Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is some essential news from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville: gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is connected to heart disease. Fortunately, gum disease is easy to treat if it is found in the early stages.

What warning signs should you be looking for?

  1. Gums that bleed often
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

We hope you are not experiencing any of these issues. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not adequate—make sure you floss daily.

Regular check-ups are another essential weapon in the fight against gum disease.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Have a buy schedule? We offer extended evening and Saturday hours. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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A wise person once said that everyone wants a long life, but no one wants to get old. Yet it happens. While some challenges that come with aging can’t be avoided, others can. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we help patients of all ages with their dental health issues.

Many dental problems common among retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

Some people think losing their teeth as they age is inevitable. It isn’t. With a proper dental health routine at home and regular cleanings and checkups in our office (just like you’ve always done, we hope) your teeth can last a lifetime.

But the mouth does undergo changes as we age. The nerves in teeth may get smaller, to the point where teeth are not as sensitive to cavities and other issues. That means you may not feel as much tooth pain from a cavity as you once did. Regular checkups become that much more important.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want to see all our patients in for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Dental health is important, no matter your age! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we see more cavities in our patients than we would like to. Cavities are far too common in the United States, and there is a tendency to consider them inevitable.

Cavities happen when certain types of bacteria produce acids in the mouth. These acids destroy the enamel of a tooth, as well as its underlying dentin. Holes in the enamel are cavities.

If you’ve got a toothache or new sensitivity in your teeth, or if it hurts when you chew, then you may have a cavity. Call our office so we can get it filled.

Prevent Cavities

To keep your teeth from developing new cavities, we recommend the following three things:

  • Strengthen your teeth’s defenses with fluoride. Most municipal water supplies contain fluoride. Also, make sure it’s in your toothpaste. Not all toothpastes have it.
  • Get dental sealants. We can paint sealants onto your teeth – the back teeth in particular. Sealants act as an added layer of protection for your teeth. You’ll still need to brush!
  • Have regular checkups. Seeing us for a cleaning and checkup every six months means we’ll find any new decay early, and treat it.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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5 Reasons To See The Dentist

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When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we understand that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we appreciate the wisdom of those who have gone before us. With that in mind, this post offers some important counsel about your dental health.

Developing a relationship with an experienced dental practice is essential for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are five reasons to make Freedom Village Dental your partner in oral health.

Visit Freedom Village Dental For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits repaired right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Freedom Village Dental For the Atmosphere.
At Freedom Village Dental the dentist makes it a point to determine your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, doctor Freedom Village Dental dentist would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere convenient.

Visit Freedom Village Dental For the Discussion.
Freedom Village Dental delivers valuable assessment and discussion about dentistry. We provide fresh, clear specifics regarding your treatment. You can count on considerate care and cutting-edge treatment.

Visit Freedom Village Dental For the Answers.

When you enter our doors, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of kids dentistry or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for cosmetic dentistry? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for emergency dentistry? Who is a candidate for orthodontics?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check-ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene, and healthy habits.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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Freedom Village Dental Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Jacksonville Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

This message from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville centers on your dental health.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

Having your teeth cleaned and examined twice a year at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville should be part of your strategy for beating plaque and having a beautiful, healthy smile. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

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At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, we urge people to come in twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.  If you skip checkups because you don’t think you have any decay, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more convincing reason to keep those regular appointment.

Lung and breast cancer have attracted a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer, even though it claims almost 10,000 lives in the United States alone, every single year. If you smoke or have tested positive for HPV, you have an increased risk for developing oral cancer.

We work to broaden awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis. Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are five critical things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some variety of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of men and women who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is practically impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce unobtrusive symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be examined by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the copious strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most regularly linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, oral cancer screenings are part of every dental checkup. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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Water Flossing

Water flossers have been around for more than fifty years. During that time there have been at least that many studies on their effectiveness. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, we present what is known about water flossers, and whether they’re any better than string dental floss in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.

First of all, the main benefit of standard dental floss – string floss – is that it passes easily between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque. It is easy to use, inexpensive, readily available, and a very efficient way of removing plaque.

On the down side, some people find it hard to reach some areas of the mouth, like way in back. It can cause minor bleeding, and gum sensitivity. People with agility issues can find it hard to use.

Water flossing

Using a water flosser allows you to use water pressure to clean between teeth and along the gum line. A special machine directs a jet spray that can be very effective. They too are easy to use, and along with cleaning your teeth can also massage the gums.

They’re also great for people with braces and other dental work. The stream of pulsing water makes it easy to get those areas that are harder to reach with string floss. They are also an excellent solution for people with agility issues.

On the other hand, water flossers can be expensive. You need to find a place to store them when not in use. And they require electricity.

The Bottom Line

It isn’t necessarily an either/or situation. The best dental health routine at home may well be to floss, brush, and water floss (not necessarily in that order). The order in which these are done comes down to your personal preference: To put it another way: whatever works!

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, we think the most important thing, by far, is that you establish a dental health routine that you practice every day. We also like to see you for a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540


Preventing Tooth Decay

Preventing Tooth Decay in North CarolinaTooth decay is one of the most widespread childhood problems, and it also affects adults. Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC helps patients of all ages fight tooth decay.

Blame it on Bacteria

The cause of tooth decay is bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and merge with plaque and acids to weaken the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can lead to the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Lifestyle Factors

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed  throughout the day, decay can ensue. Foods to bypass include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria thrive.

To help prevent tooth decay, limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting us for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, the dental health of our patients is our top priority. And dental health means a happy mouth that is free of tooth decay. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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Dental Health And You

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, we emphasize the importance of good dental health to each one of our patients, every time one of them sits down for a checkup. We stick to the basics: brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. But there’s more to it than that.

At every checkup, we examine your for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. Stepping up your dental care routine at home is often enough to do the trick.

In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontal disease, and it’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of all Americans over the age of thirty have periodontal disease. That’s nearly sixty-five million people! It can be still be brought under control, but it takes more aggressive treatment.

Good dental health means you probably don’t have much of a problem with bad breath. Of course, most of us have yukky breath when we first wake up in the morning. But brush your teeth after breakfast and you should be good to go. In most cases of chronic bad breath – about eighty-five percent of them – poor dental health is to blame.

Every dental checkup includes a screening for oral cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that about 53,000 people will get a form of oral cancer this year. Of those, nearly eleven thousand cases will be terminal.

As with any cancer, the earlier the detection and diagnosis, the better the chances of beating it. That fact alone should be enough to get most people in to see us every six months.

Finally, when it comes to dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between the teeth.

And there you have it: a more detailed discussion on the importance of dental health, and seeing us twice a year at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC. In addition to checkups, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540


Treat Your Smile To A Healthy Diet

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Proper nutrition can benefit you in a number of ways: increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. But here’s a question from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC: how often do you consider how your diet impacts your dental health?

Your diet can affect your risk of cavities, enamel health, and gum condition. Healthy foods provide an environment that can prevent inflammation and infection. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the optimal choices for oral health. Calcium-fortified beverages, milk, and other dairy products provide vitamins, minerals, and calcium that assists in keeping teeth, bones, and gums healthy. Eating crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery, will help clean your teeth and gums.

A healthy diet contains all the essential vitamins and minerals, and the most important mineral for teeth is fluoride – especially for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore adequate fluoride is critical.

Don’t forget that too much fluoride is harmful. doctor Freedom Village Dental dentist can advise you on the specific dosage of fluoride for your child, taking into account whether your municipal water is fluoridated.

Even though adults’ teeth have already formed, fluoride aids in remineralizing weakened enamel to a degree. This effective mineral is applied to teeth during extensive dental cleanings at Freedom Village Dental and daily with fluoride toothpaste.

Bacteria that causes enamel-destroying plaque love a steady diet of sugar—from soda, candy, and even fruit juices. When enamel wears away, the teeth become vulnerable to decay, cracks, and discoloration.

Sugary foods that are especially detrimental are those that get trapped in the spaces between teeth and the small pits and cracks in the molars. Candies that are chewy or hard can lodge in these spaces and allow for the bad sugar to have direct contact with enamel until brushing occurs. Sticky candy can also damage braces and retainers. More than one retainer has fallen prey to sticky caramel or hard taffy.

Be sure to brush after each meal and before bed. In addition, remember to floss or use a water irrigating method to dislodge food particles trapped in spaces. By eating well, brushing properly, flossing regularly, and avoiding foods that stick to your teeth, you can have a beautiful smile for life. (And, hopefully, the physical fitness to complement that beautiful smile and the energy to enjoy both.)

The team at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville promotes good dental health in all our patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We’re open extended evening and Saturday hours that fit any busy schedule.

Contact Freedom Village Dental:

910-716-0101

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

571 Yopp Rd Ste 308
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28540

 

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