giving you “a smile to build a future on.”
Request an appointment with Snodgrass-King Dental today at 615-771-1111 or visit us online at snodgrassking.com for a full listing of all of our services and more!
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: What Are My Options?
For adults who need orthodontic treatment, there are more options available today than there were several decades ago. In addition to traditional metal brackets, there are also clear ceramic brackets and Invisalign, which involves a progressing set of clear retainers that patients wear most of the time, but can take out to do things like brush and eat. Understandably, many adults desire Invisalign because it is a less invasive and slightly less uncomfortable process since it does not involve metal or ceramic brackets being attached to the teeth. Invisalign is also more aesthetically pleasing.
However, not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is an amazing technology that has helped millions of people, but it does have its limitations in certain cases. Severe cases, especially those that involve a deep overbite, are often best treated with traditional brackets—either metal or clear ceramic. The reason for this is that Invisalign allows for a type of tooth movement that is not quite as extreme or drastic as traditional orthodontics.
Invisalign also has a few major benefits over traditional orthodontics. With Invisalign, there is no concern about getting food caught in your braces while eating or about removing your braces to stains around the bracket area caused by not brushing and flossing properly. It is also impossible for most people to notice you are even wearing the retainers without looking very closely, leading to increased confidence and minimized inconvenience. Invisalign also usually involves fewer actual visits to the orthodontist.
So which option is right for you? If you are an adult needing orthodontic work and are unsure how to proceed, the best thing you can do is talk to a qualified orthodontist and get a full consultation. Our orthodontists at Snodgrass King Dental will evaluate your case, ask about your medical history, find out what you want to get out of your orthodontic work and determine the best way to move forward to achieve the outcome you desire.
To schedule your orthodontic consultation at Snodgrass King Dental today, give us a call at (615) 771-1111 or visit our website at snodgrassking.com/orthodontics to learn more!
Are You Accidentally Setting Your Child Up for Cavities?
In Middle Tennessee, most children have just gone back to school for the year or are preparing to soon. Childhood cavities are one of the most important pediatric dentistry issues today, but many parents do not know that they might be unwittingly setting their child up to get them based on what they are putting in their school lunches!
It seems counterintuitive, because we have been told for years that juice is healthy for kids (and adults). And it is—when you have the ability to brush your teeth immediately afterwards. The trouble with juice is not that it is not healthy but that it contains a large amount of concentrated sugars, which can sit on the teeth all day long and lead to cavities. This is true whether it is organic fresh-squeezed juice or a fruit juice packet from concentrate—there is too much sugar in either option to leave on the teeth for hours. The same also applies to fruit gummies and fruit chews, and especially soda, which should never be a regular part of a child’s school lunch.
Water is the best choice for kids’ lunches. It may not be as exciting, but it’s vitally important to keep kids hydrated during the day, and unlike juice it will not leave sugars sitting on their teeth all day long. If they really want something sweet, a piece of fruit is fine since the act of chewing the fiber of the fruit, especially along with other things, will remove much of the sugar from the teeth. Other good healthy choices for your child’s lunch include:
- carrots and celery
- cheese and crackers
- apples and peanut butter
- anything with only small amounts of natural sugars
This is not to say that children can never have juice with their school lunches. It is just important that parents be mindful of what they put in their child’s lunch and, overall, make choices that are lower in sugar since they cannot brush their teeth in the middle of the school day.
If your child needs to be seen this fall for their regular biannual appointment, call Snodgrass King Dental today. Appointments for Middle Tennessee’s fall breaks are already filling up quickly, so call (615) 771-1111 to schedule your appointment or visit snodgrassking.com to learn more.
When Should Adults Get Oral Cancer Screenings?
At Snodgrass King Dental, we are famous for our unparalleled pediatric dentistry. But we also offer a huge variety of unmatched quality dental services for adults, including oral cancer screenings. No one ever truly wants to talk about cancer, but one of the major keys to surviving cancer is early detection—and that is where oral cancer screenings come in.
If adults are following the recommendations of dentists everywhere, they should be coming in to see their dentist for a checkup and cleaning twice a year anyway. Snodgrass King Dental suggests that an oral cancer screening should be conducted at one of those checkups. Unless persistent mouth problems exist already, an oral cancer screening once per year is sufficient.
Why is an oral cancer screening necessary in the first place? Oral cancer happens to be one of the most curable cancers in the world—up to an 80% curability rate when detected early! A routine oral cancer screening can make all the difference. Oral cancer is caused by a variety of factors—from smoking and alcohol use to a certain strain of HPV, and some genetic factors may be at play as well. But whatever its cause, a yearly oral cancer screening is the key to beating oral cancer when and if it does occur.
During your oral cancer screening, your dentist will look for several common warning signs of possible or potential oral cancer, including, but not limited to: white and red oral patches, oral bleeding, numbness in the mouth or face, and sores that do not heal within two weeks. Your dentist will also ask you about certain behavioral factors, such as if you have had problems swallowing or moving your mouth in a full range of motion, any ear pain, or experienced weight loss not as a result of diet or lifestyle change. Any concerning finds can be referred to a specialist.
If you have never had an adult oral cancer screening, now is the time to start. Be sure to ask your dentist to include an oral cancer screening with your next regular checkup. If you have questions about your checkup or about the oral cancer screening process, contact Snodgrass King Dental today. Give us a call at (615) 771-1111 or visit our website at snodgrassking.com to learn more.
When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist?
New parents are faced with a never-ending stream of information about their baby—from feeding to sleeping to crawling and walking, everyone seems to have an opinion about what is best. Because of this, there is also a lot of misinformation out there, particularly when it comes to pediatric dentistry. Everyone from mommy bloggers to actual pediatricians have been known to recommend taking a child to see the dentist for the first time around age 3 or 4, and sometimes even later. However, this is actually a huge misconception.
According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), “In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.” No later than their first birthday is a far cry from 3 to 4 years old! What accounts for the discrepancy?
For one thing, many pediatricians accidentally give parents the wrong information. Doctors have been known to tell parents that children do not need to be seen by the dentist until they are 3 or 4. But additionally, there seems to be a shared assumption by both professionals and the general public that baby teeth do not matter as much as adult teeth, and therefore are not worth paying as much attention to. People seem to think that since baby teeth fall out, taking their child to the dentist is a waste of money!
But in reality, baby teeth are actually extremely important. The AAPD says , “Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready” to come in. Diseased, infected, or cavity-ridden baby teeth can also have a negative effect on the adult teeth waiting underneath them, and can even result in brand new adult teeth that already have cavities.
Lastly, many grown adults have severe fears or even phobias of the dentist. By taking a child to the dentist early and often, you can help them develop a positive relationship with their dental health care professionals and avoid developing an unnecessary fear that will effect them negatively later in life.
At Snodgrass King Dental, our special is pediatric dentistry—and we have an arsenal of tools to help your child have the most positive dental experience of their life. If you have a newborn, it is important to make them an appointment when their first tooth appears, and take them for regular checkups thereafter. Summer is a great time! Schedules are more flexible, and your six-month checkup will fall right around Winter break.
To schedule your baby’s first dentist appointment, call Snodgrass King Dental at (615) 771-1111 or visit our website at snodgrassking.com . Learn more about the AAPD’s recommendations for pediatric dental practices at aapd.org/resources .
Teeth Whitening at Snodgrass King Dental
Adults struggling with insecurity about the whiteness of their teeth have many options for how to address the problem—but which one is best? Laser treatments are available, but they are often prohibitively expensive. Over-the-counter drugstore strips are also ubiquitous, but how effective are they really? Those looking for safe, affordable and effective teeth whitening technology may find just what they are looking for at Snodgrass King Dental!
At our offices, we customize our teeth-whitening treatment to each and every individual—right down to the tray. Whereas store-bought whitening strips don’t always stay in place or cover every area of your teeth as opposed to your gums, our trays are molded to your mouth for an exact and precise fit that ensures complete coverage during the teeth whitening process. We use only Opalescence whitening products, a leader in the whitening industry for over 25 years and a company whose products have proven to be some of the most convenient and effective on the market. Our patients are able to use Opalescence products with their custom-fit trays in the comfort and privacy of their own home, with no expensive laser treatments and no lengthy office visits.
Whether or not teeth whitening of any kind is a good choice for you will depend on a multitude of factors—presence of crowns, false teeth, dental health history and more—and should be decided between you and your dentist. To schedule a consultation to find out if our teeth whitening services are right for you, call Snodgrass King Dental today. We also offer a Teeth Whitening For Life program for our existing patients who can earn free teeth whitening services on a permanent basis by getting regular cleanings and maintaining a zero balance on their account. Existing patients should ask if they qualify to save today!
For more information about Opalescence and the teeth whitening products that have been leading the industry for 25 years, visit their website at opalescence.com . Learn more about Snodgrass King Dental at snodgrassking.com or call (615) 771-1111 to speak to one of our specialists today.
Essential Dental Care for The Un- and Under-Insured
In this day and age, there are a variety of reasons why people choose to go without vital dental health services. Many are un- or underinsured since carrying dental insurance is not required in the United States, and still others have insurance but it does not cover enough for them to be able to regularly afford the services they need.
At Snodgrass King Dental , we recognize that this is a gaping and relatively unaddressed area of need in our community, which is why several years ago we decided to start doing something about it by hosting free dental care days at several of our locations at least once a year. This year’s free dental day was hosted on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at both our Mt. Juliet and Cool Springs locations.
This free dental day event focused specifically on pain relief for those struggling with acute conditions like cavities, extractions, crowns, fillings, and more. All in all, at both locations we served patients from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM and gave away well over $137,000 in essential dental services to the communities of Mt. Juliet , Cool Springs , and beyond. Our dentists were humbled by the grace and gratitude shown to us by the community, and we look forward to many more years of partnership and providing these services for those in our communities who need it most.
For those who may be in need of dental services in the greater Nashville area but find themselves unable to afford it—with or without insurance—there are still options available. Some dental organizations, especially in downtown Nashville , are able to offer reduced-price or income-based services; and many offices throughout Middle Tennessee offer free dental days similar to the ones offered by Snodgrass King Dental throughout the year. Facebook and local newspapers are important to watch for announcements of these promotions, as well as checking individual offices’ websites for more information.
Snodgrass King Dental also works with a third party payment processor that allows zero-interest payment plans for those who cannot pay for a service in full up-front. For more information about how to take full advantage of this program if you are in need of essential dental services and are un- or under-insured, give Snodgrass King Dental a call at (615) 771-1111 or visit our website at snodgrassking.com to learn more.
Snodgrass King Donates Dental Work to the Community
At Snodgrass King Dental , we know how important it is to give back to the community that has given us their loyalty, business, and trust. That is why, for the second year in a row, we will be hosting our Free Dental Day on February 27, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This Free Dental Day will be specifically targeted towards people who are experiencing dental pain or acute issues but cannot afford to get treatment.
There are a huge number of people in Nashville and the surrounding areas who are under or uninsured when it comes to dental services, and many of them will put off getting necessary and urgent services due to the financial strain.
Snodgrass King Dental never wants anyone to refuse to seek necessary dental services for financial reasons, which is why we are catering this Free Dental Day for those who need:
- chipped tooth repairs
- cavity diagnosis
- any other dental pain-related problem
We will begin seeing our first patients promptly at 7:00 AM, and the last patient will be taken at 3:00 PM. All of our dentists and dental assistants will be donating their time and efforts for this event in order to serve as many guests as possible.
We believe this is an important service to offer our community because we know that many are unable to afford basic dental services, either because they do not have dental insurance or because their insurance does not cover the work they need. We are so grateful to our community for all they have given us in the past, and we are proud and honored to be able to do something to give back in a way that tangibly benefits families in need.
Free Dental Day will be conducted on a first-come first-serve basis with no appointments taken, so be sure to arrive early for a spot in line. If you have any questions, please call (615) 771-1111 or visit our website at snodgrassking.com for more information.
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Teeth!
At the turn of every New Year, people everywhere make resolutions to help themselves live better and be happier in the coming twelve months. Resolutions often take the shape of physical or mental improvements, such as reading a book each month or going to the gym more often. But one area people often overlook is dental improvements. Here are a few dental resolutions for the New Year from Snodgrass King Dental to keep you happy, healthy, and smiling in 2016!
Make a commitment to see your dentist regularly. Adults should see the dentist for a cleaning and a checkup twice a year. Sadly, most adults neglect this, and many potential cavities are not detected until it is too late to stop them.
Brush and floss every single day. Most people do not have a problem remembering to brush their teeth every day, but flossing? That is another story. In fact, a huge number of people do not ever floss at all! Starting a flossing habit can definitely be uncomfortable at first, but after a few days your gums will become less sensitive and it will just become another part of your daily routine—as it should be!
Purchase and use a mouthwash containing fluoride. Fluoride is key when it comes to preventing the formation of cavities and cutting off the growth of cavities that are already beginning to form. Some mouthwash brands contain fluoride and some do not, so read your labels.
Treat dental pain promptly. If you have pain in your mouth, teeth, or gums, do not wait until it is an emergency to seek treatment. Be proactive with your dental health this year!
Consider adult orthodontics. If you have been considering adult orthodontics or have been struggling with insecurities about your teeth, make 2016 the year you take charge of your smile! Snodgrass King Dental offers corrective orthodontic services for adults that will leave you feeling happy, confident, and fabulous for years to come.
So as you make and strive to keep your New Year’s resolutions this year, remember your dental wellness and call Snodgrass King Dental! Find the office nearest you today and learn more at snodgrassking.com .
Snodgrass King Supports Local Non-Profit: The Journey Home Project
The Treats for Troops candy drive is finally at a close and over 3,300 pounds of candy was sent overseas to encourage our troops, as well us thousands of dollars invested back into the local school systems that we serve. However, Snodgrass King Dental knows that it is important to support not just the troops overseas, but also the troops here at home who are struggling to find a sense of normalcy once their time serving is done. That is why this year we are proud supporters of The Journey Home Project , a local non-profit out of Mt. Juliet, TN, that seeks to help soldiers with physical, medical, and psychological rehabilitation by connecting them with the best veterans services in Middle Tennessee and helping to compensate for government cutbacks.
The Journey Home Project was founded by Charlie Daniels, a Grammy award-winning country music legend. Aside from being an outstanding musician, Daniels has also dedicated his entire life and career to helping wounded and recovering vets in whatever way possible. Over the years, he has played dozens of fundraising concerts, been an integral part of efforts to send musical instruments to troops overseas, and so much more.
The Journey Home Project was birthed out of a series of concerts at Lipscomb University to raise money for their veterans’ scholarship fund, and it has been growing ever since. Last year, Daniels officially incorporated The Journey Home Project as a 501c3 non-profit, and we are proud to be in on the ground level of supporting such a wonderful and worthy organization that is dedicated to helping an often-overlooked group of very important people.
At the close of our Treats for Troops program this year, Dr. Snodgrass and Dr. King together presented Charlie Daniels with a check for $10,000 for The Journey Home Project, at a ceremony at the Snodgrass King Dental Mt. Juliet location.
We believe deeply in what Charlie Daniels and all of the fine people at The Journey Home Project are doing, and we look forward to being able to support them again next year and for many years to come.
More information about The Journey Home Project and all the services it offers veterans can be found on their website at www.thejourneyhomeproject.org. Learn more about Snodgrass King Dental at snodgrassking.com .
Treats for Troops Update
Just like last year, this year’s Treats for Troops event at Snodgrass King Dental was a smashing success. Each night of the program, nearly 300 students came to our various offices to drop off candy and take part in all of the fun and exciting activities, games, prizes, and snacks we had to offer—especially delicious pizza from Jet’s and Little Caesar’s !
Participating schools this year were West Elementary, Elzie Patton Elementary, Stoner Creek Elementary, Mt. Juliet Elementary, Rutland Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, W.A. Wright Elementary, Gladeville Elementary, Longview Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, and Marvin Wright Elementary.
All told, these schools brought in a combined total of 3,300 pounds of candy that will go directly to our troops overseas and brighten their spirits with a little taste of their favorite candies from home!
In terms of competition, Longview Elementary of Spring Hill came in first place at the single-night event at our Spring Hill location, donating 246 pounds of candy. Our Mt. Juliet location hosted four full nights of competition, each night pitting different schools against each other to see who would donate the most. The winners for each night were, in order, West Elementary, Mt. Juliet Elementary, and Rutland Elementary; but almost every school donated at least 100 pounds of candy each and most were over 200. Rutland Elementary brought in the most candy, totaling at a whopping 527 pounds! In the end on the last day, the overall prize went to West Elementary at the Mt. Juliet location, and to Longview Elementary at the Spring Hill location.
We are so proud of each and every school that participated in Treats for Troops this year and not only helped to bring joy to our troops overseas but also aided in the ongoing process of helping children build healthier dental habits for a lifetime. We look forward to participating in Treats for Troops again next year!
Snodgrass King Dental wishes all of our children and families well as we head into the busy holiday season. We stay hard at work keeping kids’ teeth clean and healthy all year round!
For more information about Snodgrass King Dental or to book your next appointment, call (615) 771-1111 or visit our website at snodgrassking.com .
Snodgrass King Supports Military and Dental Health with Treats for Troops
Halloween is just a few days away, and most kids are looking forward to bringing home bags and bags of sticky, sugary candy and hoarding it away for the months to come. However, parents and dentists alike dread this time of year due to the sustained sugar rush kids seem to be on for weeks at a time, not to mention the damage that can be done to dental health when consistently consuming huge quantities of refined and processed sugar.
This is why Snodgrass King Dental is once again participating in the Treats for Troops Candy Buy Back Program , a way to support our military and proper dental hygiene all at once. Here is how it works: kids from 11 different schools in Mt. Juliet and Spring Hill will bring in their Halloween candy to our local Snodgrass King offices to be donated to troops overseas as a way to give them a little pick-me-up and bring a smile to their face.
In exchange, Snodgrass King will be donating money back to each school in accordance with how many pounds of candy their students bring in. With a total of over 10,000 students represented, each of the 11 schools participating will have the opportunity to win money for their district, from $250 all the way up to $1,500!
Spring Hill’s Treats for Troops event will take place on Monday, November 2, 2015, and Mt. Juliet’s event will span the course of four days from Monday, November 2 to Thursday, November 5, 2015. Each event will feature plaques, pizza for those in attendance, and a raffle to win fabulous prizes.
Last year, Snodgrass King was able to send over 2,300 pounds of candy to troops overseas and invest over $4,000 back into local school systems. This year, we have set our sights even higher and hope to be able to send at least 4,000 pounds of candy to our troops and give back $6,000 or more to the schools that serve our community so well.
“Our mission for Treats for Troops is to give back to our schools, and bring a smile to a service member's face,” says Dr. David Snodgrass, head of Snodgrass King Dental. “At Snodgrass King, we believe it is important to express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people, and we know the schools and their students in Mt. Juliet and Spring Hill will aid us in this effort.”
More information about Snodgrass King’s Treats for Troops Candy Buy Back Program can be found at snodgrassking.com/treats-troops-mt-juliet and snodgrassking.com/treats-troops-spring-hill , or by calling (615) 771-1111.
Snodgrass King Dental Supports Sherry’s Run
At Snodgrass King Dental , we take our place in the community very seriously, and seek to support worthy charitable causes wherever and whenever we can. That is why we were so honored to participate in this year’s annual Lebanon-area 5k, Sherry’s Run!
Sherry’s Run is an annual 5k that has been happening every year in Lebanon for over a decade. Sherry’s Run is named after Sherry Patterson Whitaker, a local Tennesseean who died tragically of an aggressive form of colon cancer in 2004. In the wake of her passing, Sherry's friends and family organized a 5k in her honor to remember her legacy and help raise money to support families in the Lebanon area who are struggling financially because of the demands of medical treatment and recovery costs.
Lebanon is very close to Snodgrass King’s Mt. Juliet location, and over the years we have been proud to be a part of such a compassionate and caring community that would come together every year to support such a worthy cause. However, this year we decided to jump in with both feet and participate in Sherry’s Run in a major way!
Cancer research has always been a cause very dear to our hearts. Many of our own staff and employees have been personally affected by cancer. One member of our team, Lisa, lost her own 14-year-old son to cancer ten years ago. This year, in honor of her son as well as Sherry, Snodgrass King Dental put together a team of over 70 people comprised of staff, family and friends, and more. We called our team “Team Graden,” after Lisa’s son.
The annual Sherry’s Run took place on Saturday, September 12, 2015, and Team Graden finished with flying colors, raising over $1,400 for the cause! We were thrilled to participate in such a wonderful event and do our small part in fighting cancer, and we are already looking forward to next year’s Sherry’s Run.
More information about Sherry’s Run, including how to participate in the 5k and support their efforts throughout the year, can be found on their website at sherrysrun.org .
To keep up with Snodgrass King Dental and all of the things we are doing in the community, visit our website at snodgrassking.com .
Dr. Jason Answers Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
Recently, Dr. Jason, our Spring Hill orthodontic specialist, did a very informative presentation for the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce ’s monthly luncheon to address common dental questions from parents of young children. As proud members of the Spring Hill community and the Chamber of Commerce, we were honored to be able to present at this luncheon.
Almost everyone experiences some kind of dental trauma or crisis as a child, and many times, parents (especially first-time parents) are unsure of what to do or how to proceed when an accident occurs or a situation arises they had not anticipated. Take a look at the questions Dr. Jason answered:
#1: When should my child visit the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that babies receive their first dental appointment at the time of their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Healthy, lifelong dental habits are formed when children are very young, so it is important to introduce them to dental care as early as possible. Not only that, but early detection of various kinds of dental diseases is key for effective treatment!
#2: What is the purpose of fluoride?
There has been a lot of controversy over fluoride in the media over the years, and many people are confused about what it actually is and does. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that is applied professionally at your child’s biannual dentist appointment. It is also found in toothpaste and many communities’ water supplies for optimal and cost-effective fluoride exposure for all. For children under the age of 3, a tiny smear of toothpaste is appropriate for brushing; children ages 3-6 can use a pea-sized amount.
#3: What should I do if my child’s tooth fractures or is knocked out of their mouth?
This can be a scary situation for any parent, but fortunately a little quick thinking can minimize much of the damage resulting from a tooth being fractured or knocked out. If the tooth is a baby tooth and it is knocked out, there is little to worry about unless some other kind of injury was sustained in the process. A fracture of a baby tooth can either be treated by restoring the tooth synthetically or simply extracting it and waiting for the adult tooth to come in. However, if the tooth fractured or knocked out was an adult tooth, the situation can be riskier. For fractures, your dentist may be able to smooth over the jagged edge or restore it with potential root canal therapy. For complete expulsion, however, it is important to seek professional help immediately. The chances of saving the tooth increase greatly the quicker you get to the dentist.
Keeping your kids in good dental health can sometimes be an adventure, but Snodgrass King can make it easier. Give us a call today to book your child’s appointment. Numbers for each of our individual locations as well as more information about who we are can be found on our website at snodgrassking.com .
How to Prepare Your Young Child for The Dentist
It is perfectly normal for young children to have apprehension or uncertainty about new experiences, especially with going to the dentist. However, with the right attitudes and techniques, parents can do quite a bit to ease any existing anxiety and prevent new fears from developing.
Children should see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday, or whenever their first tooth comes in—whichever is sooner. By the time they reach the age of 4, many dental hygiene habits have already been formed, if not solidified, so laying the foundation for dental health before then is essential.
During the initial appointments for young children, the primary focus is prevention of future dental issues. We go over proper bottle-feeding and nursing techniques for parents of babies, and proper brushing and flossing techniques for parents of young toddlers. We offer guidance on pacifier usage and thumb sucking and how those habits can have an effect on potential orthodontic work in the future. We also show parents how to encourage their children to form positive associations with the dentist that will last a lifetime.
Our emphasis on dental work for small children has always been that the earlier you bring them in, the better. This way, when they do start to have issues that need addressing, they won’t experience fear or anxiety because they will already be used to going to the dentist. Instead of angst, they will expect to have a good time and feel better.
Parents can contribute greatly by remembering to talk about the dentist positively at all times, even if they themselves had a traumatic childhood experience. In terms of patient comfort and convenience, dentistry has come a very long way in the last couple of decades, and the horror stories about dentistry in the 70s and 80s are absolutely unheard of today. Still, many parents, remembering the dentist visits they were so afraid of as a child, unintentionally instill unnecessary dental anxiety into their own children.
It is important to help your child be at ease about going to the dentist. Do this by talking positively. It’s also helpful to role-play a dentistry scenario or two with them that will help them be able to emotionally prepare for the situation. Young children can also watch their parents’ appointments to see that mom and dad are not scared to go to the dentist, so they don’t need to be scared, either.
By the time our little patients reach the age of 4, we refer to them as “graduates.” This means that ideally, they have been seen by the dentist multiple times, and should be ready to go back to the hygiene and treatment areas all on their own. This sets the stage for a lifetime of good dental hygiene and positive experiences at the dentist.
However, we cannot do it alone! Parents are an essential piece of the dentistry puzzle, and at Snodgrass King Dental, we are passionate about education and empowering parents to help their kids be as healthy as possible. Setting good habits from the beginning, being a good role model, and having consistency are only the beginning.
If you have questions about how to help your child prepare for the dentist or if you’re looking for a dental practice that puts parents and children first, contact Snodgrass King Dental today at (615) 771-1111. More information about all of our five-star dental services can be found on our website at snodgrassking.com .
Snodgrass King Dental and Relay for Life!
Last month, Snodgrass King Dental had the extreme pleasure and honor of participating in the 2015 Wilson Mt. Juliet Relay for Life at Charlie Daniels Park. Relay for Life is an organization we believe in, and an event we have participated in at Snodgrass King Dental for the last three years, and hope to continue to do for years to come. Relay for Life is near and dear to all of our hearts, as we have had lives of friends and employees effected by cancer in recent years.
This year, the theme for Relay for Life was “Wish Upon a Cure,” which led to all kinds of fun and interactive Disney-themed booths, games, art and food. Our booth’s individual theme was “Tut Tut, There’s Hope for a Cure,” in honor of our favorite Winnie the Pooh. Our mascot, Chomp, was present and competed in the inaugural “Mascot Showdown” with lots of other area mascots. We also sold snow cones, popcorn, and Winnie the Pooh-themed art prints to raise money for the cause. In addition, everyone vending at Relay for Life has walkers as well, who participate as a team, constantly symbolizing the fact that cancer is a constant battle. We also took home the second place prize for most spirited team! In the end, we had a great time participating in raising money for an extremely worthy cause that is important, not just to our employees, but also to the community at large.
Cancer is a serious and devastating illness. But thanks to efforts from Relay for Life, and other charitable organizations around the country who are dedicated to the fight against it, a cure for many different types of cancer is closer than it has ever been.
Relay for Life events are held every year in hundreds of different locations around the country. If you are interested in donating or participating, please visit relayforlife.org . For more information about Snodgrass King Dental and our passion for helping our community, visit our website at snodgrassking.com .
Get Sealants to Ensure Your Child is Protected from Cavities
Summer is the busiest time of year at Snodgrass King Dental, as many parents choose to bring their children in during the warmer months for one of their bi-annual dental exams and cleanings, because of the schedule flexibility that comes when school lets out. This is a GREAT idea! If you have an appointment for your child coming up, or you are considering scheduling one, it is important to keep pediatric dental sealants in mind. We will help you find out if they could be a good solution for your child.
What are sealants? Sealants are a protective coating painted over your child’s back molars that work as an extra barrier to cavity formation. They are 100% safe and extremely effective when it comes to the fight against cavities, and will help tide your child over until they are older and able to brush their entire mouth correctly, every time. Sealants are placed on the molars because they represent specific problem areas where food tends to sit and cause decay if left untreated.
Sealants can be placed on your child’s teeth after his/her regularly scheduled dental cleaning, in a fast, painless procedure with no sedation or laughing gas. Your child will be done with the process in about thirty minutes. In addition, most insurance policies cover the procedure completely (though you will want to be sure and check with your provider). We almost always recommend pediatric dental sealants, so ask your child’s dentist about them for more information and to find out whether sealants would be a good choice for your child’s ongoing dental health.
For more on the services we offer and our commitment to great pediatric dental care, visit our website at snodgrassking.com or call (615) 771-1111 today!
At Snodgrass-King Dental, we are passionate about helping children and families prevent cavities and gum disease through education about proper dental care and nutrition. That’s why we periodically conduct “Chomp-Bites” events in local elementary schools to talk to parents about what they put in their kids’ snacks and lunch boxes.
The biggest way to cut back on childhood cavities and tooth decay is to watch the sugar! Sticky snacks like fruit rollups and fruit juice contain a lot of sugar, and while fruit juice itself is healthy, when it sits on your child’s teeth for hours a day at school, it can lead to cavities quickly. Juice and snacks with high amounts of sugar should be limited and eaten when your child can brush his or her teeth directly afterwards. Good, healthy alternatives to sugary snacks include pretzels, carrots, celery, cheese and crackers, hummus and pita chips, bagels and cream cheese, and so much more. The sky is the limit! If your child loves fruit, consider substituting juice or fruit chews with an actual whole piece of fruit—apples in particular are good because they act as a natural floss.
And as always, practice good dental hygiene habits with your child. Brush, floss, and use a fluoride rinse every single day, and teach your child how to reach all of their teeth, even the back ones, with their brush. With younger children, do a “sugar bug” check by sweeping your child’s mouth with their brush after they are done brushing themselves—this ensures that all spaces are reached.
If you have questions about how to help your child build healthy dental habits for a lifetime, visit our website at http://www.snodgrassking.com or give us a call at (615) 771-1111 today!
SnodgrassKing Gives Away $200,000 worth Of Treatment
Nashville, TN – Thanks to the doctors and staff at SnodgrassKing Dental, over 500 Middle Tennesseans received free dental treatment this past Saturday, February 21 st .
Four of the five SnodgrassKing offices were open Saturday from 7am-5:30pm. Each office saw over 100 patients, and the practice gave away over $200,000 in free dental services.
“Some of the people that we treated drove over 3.5 hours just to get our office. Then, the lines were so long, and their suffering so great, that they had to patiently wait in the waiting room from 7am until 4pm in many cases,” said Dr. Snodgrass, CEO of SnodgrassKing
Due to the overwhelming response of people in pain and need, SnodgrassKing expects to host another Free Dental Day in the future.
“Everyone we saw was so appreciative of our services. It was quite a humbling experience.” says Dr. Snodgrass, “In thinking about this day, our staff and our doctors thought that we would be blessing and reliving pain of a lot of Middle Tennesseans. Instead we were the ones blessed,”
Since 1987, SnodgrassKing Dental Associates has been in the business of changing lives, one smile at a time. With nearly 100 years of combined dental experience, the staff and dentists at SnodgrassKing serve middle Tennessee with one goal in mind – excellence. They have highly skilled specialists in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Oral Surgery. SnodgrassKing has five offices located in Cool Springs, Hermitage, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill, and Mt. Juliet. SnodgrassKing.com provides many resources for families from their first visit to the dentist office to safety tips and general oral health.
For more information on SnodgrassKing Pediatric Dental Associates visit their website at SnodgrassKing.com .
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You are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment! Today, adults make up about 30% of orthodontic patients, and here’s why:
Looking Good: Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you’ve been self-conscious about for years. It can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile.
Maintaining Dental Health: Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces and difficulty in chewing. Orthodontic treatment can help you keep good dental health.
Why is Orthodontic Treatment Important for Adults?
- Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
- Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
- Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
- Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
- Improves function of teeth
- Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
- Improves oral health
Is Orthodontic Treatment Effective for Adults?
Yes. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as for children. Orthodontic forces move teeth in the same way for both adults and children. However, the major difference between child and adult orthodontic treatment is that adult bones are no longer growing. This means that it may take a little longer for adult teeth to move into their correct position.
Do Appliances Have to Show?
Many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today’s braces are smaller and sleeker, and some are next to invisible. Adolescents and adults have more choices than ever in creating a beautiful smile. From traditional braces, to “invisible” braces the number of effective and cosmetically pleasing treatment options is growing all the time.
Am I a Good Fit for Orthodontic Treatment?
During your consultation, your orthodontist at Snodgrass-King can determine if you will benefit from treatment. After carefully analyzing the nature of your needed correction, your orthodontist will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile.
When is it Appropriate for My Child to Have An Orthodontic Evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven, because this is the age when the six year molars have usually erupted. At this time, crowding and skeletal problems can be accurately diagnosed and planned for treatment. Traditional orthodontic treatment (braces) may or may not be necessary, but clinical evidence of crowding, an underbite, an overjet, an overbite; or a crossbite can best be evaluated and possibly treated at this age. When most people think of braces, they think of teenagers wearing traditional orthodontic brackets (braces) and wires. They don’t think of early preventive intervention. Below is a list of reasons for your child to get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner than later:
- To move protruding front teeth back so they will be less susceptible to traumatic injury, i.e. sports, bats, balls, bikes, boards, etc. etc.
- To improve the relationship between the positions of the upper and lower jaws allowing more normal future growth and development.
- To take maximum advantage of growth by orthopedically correcting skeletal problems, i.e. narrow dental arches, underbites, overbites, etc.
- To eliminate or reduce the need for extractions of permanent teeth so that these take can take a more normal eruption path into the mouth.
- To correct harmful oral habits, such as mouth-breathing and finger-sucking.
- To properly guide the growth and development of the jaws preventing abnormal changes to the developing temporomandibular joints.
How to Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit a Success
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children visit a pediatric dentist between 6 months and one year of age. It’s very important that every child and their parent be, not only told, but shown how to care for the erupting teeth. Topics to be discussed include ( a.) proper bottle feeding and nursing techniques ( b.) proper brushing techniques, i.e. what toothbrush to use and how to use it; how much toothpaste and what kind of toothpaste to use (c.) proper flossing techniques and type of floss best for children (d.) when and how to encourage your child to stop taking a pacifier or using their thumb or finger for comfort.
Tip #1 – Choose a pediatric dentist.
Pediatric dentists are to dentistry what pediatricians are to medicine. Pediatric dentistry is one of eight recognized dental specialties. Only the top 10% of dentists obtaining a four year dental degree are accepted into the dental specialty programs.Pediatric dentists must train an additional two years at an accredited pediatric dental program in order to receive a graduate certificate in pediatric dentistry. Typically, pediatric dental programs are only offered at some of the top U.S. children’s hospitalsor top U.S. dental training institutions.
Tip #2 – Know when it is appropriate to take your child to their first appointment.
The AAPD, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that a pediatric dentist see your child for their first visit between 6 mo. and one year of age.
Tip #3 – Know what to expect for the 6 month to 12 month old infant and/or the one to three year old child.
It’s important for you to understand what will happen during the first visit, so you can prepare. The pediatric dentist will:a. do a gentle but thorough examination of the erupting and/or erupted teeth.b. check the child’s gums, bite, and other oral tissues.c. do a gentle polishing of the teeth to remove any developing plaque, stains, or tartar buildup.d. demonstrate the most effective home brushing techniquese. thoroughly discuss bottle feeding, breast feeding, pacifiers, finger habits, etc. etc.
Tip #4 – Know what to expect for the four year old.Around the age of four children become much more trusting of their environment. The Pediatric dentist, their office, and their staff are trained in techniques to make your child feel comfortable in a dental environment. The office’s bright colors, game rooms, etc. provide the correct environment. The pediatric dentist and the staff is trained in child psychology. To better prepare for your first visit, we recommend you take the time to educate your child on what to expect. Try role playing! This is a great way for them to understand what the doctor will do during the visit and what questions might be asked.
Tip #5 – Stay calm and reassuring.Young children are very perceptive, if your child sees you getting worried or anxious about the visit, he or she will follow. So try to stay calm, and reassuring. Regardless of your own past experiences or how you feel about the dentist now, make it a positive time for your kids. Try to avoid talking about pain or discomfort and emphasize how healthy their teeth and their smile will be afterward.
5 Ways to Survive Baby Teething:
1) Understand the symptoms: Teething begins at 6-8 months, and unfortunately not everyone’s symptoms are the same. Be on the lookout for the following: Drooling, irritability, difficulty sleeping, grabbing ears, biting/chewing/sucking, turning away food, etc. Be careful not to blame teething for other symptoms such as diarrhea, runny nose, temperature, etc. If these symptoms last longer than 24 hours, contact your pediatrician.
2) Apply gentle pressure: The teeth don’t simply erupt, they twist and shift their way into the gums, causing much discomfort. Use wet washcloths, gauze, or clean fingers to massage the gums, this will help relieve some of the discomfort.
3) Numb the gums: Look for teething rings that you can chill or freeze. Or an easy home remedy is suing a wet frozen dishtowel. This is great for the baby to gnaw on. Frozen foods such as bananas, carrots, Popsicles, will also work.
4) Try to stay on a regular sleep/nap schedule. Most teethers have a hard time sleeping through the pain. To keep their sleep schedule regular use pain relievers such as Tylenol, Motrin and Advil. Please be sure to follow the package dosing instructions.
5) Protect their skin. Babies tend to drool while teething — to prevent face rashes, be sure to protect their chins using mild ointment before and during these drooling spells.
Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates
With nearly 100 years of combined dental practice, the staff at Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates in Franklin serve middle Tennessee with one goal in mind excellence. Founded by Franklin pediatric dentists Dr. David Snodgrass and Dr. John T. King, Snodgrass-King offers exceptional service, experience, and convenience.
Franklin’s Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates offers a tremendous atmosphere for a first time visitor. When entering the Franklin office of Snodgrass-King, a child experiences something above and beyond the characteristic pediatric dentist’s office. From the ability to watch movies during teeth cleanings, to playing video games, to potentially meeting Chomp the alligator mascot, Snodgrass-King of Franklin offers something unique and fun for visiting children.
Franklin pediatric dentist co-founder, Dr. David Snodgrass, has published several articles in orthodontic and pediatric journals. In addition, he serves as a part-time clinical professor at Vanderbilt University working with future pediatric dentists. Dr. Snodgrass is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the International Association of Orthodontics, and the American Orthodontic Society. He also is a recognized lecturer, and mentors other pediatric dentists from Franklin.
Co-founder, Dr. John T. King, a Franklin native, enjoys his work with fellow pediatric dentists at Snodgrass-King. Dr. King has achieved Diplomat Board Certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Working with the founding pediatric dentists in the Franklin and surrounding areas is Dr. Robin Hobbs. Dr. Hobbs received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Prairie View A&M University in 2005 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College in 2010. Dr. Hobbs then went on to complete her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in June of 2012. Professional memberships include the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. David Snodgrass and Dr. John King, along with other Franklin pediatric dentists, have volunteered their expertise in Haiti and the Dominican Republic since 2007, as well as donated used dental equipment to clinics in the region. During a recent trip, the Franklin dentists helped over 300 patients. From Franklin to the far reaches of Haiti, the pediatric dentists of Snodgrass-King are dedicated to serve with heart and excellence.
The highly skilled pediatric dentists at Snodgrass-King of Franklin provide general, specialty, pediatric, and orthodontic dental work. The Franklin based pediatric dentists also perform cosmetic and oral and maxillofacial specialties. Our company website provides many resources for families from their first visit to the dentist office, to safety tips, to general oral health. Additional Snodgrass-King offices are located in Cool Springs, Spring Hill, Hermitage, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet.
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