Meet our Staff

Behind any good dental practice is a great staff and at Brogdon Dental we have some of the best people that are here to help you.

One of our most important people is our Financial Coordinator, Tina Davidson.  Tina has been with our office over 18 years and helps to keep everything running smoothly.  She is our go to girl for all things financial.

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Here is a little that she has to say about working for Brogdon Dental.

My name is Tina Davidson. I have been with Dr. Brogdon’s office since 2000. I totally love my job. We have a great family of patients of which I look forward to seeing on their visits. Our office has such a warm atmosphere, it’s not like going to the dentist at all. We use a team approach in taking care of our patients and come together to teach and educate the patient in the role oral health plays in our overall health. My position as financial coordinator allows me to work with our patients on an individual basis to get the best benefit from their insurance company and other financial establishments for needed dental care. We try to make it easy for our patients, after all they are part of our family!

Give us a call at 423-870-5698 and let Tina work with you to get you the best care possible.

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Meet the Dentist

Dr. Joseph B. Brogdon has trained with some of the most prominent cosmetic dentists available.  Rapidly becoming known as Chattanooga’s leading cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brogdon has the experience, knowledge, and expertise in the field of cosmetic dentistry that is nothing short of the very best. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Dr. Brogdon has participated in extensive continuing education in general dentistry, implants, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and endodontics at the University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, University of Missouri, University of Pittsburgh and the Misch Implant Institute.

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Dr. Brogdon holds memberships in the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Chattanooga Area Dental Society, The Tennessee Valley Dental Study Group, The Academy of Computerized Dentistry, The American Orthodontic Society, Fellow of the Misch Implant Institute, Las Vegas Institute and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

All our patients agree. Dr Brogdon is the Best!  Call today to schedule your appointment.

Kids and their Teeth

When can you expect your baby’s teeth to first come in?  Generally, the first teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6 months of age.  These are the two bottom front teeth. Then you can expect to see the top four front teeth.  The rest of the teeth (20 at this time will fill in until your child is around 2 -3 years old.

According to WebMD here are some more facts about your baby and their teeth:

  • A general rule of thumb is that for every 6 months of life, approximately 4 teeth will erupt.
  • Girls generally precede boys in tooth eruption.
  • Lower teeth usually erupt before upper teeth.
  • Teeth in both jaws usually erupt in pairs — one on the right and one on the left.
  • Primary teeth are smaller in size and whiter in color than the permanent teeth that will follow.
  • By the time a child is 2 to 3 years of age, all primary teeth should have erupted.

By the ages of 6 and 12, a mixture of both primary teeth and permanent teeth will be in their mouth.

Even though they will only have their baby teeth for a short time, they serve an important purpose in your child’s dental development. Baby teeth…

  • Reserve space for their permanent counterparts
  • Give the face its normal appearance.
  • Aid in the development of clear speech.
  • Help attain good nutrition (missing or decayed teeth make it difficult to chew, causing children to reject foods)
  • Help give a healthy start to the permanent teeth (decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them).

It’s important to set up a dental appointment soon after their teeth start coming in.  Call us today. 423-870-5698. Your kids will love it!

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Calcium and your Teeth

pexels-photo-236010.jpegI know many will remember your Mom saying to you “Drink your milk, it’s helps you build strong bones”… But what about your teeth? Will milk help them as well?  Calcium is one of the most important nutrients to help keep your teeth healthy.

The American Dental Association recommends that the average adult consume between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of calcium on a daily basis to maintain optimum tooth and enamel health. Consuming a diet high in calcium helps to fortify enamel, so teeth are less likely to break.

So what foods are a good source of calcium?

  • Leafy Greens such as spinach or turnip greens contain over 250 mg per cup.
  • Canned Fish are high in calcium especially if the soft bones are included.
  • Fortified Cereals, especially those containing almonds.
  • Tofu,  just a half cup of tofu contains 253 mg of calcium. Remember, it takes on the flavor of whatever you’re cooking.
  • Orange Juice that is calcium fortified. Although it may be acidic, can give you your daily requirement of calcium.

Remember these foods and add some calcium in your diet. Not only is it good for your bones but your teeth as well.

 

March National Nutrition Month

When it comes to proper nutrition, every thing you eat counts. That’s why it’s important to look at all the things you eat to determine if it’s good or bad for your teeth.

Your mouth, teeth and gums, used in chewing and swallowing, are the first steps in the digestion process. This begins the process of delivering nutrients into the body. In addition, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth.

Begin now learning to eat a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the nutrients needed for good health and wellness. If your body is low in the proper nutrients,  you may have a hard time fighting infections. A poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Carbohydrates, sugars and starches help produce plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel, destroying teeth. Also, too much of these can lead to diabetes, heart disease, or even stroke.  Remember to read the labels on every food you purchase.

In order to maintain a balanced diet, try to eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups. Stay away from empty calorie foods and those high in sugar.  Choose a healthy stack such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, almonds, or a piece of fruit.

Remember to watch what you eat and call us twice a year for your dental check up.

 

Children and Teeth

So when do your baby teeth come in? Surprisingly your teeth begin forming before you are born. The first baby tooth can appear through the gums as early as four months. All 20 of the primary teeth usually appear by age three. By the time you are six, your permanent teeth should begin to appear.  At age 21 you should have all your permanent teeth.

According to oralb.com here are some problems to look for in the development of your child’s teeth and how to address them:

Baby Teeth Problems

  • Baby Bottle Tooth Decay:  To avoid this common problem, wipe gums with gauze or a clean washcloth and water after feeding. When teeth appear, brush daily with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Also remember to put the child to bed with a bottle of water instead of milk or juice.
  • Thumb Sucking:  The catchall term for the various oral sucking habits of children is “non-nutritive sucking.” This includes thumb or finger sucking and the use of pacifiers. Most contemporary pediatric health providers agree that these habits have important formative and nurturing functions and, at least for the first few years of life (up until about age four), should be ignored. There is, however, universal agreement that sucking should cease before permanent teeth begin to appear. Consult your dentist on your child’s sucking habits.
  • White Spots on Teeth:  As soon as the first tooth appears, usually at about six months, begin cleaning your child’s teeth daily and schedule a dental appointment.

If your toddler has never been to the dentist, have them sit in your lap during the exam to make them feel more at ease.  If you make this visit a family routine, your child will look forward to their dental visits.

At Brogdon Dental we want your child to feel comfortable in order to create an atmosphere for a life long experience. Call us today to set up your first appointment.

February Heart Month

Since February is known as Heart Month is there a relationship between your oral health and your heart health?

Heart Disease is defined as cardiovascular disease, and occurs when blood vessels either narrow or become completely blocked, a condition that can lead to a heart attack, stroke or chest pain.  So what does this have to do with your Oral Health?

Recent studies show that if you have gum disease in a moderate or advanced stage, you’re at greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums.

According to colgate.com, patients with chronic gum conditions such as gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease have the highest risk for heart disease caused by poor oral health, particularly if it remains undiagnosed and unmanaged. The bacteria that are associated with gum infection are in the mouth and can enter the blood stream, where they attach to the blood vessels and increase your risk to cardiovascular disease. 

So what should you do? Regular dental exams and good oral hygiene are two ways to protect yourself against developing gum disease. Visit our office at Brogdon Dental for regular professional teeth cleanings.  We want to keep your heart and your smile healthy as well as beautiful!