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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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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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we are big advocates of good dental health, in particular regular brushing and flossing. Since we’re a dental practice that should come as no surprise.

Many of our patients bring questions with them to their checkups, like which toothpaste to use or proper tools and techniques. We think that’s great, since we are all about educating our patients. Some of our answers are as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

We strongly recommend gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will clean your teeth and massage your gums. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Visualize your mouth in four sections and spend a good 30 seconds in each one. Get the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently brush the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth. It’s never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin.

Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening. You’ll remove any debris the toothbrush couldn’t get.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult if you aren’t home for the midday meal. To maintain good dental hygiene, brushing is priority one.

There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth. Choose the flavor you like best, but be sure it has fluoride and carries the American Dental Association seal.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top priority. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit any schedule. Call for 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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A Noteworthy Dental Experience

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At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we make every checkup a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience, and for all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. 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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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

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This post from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville highlights the differences between general and cosmetic dentistry.

General dentistry is about preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, like a cavity, a general dentist determines the best way to address it.

Cosmetic dentistry is a term for elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Examples include teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Sometimes there is overlap, and sometimes terminology gets a different spin from one practice to the next. For example, one dentist might call a dental implant cosmetic, while another will call it general or restorative. It’s the same procedure, of course, and used for the same reasons.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we are a full-service practice meeting the needs of all our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, of course. 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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