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What's happening at Hagan Dentistry?

2019 has been a busy year at Hagan Dentsitry. We have repainted and redecorated the office, complete with artwork from The Iron Works in Kingsport. Come by and see it if it's been a while since you've stopped in.

The whole office also attended the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta in the spring. This is the largest dental meeting in the southeast. We were able to attend some great continuing education seminars that were led by some of the best dental educators in the world. There was also a huge vendor showroom that displayed all the latest and greatest innovations in dentistry. As you can see in the photo, we also ...

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Hagan Dentistry attended the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, GA

Hinman Dental Meeting | Atlanta, GA | Hagan Dentistry

In March, Dr. Hagan and the staff from Hagan Dentistry attended the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The Hinman meeting is one of the largest dental meetings in the country with speakers coming to discuss the latest in new dental technology and techniques. Hagan Dentistry is proud to learn from the best researchers and clinicians in the country and to bring that information back to improve the care our patients receive in Kingsport. As you can see, we also like to have fun. We got to tour the Georgia Aquarium at night for a special event. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot during our trip. 

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Protecting Your Oral Health as You Age

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When it comes to your teeth and gums, the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be truer. Preventing tooth decay and gum disease starts as early as infancy, but knowing other common dental problems as you age, along with family dentistry in Kingsport, TN, is just as important.

Here’s how you can protect your oral health into your senior years:

Replace Missing Teeth

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, but you can also lose a tooth due to poor nutrition and oral hygiene. No one wants to think about losing a tooth, but car accidents, falls, and sports injuries do happen too!

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What type of education do dentists receive?

In the US, all dentists must receive a doctorate degree. This typically requires 8 years after high school graduation. Most dentists receive a bachelor’s degree in college, often in a science-related field, as dental schools require entering students to have completed extensive coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. I attended Furman University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

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Attending Dental School

Then dental school is an additional 4-year program. Most programs are full-time and year round. The first two years of the program are full of courses ...

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Options with Dental Implants

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Dental implants are one of the greatest technological advances that we have in dentistry. Dental implants are basically titanium tooth roots, and are based on the same science and technology as joint replacements. In fact, some companies that manufacture dental implants also make joint replacements.

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Replace Missing Teeth

One of the chief ways that we use dental implants is to replace a single missing tooth. In the past, the go-to method to replace a single tooth would be what’s called a fixed partial denture or “bridge”. In order to make a bridge, you have to have a tooth present ...

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Dentistry for Senior Adults

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Children’s dental care receives a lot of attention at school and on TV programming. It is definitely important to teach kids about dental care and help them establish healthy habits early in life. However, far less attention is placed on dental care for senior adults. There are unique challenges that some senior adults experience that make dental education extremely important for this population.

Common Concerns

A common problem we see in our practice that can be devastating to the teeth of senior adults is dry mouth, or xerostomia as it is known in the scientific literature. This is where the body produces an inadequate ...

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What causes tooth sensitivity?

Diagram of Tooth Anatomy

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Most of us experience tooth sensitivity at some point in our lives. Fortunately, for many of us, the sensitivity resolves all on its own. However, others experience prolonged, continuous tooth sensitivity.

Before I discuss common causes of sensitivity, here is a quick and basic tooth anatomy lesson. The white part of the tooth that is above the gum line is covered with a substance called enamel. Enamel acts as an insulator to the inside of the tooth. Meanwhile, the inner layer of the tooth is called dentin. There are cells in the dentin that connect directly to the nerve on the inside of the tooth. These cells are ...

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