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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.
August 20, 2020
With classes starting again at local schools, we know that the start of the fall sports season will be here soon. For that matter, winter sports will be practicing before we know it, too.
That’s makes this a good time to remind athletes of all ages to play hard and play safe. After all, we want you to keep your winning smiles long after you leave the field or the court.
Each year, an estimated 3 million teeth are injured during youth sports, according to the American Dental Association. The two sports that cause the most dental injuries might not be the two you expect, either. Basketball and baseball are the sports cause the most dental problems for youth, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Both of those organizations and other professional dental groups recommend that anyone who plays a high-impact sport should wear a mouthguard for practices and competitions.
Some of these sports, such as football, already require protection mouthguards. (This is also why they report fewer dental injuries than other sports.)
So, who should be wearing mouthguards? If your sports involves changing speeds or directions, jumping, physical contact with other players, throwing or catching objects, or any combination of those things, then you are playing a high-impact sport.
Injuries can be the result of collisions between participants, being hit with a ball or other object, or a fall. Having a mouthguard is like wearing a seat belt in your family car. It won’t stop an accident from happening, but it can minimize the damage if something does happen.
The kind of mouthguard you wear makes a difference, too.
Stock mouthguards can be uncomfortable to wear. They come in standards sizes, which may or may not match the shape and size of your mouth.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are found in many stores. These are a step up from stock mouthguards. However, they can be bulky. This can make them uncomfortable as well. These can interfere with your ability to speak, and some people find breathing can be difficult because of the size of these mouthguards.
At our Jacksonville office, you and your loved ones can get custom-fitted mouthguards. These offer better protection (much like a five-point harness offers better protection than the standard seat belt in a family vehicle) than the boil-and-bite style.
Since these are smaller, you can speak, breathe, and drink without having to remove the mouthguard. They are also more comfortable, which means you are more likely to wear it when you take the field.
Sports should be enjoyable to play. Wearing the right protective gear — including athletic mouthguards — makes it more likely you’ll be able to keep playing for a long time.
PLAN A DENTAL CLEANING FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
August 6, 2020
If you haven’t already done so, you’ll probably be gathering supplies for school in the days ahead. While you are getting paper and pens, notebooks and art supplies, backpacks and new outfits, we recommend you schedule a dental exam at our office.
It may not seem like it at first, but a healthy smile can make a difference in how your child performs in the classroom. We aren’t saying nice teeth will guarantee good grades, but poor oral health can distract a child who should be focused on that day’s lesson or completing a task.
By bringing your family to River Oaks Dental for a back-to-school checkup, you can avoid those distractions and give your children a better opportunity for success in the classroom. Call 904-348-0416 to plan your visit to our Jacksonville, FL family dentist office.
PROTECT YOUR FAVORITE SMILES
Children’s dentistry is an integral part of what we do every day. From the time your youngsters get their first teeth, we want to help you encourage healthy habits to maintain their smiles.
This starts at home with a consistent daily routine. We suggest following the American Dental Association’s recommendations. That means brushing and flossing daily.
To be more specific, it means brushing twice daily for two minutes each time. Using toothpaste with fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush, clean your teeth on all sides. Then, once per day, use dental floss or a water flosser to remove bacteria, plaque, and food particles from between your teeth and gums.
The ADA also recommends regular professional dental cleanings and exams. None of us brush and floss exactly like we should every time. A professional checkup gives our team a chance to remove plaque and tartar buildup. At the same time, we can find cavities and gum infections as well. And we would much rather find these problems today than for you to get a call from your kid’s school reporting that they have been complaining of a toothache.
To take things a step further (a little “extra credit”), you can get fluoride treatments and dental sealants for your family. Fluoride is a mineral that makes teeth stronger. Dental sealants coat teeth to create a barrier between them and cavity-causing bacteria. Either or both will reduce your family’s risk of tooth decay.
EDUCATION & ORAL HEALTH
The Children’s Dental Health Project has put together a page of information related to the effects of oral health on education. Here are a few highlights:
• In a national survey, 14 percent of children 6 to 12 years old reported having a toothache in the previous six months.
SMILES FOR SUCCESS
We won’t promise that a dental cleaning will turn your child into the next valedictorian. However, we have seen that poor oral health can be an obstacle to success in school. Don’t let that become an issue for your kids.
Coffee, desserts, pizza and pasta, soft drinks, tea, tobacco, wine …
All of those things and many, many more foods and beverages add to the stains on your smile. In reality, it’s almost inevitable that your teeth will become yellower or darker as you get older.
This could explain why professional teeth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic services at River Oaks Dental.
If you live in or near Jacksonville, FL, let us give you a new reason to smile. Call 904-348-0416 to schedule an appointment with our team.
You can walk into almost any grocery or retail store, head to the toothpaste aisle, and find dozens of self-proclaimed “whitening” products. It’s worth mentioning that the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has looked at what different whitening products do. They found a few things worth noting:
Professional products use the same bleaching ingredients as over-the-counter products, just in a higher concentration.
Before you use any whitening product with a bleaching agent, the ADA also recommends talking to a dentist. When misused (and overused), whitening products can cause irritation to the soft tissue of the mouth. At the same time, if you have dental restorations or untreated cavities, whitening may not have the desired effects.
If you are a good candidate for professional whitening, we offer two options at our Jacksonville, FL dentist office.
Our in-office whitening can make a difference in your smile in a single appointment. You should be aware that this is our stronger whitening product. With that in mind, we will start by protecting your cheeks, gums, and lips. While the whitening product is working, you’ll be able to sit back and watch a movie on one of our overhead televisions. When we’re done, you can see a change. The results can last up to a year depending on your diet and your home care routine.
While many patients want to make a change as quickly as possible, other people prefer the convenience of our take-home whitening. For people who have sensitive teeth, this product can be more comfortable than our in-office whitening. At the same time, the custom whitening trays and stronger-than-store-bought gel can get your teeth looking like you want in a few weeks.
One last thing: If you aren’t a good candidate for teeth whitening, we do have other ways of giving you a brighter smile. Dental veneers can cover your healthy but stained teeth to restore your white smile.
You can restore your smile and the confidence that comes with have beautiful teeth. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Monteiro at River Oaks Dental soon. Call 904-348-0416 today to make your appointment.