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History of Fillings | Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Jacksonville FL

Fillings are one of the most common procedures that a dentist has to perform – and they’ve been done for thousands of years. Needless to say, dentists have improved the way we do fillings quite a bit over the centuries.


Ancient Dental Fillings
Fillings have been used for thousands of years. Recent archaeological discoveries include beeswax fillings and stone drills, dating dentistry and fillings back almost 9,000 years. Just be glad you have sedation options now!

Metal Dental Fillings
You’ve probably heard that stereotype that the English have poor dental health. However, they were also the first to develop a way to attack tooth decay. Fillings were invented in Britain in 1819 by a chemist, Dr. Bell. These mercury based amalgam fillings also contained tin, copper, and silver. They started seeing widespread use by 1926 and made their way to America in the 1930s.

Modern Day Dental Fillings
After it was discovered that mercury wasn’t so good you, amalgam fillings morphed into other materials. Silver amalgam fillings, gold, and porcelain all saw extensive use in the 1900s. The most popular filling material now is composite, which blends into teeth well for a natural look. Composite fillings also preserve more of the natural tooth and last longer than other materials.

Feeling thankful that you don’t live in the caveman days with stone drills? We certainly are! Contact us for more information about preventive dental care to keep cavities away!


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First of all, our reputation is an essential part of who we are and what we do. At the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we take pride in serving our customers to the best of our ability. Our business would not be where it is without our customers. We know that the many loyal patrons, in the local community help us be a great company. They return year after year which means we must be doing something right. The five star reviews our valued customers leave really give you a feeling of the connections we strive for in the surrounding community.

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What Does ‘Impacted Wisdom Teeth’ Mean?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars, and most people do get them. Some, though, end up not being able to grow them out properly because the teeth are blocked by other teeth and can’t come all the way through the gum line. This can cause distress because of the possible damage it can cause the teeth impacting (blocking) the growth, and because of the other problems, it can cause.

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3 Symptoms as Warning Signs of an Impact

Not sure if you’re fighting impacted wisdom teeth? Here are a few warning signs.

  • Inflammation – Swelling in the jaw or gums, redness in the gums, and inflamed gums are all signs that you may have impacted wisdom teeth. You may notice more than one area that is inflamed. That is because you have wisdom teeth coming in on the top and on the bottom of both sides of the back of your tooth line.
  • Tenderness and Bleeding Gums – Your gums may bleed because of being inflamed or because the wisdom teeth are irritating them. Bleeding gums may also be a sign of gum disease, and should be something you talk to your dentist about.
  • Bad Breath or a Bad Taste – These symptoms may also be signs of other problems, but either way you should tell your dentist about it so he can get to the root of the problem.

If you’re hitting the right age, and you haven’t yet had your wisdom teeth removed, keep an eye out for these symptoms as well as pain in the back of your mouth, headaches, or pressure anywhere in your mouth.


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Useful ways of repurposing your old toothbrush!

How many toothbrushes do you think you have thrown away during your life? We are advised to change our toothbrush every three months, so in theory by the time somebody is 30 they will have already binned around 120 toothbrushes.

There are estimated to be more than 322 million people in the USA which could mean more than 1 billion toothbrushes are discarded every year! That’s a very big pile of plastic but have you ever thought what happens to them? Here we have taken a look at the potential uses for your toothbrush after it has finished its primary job of cleaning your teeth. What we have found is that we are remarkably creative when it comes to prolonging the usefulness of our little-bristled friends.

Encouragingly, our research shows that 80% of us choose to repurpose our toothbrushes, so here are the best life hacks for your toothbrush which could save you valuable time and money and your environment.

toothbrush1. Nail brush magic – Admit it, removing that stubborn dirt from beneath our nails can be difficult and even tedious. Use your old toothbrush to remove it in seconds! One person even told us they keep one in their handbag just in case they need to brush up on the go.

2. Wheelie good – A surprising number of people told us they use their old toothbrush to clean the chain on their bicycle. Apparently, it is the perfect size to get into those little places.

3. Back to the bathroom – Some toothbrushes are never destined to leave the bathroom. By far the most popular use of an old toothbrush is to help clean those hard to reach cracks and crannies in the bathroom, and it certainly comes in handy for scrubbing the grout between the tiles.

4. Putting the sparkle back – An old toothbrush is a perfect tool to give your jewelry back their shine and sparkle, giving you back your brilliant bling!

5. Getting fishy – This may not have been one of the most popular but was definitely one of the more unusual uses. A few people told us they use an old toothbrush to clean ornaments in their fish tank, as they need a clean home too!

6. Paws for thought – One from the foundation team here, we think this may just be tickle torture but apparently, a toothbrush is perfect for cleaning a dog’s nails and paws.

7. Model behavior – For you modeling experts out there, and we’re talking more clay than Kate Moss, an old toothbrush is ideal to create texture on your creations.

8. Exfoliate away – To some of the male members of our office, this one surprised us as to how widely known it was. Many people use a toothbrush to exfoliate their lips when they are chapped. How somebody finds out this is an effective beauty tip is a different question!

9. Hair today – One for the home hairdressers, a toothbrush is perfect for picking out your highlights, so if you’re in the salon and see a toothbrush on the counter don’t be alarmed.

10. CRUMBS! Take a close look at your computer keyboard. Did you know that your keyboard has been proven to harbor more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat? A toothbrush is perfect for cleaning out all those little nasties. Going out for lunch might be a good idea too.

It is important to remember to change your toothbrush, or head on your electric toothbrush, every three months to help stop the spread of bacteria and to ensure you are brushing your teeth effectively. Be sure that before the next time you go to throw one away, you think about how else you can put it to use around the house – and let us know if you find any usual use for your old toothbrush.


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How To Deal With Dental Fear And Aniexty

Few people look forward to their trips to the dentist, but perhaps for you it’s more than that. Even though most dental procedures are pain-free, you may have nightmares of dental drills or even feel stressed at the thought of having a basic hygiene appointment.

You are not alone. According to Statistics Canada a whopping 40% of Canadians have some fear of going to the dentist.

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But not to worry – this is manageable! Read on to find out why so many people have a fear of the dentist, and to discover some tips that may help you conquer it.

Where does the fear come from?

While many people blame their fear of the dentist on unfortunate childhood experiences or scary stories, there are usually deeper factors at play.

Some behaviorists believe that there is a biological reason why some people feel uncomfortable at the thought of having their mouth examined. That reason may be that we unconsciously want to keep blockages, such as a dentist’s hand or dental equipment, out of our mouths in order to keep our breathing unobstructed.

The fear, avoidance, and extreme anxiety one experiences while in the dental chair can be attributed to this natural desire to keep air passages clear and the basic fight or flight response.

It has also been shown that people who strive to always be in control often have a difficult time at the dentist as they can feel helpless while reclining in the dental chair. Having someone take control over what happens in their mouth can be a very frightening situation for many people.

Another common reason for people’s fear of the dentist is that their fear was passed down from their parents. Often if parents are visibly afraid of the dentist and make a point of avoiding dental appointments, this behavior can influence how children view the dentist.

Those who are afraid of needles are also often afraid of going to the dentist as they automatically associate dentists with shot-administered anesthesia, even though many dental procedures do not require any numbing at all.

And of course those who have experienced abusive or otherwise unpleasant experiences while at the dentist are understandably more likely to experience stress and anxiety while at dental appointments. The old school of dentistry used to focus less on the comfort of the patient and more on the procedure. We have learned from those decades-old mistakes and it is standard practice to prioritize your comfort above all else.

After all, we want you to come back to us next time you need a checkup or procedure!

Those who fear the dentist may need dental attention the most

It may seem logical that those who fear the dentist keep their oral health in tip top shape so that they won’t have to ever make a dental appointment. However, studies have shown that because people who are afraid of the dentist do not get regular oral checkups, deep cleansing of the plaque and tartar that can’t be removed with a toothbrush alone is not done.

This leads to larger oral issues such as tartar affecting gums and possibly leading to gum disease. Without regular checkups, other dental issues such as invasive wisdom tooth infections, tooth decay, and various forms of cancer will go untreated and undiagnosed.

If you are someone who avoids dental visits and regular check ups, it is time to face your fears and have a chat with your dentist about your anxieties. This is the best way to decide on a treatment plan that ensures you are as comfortable as possible and can have regular checkups for the good your health.

Here are some of our top tips that can help you overcome these fears and get you back on the path to great oral health:

Talk to your dentist

Sure, it sounds obvious, but many people don’t do it. Talking to your dentist is one of the most important steps to take when confronting your fear.

Dental professionals can only ensure that you are comfortable and attempt to reduce your anxiety if they are aware of what your concerns are. It’s recommended that people who fear the dentist book a consultation with their dentist prior to having any examinations or procedures done.

With the proper preparation, a patient can be made to understand what procedures will be performed and what to expect, greatly reducing their anxiety levels.

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Gain some control over procedures

If you are someone who craves control, talking with your dentist about procedures ahead of time may satisfy that need by giving you the chance to voice any concerns and make any modifications, should you need to.

A common request is that the dental chair not be tilted back so far and instead the patient can be seated in a more controlled upright position. Give it a shot yourself next time you see the dentist. You may be surprised how happy they are to accommodate you.

Have a support system with you

Some people find it extremely comforting to have a friendly face in the room while they are being orally examined or while having a dental procedure done. Bringing a friend or family member can be very calming for some people, making all the difference in the world between a stressful experience and a carefree one.

Be sure to discuss with your dentist beforehand if they are fine with another person being in the room. Just the simple act of asking may be enough to bolster your confidence to a new level.

Find the right dentist

If part of the reason why you dislike going to the dentist is the dentist themselves, it is perfectly fine to say so and to find one who better suits your needs. Try not to be shy about this; you have every right to ensure that you’re comfortable.

Switching dentists can be a source of anxiety for some, but keep in mind that it is best for both the dentist and the patient that the patient is satisfied with their care.

We hope that these tips help you to find the courage to take on your fears of the dentist. Doing so will not only help you to overcome an emotional hurdle but will massively benefit your overall health. Your smile will thank you.


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Three Awesome Tips For Flossing | Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Jacksonville FL


Here are three great tips for flossing:

  1. Don’t overdo it: The American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day to remove plaque and avoid buildup that can cause several major problems. Excessive flossing or flossing too vigorously destroy your gum line, leaving your roots exposed and more prone to permanent damage and decay
  2. Find the right tool: There are a lot of different options when it comes to flossing, not only do you have tons of different varieties of dental floss (waxed, unwaxed, flavored, thick…etc) but there are also toothpicks, water flosser, wooden plaque removers and more. These are all effective tools so take your time to find the one that will make it easier for you and create the habit
  3. Repetition creates habits: If you just can fathom the idea of having to do this every single day just know that no one loves flossing. Yes, it feels amazing to have clean teeth but everyone had to go through an adaptation period. A lot of people bring the habit with them from an early age but there are literally millions of people who took on the habit as an adult and you can do it too! There are many theories around habits but we believe that if you consistently floss once a day (at any time that works best for you) for 33 consecutive days you will incorporate flossing seamlessly into your daily routine!


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