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Dental Fun Fact

Did you know, your mouth produces more than 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. Some sources say this is enough to fill two swimming pools! Your body makes this saliva to assist with digestion and to protect your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.

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The Real Deal on Five Persistent Dental Myths

Think you don't need to teach your toddler good dental care practices? Think again.

Over years of providing cosmetic and general dentistry, Jacksonville’s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has heard some real doozies. To set the record straight, following are five of the top myths we hear from patients weekly, along with the real-deal facts:

Myth: “My teeth look great, so I don’t need to see a dentist.”

Fact: Many dental problems aren’t visibly obvious, especially in their early stages. Twice-yearly visits to the dentist for routine checkups and cleaning help your dentist spot issues early on, before they become serious.

Myth: “My parents had great teeth, so I do too.”

Fact: Genetics might play a small role in your dental health. But unless you’re a toddler whose parents are still brushing your teeth for you, leave your folks out of it. The best genes in the world won’t make up for poor dental care. It’s your own diet and brushing/flossing habits that will determine your dental health.

Myth: “Brushing my teeth more than once daily can wear away my tooth enamel.”

Fact: Only if you’re using a paint sander for a toothbrush. That said, a toothbrush with firm, stiff bristles is more likely to cause your gums to bleed. Choose a toothbrush with soft to medium-soft nylon bristles instead for a safe, effective brushing.

Myth: “Chewing sugar-free gum after I eat is just as good as brushing my teeth.”

Fact: Not so. Yes, chewing sugar-free gum can help minimally clean your teeth and freshen your breath after you down that deli sandwich. But it won’t fully remove the debris and plaque that lead to cavities and gum disease. Only thorough, regular teeth brushing and flossing will ensure a truly clean mouth and healthy teeth and gums.

Myth: “No need to take care my infant’s teeth – they’re all going to fall out anyway.”

Fact: Good dental hygiene isn’t just about the teeth. It’s also about the gums. Failing to properly care for your baby’s teeth can set them up for problems with their permanent teeth or their bite. Plus, getting little ones in the habit of good dental care early on sets an important example that will serve them well all their lives.

If you’ve played into any of these myths, you may be headed for some painful and expensive dental work. Wise up and start taking better care of your dental health today by scheduling an appointment at the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Call 904-273-3001 or complete our online “Request an Appointment” feature.

Valentine’s Day Beauty by the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

The Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville offers teeth whitening, Botox and facial treatments to help you look your beautiful best on Valentine's Day.

Who doesn’t want to look their most beautiful on Valentine’s Day? If you’ve got romantic plans this week, give your look a lovely lift with a facial, teeth whitening or Botox treatment at the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

A person’s smile often is the first feature a romantic prospect notices. So whether you’ve got a significant other or you’re looking to make a connection with someone new, make sure your smile is an attention-getter. The Burgess Center offers an array of effective teeth whitening choices including a one-hour Zoom2 advanced treatment that gives your smile a stunning and immediate makeover.

Botox is another way to get quick results just in time for that special night out. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure works to smooth wrinkles around the eyes, lips, cheeks and forehead and to plump lips and cheeks. Don’t worry – Botox won’t radically alter your appearance. Expertly administered, it’ll simply give you a smoother, more youthful and vibrant look.

A facial is another way to lap up a little luxury and leave with brighter, tighter, more radiant skin. Your facial will be tailored to your particular skin condition and goals, and may include steam exfoliation, a patient-specific masque, and a relaxing facial massage.

Of course, these Valentine’s Day treatments aren’t just for the ladies. They’ll help you romantic-minded men out there leave a lasting impression on your date as well. But you’ll have to hurry – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Call 904-273-3001 to schedule your appointment today.

How a Clean Mouth Does a Body Good – Time to Visit Your Dentist, Jacksonville

Whole body health begins with a trip to the dentist, Jacksonville's Dr. Eric Burgess says.

New Year’s resolutions typically include a few designed to boost a person’s health, whether it be losing weight, toning up those muscles or nixing unhealthy habits. Rarely does a visit to the dentist’s office make the annual better-thyself list.  But it should, says Dr. Eric Burgess, a cosmetic dentist.

Jacksonville’s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is about much more than teeth. In fact, they offer a full line of facial skincare and aesthetic services and products. But all that’s for naught if your whole self isn’t healthy. And a healthy body can begin with a routine dental checkup. Here’s why:

  1. As the mouth goes, so goes the whole body: Dental conditions gone untreated can contribute to a multitude of other, more serious medical conditions. Plaque buildup and periodontal disease (gum disease), a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth, are linked to heart disease, diabetes and high blood sugar.
  2. Your baby’s depending on it: Expectant mothers have long been warned that gum disease can cause premature birth. But because bleeding gums, a major sign of gum disease, also is a common effect of simple hormonal changes in pregnant women, the condition often goes untreated. That statistic proved heartbreaking for a woman in California whose baby was stillborn. The case marked the first time that scientists have been able to link bacterial from a mother’s bleeding gums to an infection in a full-term, but stillborn baby. Bacteria from a mother’s mouth can enter her bloodstream, which allows it to enter and colonize in the placenta, potentially infecting a fetus.
  3. Confidence is very healthy: A person’s smile is one of the first features that others notice. So, if your teeth are healthy, white and beautiful, your confidence will soar. This only means good things for your social and business interactions. Plus, taking the initiative to get professional care for your teeth can help ease any worries you may have about your dental health and other related medical risks.

Take control of your full body’s health by starting with a trip to the dentist. Jacksonville’s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry offers both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. And an array of aesthetic services including facials, peels, facial hair removal, and Botox and Juvederm dermal fillers can give you a healthier, more youthful look – something that tops many New Year’s resolution lists.

Look Your Holiday Party Best with the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville.

Glam it up for your next holiday party at Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville.

As the holiday party season heats up, you’ll want to greet all that party glam with your best look yet. Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville can help you do just that with a full battery of aesthetic services for both your smile and your skin.

  • Facials: Indulge in a bit of pampering designed to leave your skin looking tighter, brighter and smoother. Specialized facials treat varying skin conditions. Carefully chosen professional products help deep cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize the skin. And relaxing facial massages help boost circulation and stimulate collagen production for a rejuvenated, healthier and more youthful look.
  • Dermal fillers: Want to be the envy of your social circle? Dermal fillers Botox or Rejuvederm can help you look years younger at your next Christmas or New Year’s Eve soiree. Injectable fillers instantly restore your skin’s youthful volume and smooth away crow’s feet, brow wrinkles, lip lines, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Plump your lips and cheeks for a fuller, healthier, more vibrant and youthful look with no cutting and no downtime.
  • Teeth whitening: Greet your fellow party guests with a gleaming smile. Our one-hour whitening service features the top-rated Zoom2 advanced whitening technology. A mild bleaching solution and powerful light energy work together to erase years of discoloration and leave you with a bright, white smile.

To get your luxe new look in time for your next holiday gathering, call the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 904-273-3001.

Are you a Grinder? Top Cosmetic Dentist in Jacksonville Helps You Stop.

Are you a grider? Those hard candies can exacerbate your teeth griniding tendencies.

No matter how charmed, no life is completely free of stress. And that stress can contribute to a myriad of health problems, including heart disease, digestive problems, immune system disorders and even dental problems if you happen to be “grinder.” A top cosmetic dentist, Jacksonville’s Dr. Eric Burgess, offers tips for busting your bruxing habit.

Known by dentists as bruxism, teeth grinding is just what it sounds like – constant pressure or clenching of the teeth. Often, you people don’t even realize they’re doing it. In fact, many grinders grind when they’re sleeping – the day’s stress seeping into their dreams, perhaps? Grinding also is an involuntary reaction when you’re angry, frustrated or afraid.

While the causes may be situational, the effects, unfortunately, are very visual. Teeth grinding can wear down your teeth, causing them to chip, break or come so loose they have to be pulled. Not pretty. Plus there are the recurring headaches or earaches, intensified sensitivity in the teeth, sore jaw muscles or TMD. So how do you stop doing something you typically don’t realize you’re doing? Here are Dr. Burgess’ tips:

  • Nix the stress: While we’ll likely never banish stress and tension from our lives altogether, we can learn to minimize it. Exercise, relaxation techniques, time management, meditation, avoiding known stress triggers and learning to step away from stressful situations long enough to take a few deep breaths and collect your thoughts all can help reduce stress.
  • Sleep soundly: When you’re headed to bed, massage your jaw, light some aromatherapy candles and place a warm washcloth over your jaw joints to help relax your muscles and induce deep, restorative rest. Sleeping on your back or using a contoured pillow will help reduce the amount of pressure placed on your jaw joints.
  • Watch what you eat and drink: Limit caffeine, alcohol and stimulant or depressant medications or substances that can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Also avoid chewing hard candies and objects (ever know someone with a cup full of chewed up ink pens on their desk?) and gum. All that constant chewing can be habit forming. Check medication labels for bruxism among the potential side effects. And make sure your diet is rich in calcium and panothenic acid.
  • See your dentist: Your dentist can check the alignment of your teeth and make sure your dental crowns, bridges, etc. are fitted properly and not placing undue stress on your jawbone. If teeth grinding is a significant problem, your dentist may also recommend a custom-made mouthguard or night guard. And he can help repair an already damaged smile with crowns, implants or veneers.

If you need help getting your teeth grinding under control, or if you need cosmetic dentistry repair on teeth already damaged by grinding, contact the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 904-273-3001.

Vampire Fangs for Halloween? Jacksonville Cosmetic Dentist Offers Tips.

Vamping it up this Halloween? Dr. Burgess has tips for choosing safe, stylish vampire teeth for your costume.

Vampires have always been a favorite fun Halloween costume choice. But the immense box office success of the Twilight film series and the True Blood TV series have made vampires downright sexy. If you’re planning to flash a fanged smile this Halloween, Jacksonville cosmetic dentist Dr. Eric Burgess has a few safety tips for you.

Just because a product is manufactured, packaged up and stocked on the shelves of your local store, don’t assume that they’re of high quality. A perfectly legal product isn’t necessarily a perfectly safe product – a big consideration when you’re talking about a costume piece worn in your mouth (either as a single piece that slips in front of your gum or separate pieces that each slip over your canine teeth). But there are ways to make sure the vampire teeth you’re buying as part of your costume are both stylish and safe.

  • Know the numbers game: Different types of plastics are labeled by different numbers, according to the type of petroleum-based plastic resin used in manufacturing. Environmentally conscious consumers are familiar with these numbers, because they determine whether and where a product can be recycled. When buying fake vampire teeth, look for the numbers 4 and 5, which are generally considered food safe.
  • Toss the toxins: You might think that painted products meant for the mouth are non-toxic. In many cases, you’d be wrong. Purchase only teeth that come in their own separate, sealed package with a list of materials used to make the teeth. If the package doesn’t specify that non-toxic paint is used, toss them back in the bin and shop elsewhere.
  • Take a bite test: Fake vampire teeth should be flexible enough that they won’t cut into your gum, or in to your friend’s skin should you get a little carried away for the role playing for that Facebook photo. Gently rub your fingers over the tips of the teeth. If they’re too rigid, choose another set. Be sure to file down any too-sharp points or edges with an emery board.
  • Give them a good cleaning: Before wearing you vampire teeth, clean them with soap and water. Then, run hydrogen peroxide over them, rinse and repeat until the peroxide no longer forms bubbles when on the teeth.

Of course, enjoy a few sweet treats, but don’t overdo it on the Halloween candy and make sure to brush and floss extra well. From all of us here at the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, happy haunting!

How to Prepare for Teeth Whitening, Jacksonville

Prepare for your teeth whitening with tips from Jacksonville’s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

If your plans for the season include teeth whitening, Jacksonville’s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has a few tips to help you prepare. The better condition your teeth are in from the start, the better your teeth whitening results will be.

  1. Clean up. Your teeth whitening process should start with a professional dental cleaning by a dentist. No amount of brushing and flossing will fully remove plaque and tartar deposits that build up over time like a professional teeth cleaning will. Getting your teeth whitened without first getting them cleaned is a lot like trying to polish or paint a table without first removing the dust. Plus, a dental cleaning will help undercover any more urgent issues that may need to be addressed first, such as cavities, gum disease or exposed roots. If your teeth are sensitive, start brushing with a desensitizing toothbrush several weeks before your appointment.
  2. Study up. Make sure your expectations are on point. Even if you’re in great dental help, teeth whitening won’t be as effective with certain tooth discolorations. Whitening processes are most effective on extrinsic stains formed on the surface of the tooth and typically caused by smoking, eating and drinking. Intrinsic stains that develop beneath the tooth enamel may not be improved by teeth whitening at all. Yellowish stains are easy to whiten – brown or grey stains are not. Also, know that materials in tooth veneers, dental caps or dental crowns won’t be affected by teeth whitening agents. So, their color may stick out like a sore thumb among the gleaming white teeth surrounding them.
  3. Follow up. This is particularly important if you choose a teeth whitening approach that includes an at-home factor. Prep work takes time and the wear-at-home molds or other devices aren’t always comfortable. But if you slack on your part, then your results will be lackluster. Talk with your dentist at length to make sure you’re aware of all that’s involved. Decide whether your schedule (or your patience level) comfortably allows for doing your part and whether you’re willing to give up bad dental habits that could mar your beautiful results in the future. Follow up appointments with your dentist also are a must to check your progress.

For teeth whitening, Jacksonville’s Burgess Cosmetic Dentistry Center is a top choice. Call 904-273-3001 or use our convenient online appointment request form to schedule your consultation today.

For Back-To-School Beauty, Head to Your Cosmetic Dentist, Jacksonville

Teeth whitening, facials and Botox are among the top back-to-school beauty treatments offered at the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville.

If you’re headed back to school this fall and want to make a great first impression, head to your cosmetic dentist. Jacksonville’s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry offers an array of aesthetic procedures – and they’re not just for your smile.

Teeth whitening is an instant beauty boost for clients of most any age. Studies show that an attractive smile is among the most powerful first impressions and can help improve the mood of not only the person smiling, but those around him or her as well. One of the area’s top cosmetic dentists, Jacksonville’s Dr. Eric Burgess, offers patients three effective and affordable options for teeth whitening: one-hour laser whitening; two-week whitening via Day-White brand bleaching trays worn for half an hour a day; or our deep bleaching technique that removes even the harshest stains over a three- to four-week treatment course.

A luxurious facial is a great way to celebrate summer’s end and improve your complexion. Typical facials at the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry include a deep cleansing of the face; analysis of your skin type and condition; steam exfoliation to open the pores; a relaxing facial muscle massage; application of a masque tailored for your unique skincare needs; and a moisturizer, toner and sunscreen chosen specifically for you. For older, uneven or sun-damaged skin, a chemical peel can significantly improve your skin’s tone and texture and smooth wrinkles.

For older adults going back to college, a popular back-to-school beauty option is Botox. Jacksonville’s Burgess Center sees many middle aged and older patients heading back to school to help further their careers or even study for second careers. Finding themselves in the hallways with much younger fellow students can be a little stressful. But an expertly administered Botox treatment can plump skin, restore a youthful look and boost confidence.

To schedule your back-to-school beauty treatments, call the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 904-273-3001 or use our convenient online appointment request form.

How to Choose a Chemical Peel – Jacksonville’s Burgess Center Offers Tips

Considering a chemical peel? Jacksonville's Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has three to choose from.

If you’re considering a chemical peel, Jacksonville‘s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry offers three to choose from. But which one is right for you?

Our chemical peels are topically applied formulas designed to brighten, tighten and revitalize your skin’s surface by creating a controlled shedding of dead skin cells. A skincare specialist will apply a cream mask to your face and leave it on for several minutes, allowing the active ingredients to seep into your skin and loosen dead facial tissue. The mask then is rinsed off or gently scrubbed, allowing new layers of skin to be exposed.

Our peels are designed to improve sun-damaged skin, acne scarring, blotchy pigmentation, fine wrinkles or certain types of skin lesions. Depending on your skin’s condition and your goals, our aesthetician will recommend the chemical peel that’s right for you – the Illuminize Peel, Vitalize Peel or Rejuvenize Peel.

The Illuminize Peel is a non-invasive, superficial peel that’s great for first-time patients or patients with minimal skin damage. You’ll enjoy a more radiant, youthful look with restored skin clarity, texture and color.

The Vitalilze Peel goes a little deeper to dramatically improve your skin’s texture and tone. It helps reduce age spots and stimulate natural collagen production in your skin cells. It’s more intense than the Illuminize Peel, but gentle enough for routine use.

The Rejuvenize Peel uses an advanced formulation of peeling agents that go into the deeper layers of your skin. The aesthetician expertly controls exfoliation of the upper layers of damaged skin to reveal a healthier, smoother, tighter level of new skin. It can be an effective alternative to surgical facelift procedures for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Though it’s a bit more intense than the other types of peels, but typically is well tolerated with minimal downtime.

If you’re ready for a chemical peel, Jacksonville’s Burgess Center can be reached at 904-273-3001.