Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, you can form a new, good habit in as little as ten seconds, with these suggestions from Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville.

  1. Find a better place for your toothbrush.
    Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can curb the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.
  2. Leave the floss on the counter.
    If you want to create consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember.
  3. Swish.
    If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and rinse away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.
  4. Smile in the mirror.
    Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Scrutinize gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.
  5. Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
    Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.
  6. Schedule a Checkup.
    It only takes one short phone call to set up your next checkup with us. And regular checkups help you stay ahead of any potential dental issues!

These are only six suggestions. At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we have plenty more! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have convenient, extended evening and Saturday hours that fit your busy schedule. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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