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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Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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This article from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville answers some common questions about toothpaste.

What kind of toothpaste should you use? There is no one-size-fits-all product on the market. One patient might be interested in a whitening toothpaste, and another may need something for sensitive teeth.

There are tons of toothpaste choices in any grocery store, from those aimed at children to so-called natural toothpastes. You want to make the best choice for your teeth, but it isn’t always easy to make up your mind.

What’s In Toothpaste? Different types of toothpastes have specific active ingredients that make them work. Fluoride is by far the most important thing to look for. But there are other ingredients; here are some of the more common ones.

  • Detergents. Sodium lauryl sulfate is not only in toothpaste, but in other personal care products like shampoo. Sometimes it’s called Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate, and makes products foamy. Some people are sensitive to it, and some consumer advocacy groups say it can be hazardous. There are toothpastes that don’t have it.
  • Whiteners. The most common toothpaste whitener is hydrogen peroxide, but there are others, like polyphosphates. They do a modest job whitening teeth, but to get a really white smile, try professional whitening.
  • Desensitizers. Some people’s teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods than others. And some are more tactile-sensitive. Used on a regular basis, desensitizing toothpastes can be very effective, but ask us for a recommendation first.
  • Plaque fighters. A toothpaste ingredient called triclosan is believed to fight plaque and gum inflammation. While it seemed promising at first, more recent studies indicate triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance, and disrupt hormones and the immune system.

Always read labels when shopping for toothpaste, and make sure your selection has the American Dental Association label. If you see it, it means the ADA considers it safe and effective.

Don’t ever hestitate to ask us what might be best for your teeth. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a 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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Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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During a checkup at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we do a thorough inspection of your teeth and gums. But visual inspections can’t tell us everything we need to know, which is why we take x-rays.

For most patients, we update our x-rays once a year. They help us to make accurate diagnoses by showing what cannot be seen by the eye alone. Also known as radiographs, the images give us the total picture: not just inside your teeth, but the tip of the roots and the bone under the gums. Thanks to x-rays, we are able to identify and treat dental issues before they become more serious.

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.

X-rays 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 our patients with the best possible dental care. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit any busy schedule. Call us to set up 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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Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we recommend traditional floss or tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. But teeth are rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just won’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional, string floss.

By wrapping string floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can clean plaque off your teeth far more effectively. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a guide to proper flossing:

  • Cut a segment of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new piece.
  • Some people find it simpler to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you opt for, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means daily flossing and brushing, and a checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

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This message from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville is about the stress we all face every day, and its impact on your dental health.

When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Maybe you are the caregiver for an ailing parent. Maybe you took on a second job, or started night school to earn an advanced degree.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. doctor Freedom Village Dental dentist wants to remind you to consider the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.

  1. Tooth decay
  2. Gum disease
  3. Tooth and gum pain
  4. Bad breath
  5. Infection
  6. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced issues.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville provides general and cosmetic dentistry, with extended evening and Saturday hours to fit any busy schedule. Call for 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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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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Persistent Dry Mouth?

The Freedom Village Dental Guide To Dry Mouth

Many people experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations, or when they are under stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems. If this sounds familiar, tell us at your next appointment at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville.

Your saliva plays an important role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to perform this task your body may not be getting vital nutrients needed to stay healthy.

Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many foods are very acidic, and saliva helps to counteract those acids in our mouths.

For our patients with dray mouth, the first thing we suggest is cutting back on caffeine. That means drinks like cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth.We also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.

Certain medications also have dry mouth as a side effect. Consult your physician to see if any prescription drugs are the cause.

At Freedom Village Dental we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate any busy schedule. Make 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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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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Fluoride Treatments: Not Just For Kids

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You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” Fluoride is added to most toothpastes, and for good reason. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we strongly recommend you use it.

Fluoride is a key mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the detrimental acid that is formed by bacteria. We may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.

The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. The fluoride is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a simple and painless way to strengthen your teeth and maintain an attractive smile.

While many of our patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments in children, some do not realize the importance of fluoride for adults. Fluoride treatments are sometimes recommended to adults who are susceptible to enamel wear or tooth decay.

There are many different brands of toothpaste to choose from, and at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville we don’t recommend one over another. Just make sure it has fluoride! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s 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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What Happens If You Keep Using an Old Toothbrush?

It’s easy to become too attached to familiar objects, and that includes the tools you use to clean your teeth. Like a comfortable pair of slippers, that toothbrush you use every night may have an easy, cozy feel you’re not ready to give up just yet. But at Freedom Village Dental we want you to think twice, because that familiar toothbrush can be a threat to your dental health.

To put it simply, your toothbrush should be replaced from time to time. We recommend a new one every three months or so. You don’t have to circle your calendear, or set up an alert on your phone. But you do need to keep track of how long you’ve used a toothbrush and get a new one when the time comes.

If you keep using an old toothbrush, it is less effective at cleaning plaque off of your teeth and at the gumline. That much is obvious, because it’s easy to see the bristles bending out of shape.

But there are other things to consider. When you finish brushing your teeth, there is always some stuff that remains on your toothbrush. Over time it can breed and multiply. The average toothbrush, in fact, has more than one million bacteria particles. Most of them aren’t bad for you. But some are, and if you keep using that favorite old brush you re-introduce this bacteria into your mouth, over and over. Bacteria and food debris is what you are trying to get out of your mouth in the first place.

As if the preceding paragraph wasn’t enough, here’s one more thing to think about: your toothbrush can grow mold. That’s why we recommend keeping your brush in an open place where it can air dry. Even so, time takes its toll and mold can grow. If you notice any black spots on your toothbrush, replace it right away. It might be mold.

The bottom line? Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often. Always use a soft-bristled brush, too; they are easiest on your gums, but rigid enough to get plaque off the surfaces of your teeth. And don’t forget to floss.

At Freedom Village Dental, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to 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