Why Your Child Needs Pediatric Dental Cleanings

In this post from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we review dental cleanings for kids, one of our pediatric dentistry services. Even if your child brushes and flosses twice a day, regular cleanings are essential to maintain good dental health, just like with mom and dad.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing—help your toddler brush their teeth then clean thoroughly afterwards
  • Flossing—start as soon as your toddler has two adjacent teeth
  • Healthy diet–limit sugary snacks and beverages
  • Regular pediatric dental cleanings with a fluoride treatment
  • Regular examinations

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can build up even with proper oral hygiene.

No matter the patient’s age, we want everyone who sits in one of our dental chairs to enjoy good dental health. Our services include children’s dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us 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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Excellence In Pediatric Dentistry

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At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we are proud of our record of excellence in pediatric dentistry. Just as you would take your children to a pediatrician for basic health care, so should you remember us when it comes to their dental health.

We treat children from infancy through high school age, at which point they’ll be ready to transition to a family or general dentist. Our primary goals with your youngsters are maintaining good dental health, which comes down to prevention and treatment.

Another big part of our mission as pediatric dentists is educating parents on the best ways to treat their kids. An infant needs special dental care even before any teeth come in. And once they do start coming in, we’ll want to see them to make sure everything is growing as it should.

Many parents wonder when their child should start seeing the dentist. The answer: as soon as the first tooth comes in, or the first birthday, whichever comes first.

Tooth decay is extremely common in children, but the good news is that it is preventable. With proper brushing and flossing at home and children’s dentistry at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, your youngster can be assured to good dental health. We also offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment for your child 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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Get On Top Of Your To-Do List

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Is it time to get your life back in order? Maybe you’ve let certain things slide: things like refilling a prescription, changing your furnace filter, getting your oil changed – or making a dental appointment with Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks.

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is one of the best things you can do for yourself. After all, studies show there is a direct correlation between your dental health and your overall health. Regular cleanings and checkups ensure good overall health.

Excessive?

We recommend having a cleaning and checkup every six months. Does that sound like too often? It isn’t. Here’s just one good reason to see us twice a year: gum disease is 100% preventable, provided it is caught in its early stages. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adult Americans.

Maybe you think everything is okay because you brush and floss three times a day. If you do, that’s great! But there are areas where your toothbrush, and even floss, cannot reach adequately. These can only be properly cleaned by a trained dental hygienist.

You get the point. A cleaning and checkup at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville is the best way to maintain your dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

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Flossing can be a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. It’s no wonder our team at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville is constantly reminding our patients to brush and floss!

Flossing is vital to your dental health. You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing,’ and for two critical reasons.

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can influence our relationships.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avoid bad breath.

Flossing helps you avoid plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to build up on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t reach, and cleans away plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we recommend flossing every time you brush your teeth. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next 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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Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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In this post from Freedom Village Dental, we have a few thoughts on Vitamin D. Most people know it is vital for healthy teeth and bones, yet many of us fail to get enough.

Here is a sampling of Vitamin D findings:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of Vitamin D.”

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined Vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.”

“Inadequate Vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”

“The sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much Vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits.”

Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more.”

Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough Vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of Vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.”

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want all our patients to have excellent dental health. That includes strong teeth! Make sure you get your dose of Vitamin D, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups. We have extended evening and Saturday hours for your convenience. Call 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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Top 5 Do’s And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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Welcome to our blog and thanks for stopping by. Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville wants to deliver some straightforward tips for oral hygiene.

1.Do… remember you are just brushing the plaque away before it becomes tartar. A gentle toothbrushing at the correct angle is enough to clean it away. Remember, once it has turned into tartar, no amount of brushing will remove it.

Don’t… brush so hard your gums begin to recedem and expose your tooth below the gumline.

2.Do… remember your gums need to be cared for. Careful brushing and flossing can keep them healthy and strong.

Don’t… hesitate to see us about sore or bleeding gums, tooth pain or mouth sores.

3.Do… establish a routine for brushing and flossing that includes a full two minutes. Be sure you reach all those nooks and crannies (this is where flossing comes in).

Don’t… forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can disrupt a key routine.

4.Do… schedule twice-yearly dental visits. Each checkup includes screenings for oral cancer, a thorough cleaning by a hygienist, and cavity checks.

Don’t… worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. We can help you get back on track.

5.Do… enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of.

Don’t … forget to call us at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville to schedule your next cleaning and checkup. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call 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 Ways To Floss Daily

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At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we recommend brushing and flossing your teeth every night before bed. If you find you are too tired and flossing is just one thing too many, this post is for you.

Here are a few ideas for unique times to floss and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

  1. If you’re an early riser, try flossing in the morning right after you brush.
  2. Try just after lunch, but before you go back to work.
  3. Before or after you exercise. Your oral health is just as important as your physical fitness. Keep some floss in your gym bag and give your teeth and gums some attention along with the rest of your body.
  4. During the nightly news or while watching Netflix.
  5. While taking a bath. Any task is more enjoyable if it can be done while relaxing in a warm tub. Queue your relaxation playlist and turn off your phone for an at-home spa experience.

Flossing is essential for good dental health. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. 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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Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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Millions of Americans experience tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville.

People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee and ice cream, can be really difficult.

There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, so it’s important to have a proper diagnosis. A common cause is worn tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we always – repeat, always – recommend using a soft-bristle brush and a light touch.

Other causes:

  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)

The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft.

Many cases respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Take a look in the store: just about every major brand includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two.

The most important thing is to talk to us about it, at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule 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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A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool: The X-ray

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At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, providing first rate dental care is much easier when we have extensive information about our patients’ dental health.

Pictures are more accurate than written notes. They show what’s going on below the surface are worth even more than a thousand words. Along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

How often we take X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your dental health. Because children are growing and experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.

Should you worry about X-rays? They use radiation, but are designed to minimize patient exposure. Patients only get negligible amounts, making them safe. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we are committed to providing the best possible dental care. 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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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we have two fabulously quick ideas to overcome your exhaustion and pick up your toothbrush.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth

As you lie there in bed after a long hard day and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times. As you do, visualize plaque: that filmy stuff on the teeth and gumline. It’s loaded with the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat

Another convenient and uncomplicated approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content, the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon.

Remember that brushing your teeth is an important part of any daily dental health routine. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’d like. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough!

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. 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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