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September 8, 2020
You didn’t want to believe it at first, but it happened again. Your gums started bleeding while you were brushing your teeth.
That’s not what you were expecting, but the evidence is obvious when you look in the mirror or the sink. That bleeding is a sign that you have developed gum disease. It’s usually a clue that you haven’t been flossing as much as you should, too.
Periodontal problems are much more common than most people realize and more common than they need to be. Since National Flossing Day is the day after Thanksgiving, we thought this would be a good time to remind you of the benefits of a good oral health routine, including regular visits to River Oaks Dental in Jacksonville, FL. If you haven’t scheduled your next dental checkup already, call 904-348-0416 today to make your appointment with us.
Preventive dentistry is the foundation of our practice. While we have the training and the experience to help you repair and replace teeth, we would much rather help you keep your smile complete for as long as possible.
That’s why preventing gum disease is a great idea. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. According to the most conservative estimates, 7 in 10 people will develop gum disease during their lives. The Centers for Disease Control recently reported that nearly half of Americans 30 years and older have some form of advanced gum disease.
On top of this, your odds of developing infected gums only increase as you get older.
Following the American Dental Association’s recommendation for oral care can go a long way toward helping you avoid the consequences of periodontal disease. Brushing twice per day and flossing every day play a vital role in removing harmful bacteria, plaque, and food particles from your mouth.
The ADA also recommends regular professional cleanings and exams. When you visit us in Jacksonville, a member of our team will remove plaque and tartar buildup. Plus, we will take a close look at your mouth for signs of gum infections. If we find anything, we can advise you on the best way to treat your infection before it leads to bigger problems.
Ideally, your gums will look pink and feel firm. In the early stages of gum disease (called gingivitis), your gum tissue may look red or swollen. This also is when bleeding is common when you brush or floss your teeth. Again, this may be a clue that you should be flossing more frequently.
In the advanced stage of gum disease (known as periodontitis), your symptoms will be more apparent. Your gums may bleed easily. You could have a pimple-like bump on your gums, and your gums might be receding or separating from your teeth. Constant bad breath is another clue that something is wrong, and if your teeth begin to feel loose, that is a sign of serious trouble.
It’s also possible that your gums will feel tender or sore, but it’s worth pointing out that many people never feel pain as a result of infected gums. Gums affected by periodontal disease can be treated at River Oaks Dental non-surgically with Periodontal Therapy, including SRP (scaling and root planing, or a deep cleaning) and antibiotic therapy.
If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment at River Oaks Dental as soon as you are able. Don’t wait. Call 904-348-0416 today!
If you’ve been to the movies, you’ve seen them. You have probably seen them on television, too, and in celebrity magazines.
They are “Hollywood” smiles … and like many things we see on screens big and small, they are creations. Yes, some people who have great smiles get them naturally, but more often than most people realize, great-looking teeth are the result of cosmetic dentistry.
One of the most effective ways of creating such a smile is by getting dental veneers. This is one of our most popular services at River Oaks Dental. When you see the results, you will understand why.
To discover what veneers could do for you, schedule a consultation at our Jacksonville, FL dentist office. Call 904-348-0416 today!
You may be thinking that your smile isn’t as important in your life as the smile of someone who makes their living in front of a camera. Well, to us, your teeth are just as important. And in today’s world of Face-Time and Zoom calls, your teeth are on display even more prominently and in high-definition. People are looking!
Besides, you don’t have to be famous for your smile to affect your career.
When you like your smile, it can give you a boost of confidence. This can help you feel less self-conscious when going to a job interview or meeting a customer to discuss a sale. Either way, when you aren’t worried about the appearance of your teeth, you can focus on getting the job done.
When you have nice teeth, it can change how other people perceive you as well. Researchers have found that strangers do have better first impressions of people with attractive smiles. According to those studies, people with nice smiles are seen as friendlier, more intelligent, and more trustworthy. And all of those things matter, regardless of what you do for a living.
Veneers are popular because they can do so many things.
If you have stained or discolored teeth, you can get veneers to restore your bright smile. Veneers also are more stain-resistant than natural teeth, which can help you maintain your white smile longer.
If you have more space between your teeth than you would like, veneers can close those gaps. If you have crooked teeth, veneers can be used to conceal them so your smile looks straight and evenly spaced.
Our veneers also can restore teeth that have been damaged. Broken, chipped, cracked, and worn-down teeth can look as good as new with veneers.
At our office, we use porcelain veneers because they look like natural teeth, and they are durable. With proper care, veneers can last a decade or longer.
As versatile as dental veneers can be, we can do anything for you unless you come to see our team at River Oaks Dental. In a matter of weeks, you could be looking at the smile you have dreamed of having. Then, you can feel confident about sharing your smile at a social event or in a social media post.