Add Mouthwash To Your Oral Health Routine

MouthwashHave you thought to add mouthwash to your oral health routine? If not, you should consider the benefits. Having mouthwash as part of your oral health routine is essential to keeping your smile in tip-top shape and healthy.

Mouthwash can reach areas that your toothbrush or dental floss cannot touch. Your toothbrush and dental floss can help clean your teeth, and your mouthwash can rinse your gums, tongue, and entire mouth to clear bacteria away. By reaching areas your toothbrush can’t reach, your mouthwash is working hard to reduce any cavities and gum disease.

Did you know, mouthwash can help prevent and fight off any tooth decay lingering in your smile? Well, it’s true! Mouthwash can also reduce the chances and symptoms of gingivitis, reduce plaque and the production of tartar, and help fight off gum disease which can give you bad breath and damage your gums. By choosing a therapeutic mouthwash, the active ingredients in it will help your smile every time you use it.

If you have questions about your oral health, call Dr. Eric Burgess with the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, today at (904) 273-3001 to set up an appointment. Our dental team is happy to help your oral health and give you a routine dental exam.


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New Ponte Vedra Beach Location

Explore the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry‘s new location in Ponte Vedra Beach:

Location: 180 Library Blvd #101, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

If you need a cosmetic dentist in Ponte Vedra Beach, it’s time to book an appointment at the Burgess Center. Our entire team is dedicated to combining the most advanced technology with the most personalized and comfortable care.

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Choosing a Chemical Peel | Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Ponte Vedra Beach FL

If you’re considering a chemical peel, the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 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.

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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 Vitalize 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, typically is well tolerated with minimal downtime.

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

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The Effects of Stress on Your Teeth

Effects of stress

Everyone has stress. It’s a natural thing to experience throughout life. In fact, a 2015 study from the American Psychological Association found that the average stress levels in the U.S. are a 5.1 on a 10-point stress scale and 24% of American adults admit experiencing “extreme stress.” That’s a lot of our friends, family, and co-workers experiencing stress, but what does this have to do with your teeth?

The fact of the matter is an awful lot. You probably already know what stress can do to your body and the damaging side effects — but what about your oral health?

Keep reading to learn the effects of stress on your teeth.


Stress and Your Teeth

Our mouths have just as much of a chance of being plagued by the side effects of stress as any other part of our body. Research has found there are links to oral health and stress, meaning that stress is a contributing factor to the condition of your teeth. From clenching your jaw to grinding your teeth — there are plenty of ways stress can wreak havoc on your mouth.

Here are the most common ways:

  • Bruxism — Bruxism is another term for grinding your teeth or clenching the jaw. Stress is one of the leading factors in Bruxism, and often times you aren’t even aware you’re doing it. Bruxism occurs during sleep, while you concentrate, or when you’re the most stressed out. Signs of teeth grinding or clenching include: worn away tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity, an indentation on your tongue, and teeth that appear worn down.
  • Canker sores — Canker sores have been linked to stress. People who bite the inside of their cheek, brush too hard, or eat foods that are high in sodium are at risk for canker sores, but those who add stress to the mix greatly increase their chances.
  • Dry mouth — Dry mouth occurs when the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva. And when the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. Because stress inhibits saliva production, dry mouth can occur.
  • TMJ/TMD — TMJ and TMD, which both involve the joints and gums, are one of the most common oral problems related to stress. A clenched jaw can trigger TMD or TMJ if repeated regularly over time. This can greatly impact your overall health. Signs and symptoms include: pain, popping and/or clicking when you use your jaw, and your jaw locking into one place.
  • Gum disease — Gum disease has been linked by dentists to stress and negative emotions. When you’re stressed out, your body produces more cortisol, which increases inflammation in the gums and increases the chances for gum disease.

How to De-stress

There are plenty of ways you can de-stress, but it’s about finding something that works for you. Here are some ideas to try:

  • A hot bath
  • Scented oils, like Lavender
  • Reading a book
  • Practicing meditation
  • Working out
  • Practicing yoga
  • Watching TV
  • Spending time with family and friends

Find out what’s right for you, and as always, talk to a comprehensive dentist, like the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry for more tips on how to de-stress and ways to care for your oral health to keep your smile healthy, beautiful and stress-free!


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Invisalign or Braces? 4 Things to Keep in Mind | Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Ponte Vedra Beach FL

Whether you’re a young professional, a busy stay-at-home parent, or an active teenager, we all want to feel confident about our smile. Sometimes, however, we need a little help fixing impairments like crooked teeth, gaps, or overcrowding.

The two main methods for fixing these issues are Invisalign and braces. Braces are constructed from colored metal or resin brackets and are attached to the face of your teeth. Invisalign is computer-generated and custom-made for your teeth. It’s composed of removable, clear trays that are virtually invisible.

Both are great options, but how do you know which one is right for you and your family?


To help you choose, we put together this brief guide. Here are 4 things to keep in mind when choosing between Invisalign and braces.

1. Permanency/Length of Wear

Braces are attached directly to the face of your teeth and worn permanently for an average of 2 years. Since they cannot be removed, they work around the clock to help you achieve the perfect smile.

Invisalign treatment usually only lasts between 9-15 months. However, since Invisalign is temporary, there’s always the temptation to remove the aligners. And, if you remove them too often, you can erase any progress you’ve made.

2. Complexity of Issue

We’ve already mentioned that braces are attached directly to your teeth and worn permanently. Because of this, dental braces also work faster than Invisalign to close gaps or straighten teeth. They’re the perfect solution for fixing overcrowded or crooked teeth!

However, if you’re simply looking to straighten your teeth without the long-term commitment to braces, then Invisalign is perfect for you!

3. Comfort and Style

With traditional braces, you can choose the color of your braces to make a fashion statement. Invisalign is virtually invisible, meaning Invisalign wearers can smile more confidently in social situations than they might be wearing braces! Invisalign also feels more comfortable than traditional braces. Braces tend to irritate and chafe the inside of your mouth. With Invisalign, there are no wires or brackets rubbing against the inside of your mouth.

4. Lifestyle

Traditional braces require fewer trips to the dentist, saving you time and gas money! However, cleaning braces takes more time than Invisalign, as Invisalign features trays you can remove and wash.

Invisalign is a great option for any athlete. If your child wears braces and gets hit in the face with a ball, the brackets could cut their lip or cheek. Also, while braces can sometimes give you a slight lisp, Invisalign doesn’t affect your speech. What’s also nice about Invisalign is that you can eat food you can’t with braces. When you have braces, you can’t chew gum or enjoy any of these yummy foods: sticky candy, hard candy, nuts, popcorn, corn on the cob, and the list goes on. With Invisalign, these food restrictions don’t apply. You can easily remove the trays and enjoy all of the above goodies!

If you’re still unsure about which is right for you and your family, you can always ask your family dentist for advice. At Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Ponte Vedra Beach, we can offer guidance and expert recommendations to help you achieve the best version of your smile. Give us a call at (904) 310-4957 to schedule your appointment today!


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Our Office is Moving on October 30th!!

The Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry will be moving to a new location in Ponte Vedra!

Our new location will be at:
180 Library Blvd. Suite #101
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Here is the real-time progress of our new office being built across from the Library and Fire Station in Ponte Vedra, FL. We will be moving to the new office on October 30th!

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Top 7 Causes of Toothaches (And How to Treat Them)

Imagine waking up, brewing a steaming cup of coffee, biting into your bagel…and OW! A sharp pain in your tooth takes you by surprise and leaves your eyes watering and gums throbbing. How can this be? You just went to your dentist a few weeks ago for your regular cleaning and nothing was wrong.


While you may think something noticeable has to happen to your teeth for you to get a toothache, tooth pain can have a number of causes, and some you may never see coming. An excess of bacteria, impacted wisdom teeth, gingivitis, cavities, or even teeth grinding (bruxism) are just a few examples. Toothaches can also present themselves in many ways, such as inflamed and irritated gums, a bad taste in the mouth due to infection, headache, fever, ache from applied pressure on the gums, and acute, pulsating, or nonstop aches in the mouth.

If you’re experiencing a real pain in the tooth, and it’s disrupting your day-to-day, we’re sharing the top seven causes and how to get relief fast.

1. Cavity/Tooth Decay

The most common cause for toothaches is a dental cavity. Cavities are usually caused by poor oral hygiene (failure to brush or floss regularly). They create a small hole in your tooth that can grow deeper and larger as time goes on. Cavities are also formed when your saliva mixes with sugary foods that then eat away at your tooth.

Cavities are, at first, barely noticeable, making them hard to catch early and improving the chances of developing a toothache later on. Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings to catch cavities before they grow. If cavities go untreated, they can infect the tooth and eventually lead to tooth loss or worse.

While you’re waiting for your dentist appointment, apply a simple salt water rinse to ease your pain. Mix a ½ teaspoon of water and 8 ounces of warm (not hot!) water, swish it around your mouth, and spit it out. Repeat until you have gone through all 8 ounces. This method can be repeated every two hours if needed. If you see no improvement at all, try pressing a cold compress wrapped in a dish towel to your cheek for a few minutes.

2. Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is an infection within the tooth, otherwise known as the “pulp chamber,” that has reached the root tip or around the root. This can result in:

  • An infected root
  • Swollen gums
  • Severe pain
  • Possible bone loss at the site of the infection

An abscess can occur when a cavity has reached the pulp chamber or after your tooth is hit, a dental treatment such as a crown that gets too close to the chamber, or trauma to a tooth like grinding. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you could have an abscessed tooth and should make an appointment to see your dentist right away:

  • Gum swelling
  • Redness or darkening of the gums
  • Pain when pressing on the affected tooth
  • Throbbing pain that shows no improvement after taking pain medications

When an abscessed tooth is causing you pain or discomfort, waiting for a dentist appointment can be excruciating. Fortunately, coconut oil can provide some relief before your appointment.

Coconut oil has antiseptic effects and can be used to draw the infection out and help the sore spot on your gum deflate. Coconut oil can be used topically or internally for treatment. Simply lather your toast with coconut oil for a yummy, pain-relieving snack, add it to your morning coffee or smoothie, or take it right off the spoon (only 1 tablespoon at a time).

For topical administration, gently massage the coconut oil onto the tooth and gums where you’re experiencing pain, or swish a small spoonful around in your mouth for two minutes. This technique is called oil pulling and has other benefits for your teeth as well, such as teeth whitening.

However, while coconut oil does include antimicrobial and antiseptic effects, you should still see your dentist to eliminate the risk of the infection returning.

3. Gum Disease

More than three-quarters of Americans over age 35 get gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease, and 5%-15% contract a more severe type of gum disease called periodontitis.

Gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene, resulting in plaque buildup. Over time, the bacteria will cause your gums to become red, bleed, and swell. While many sufferers of gingivitis feel no discomfort, if the disease is left untreated, it could result in tooth loss. If you believe you have gingivitis or periodontitis, schedule a dentist appointment immediately and take extra care of your teeth to avoid these diseases.

Make sure you floss daily, brush your teeth effectively (2 minutes up, 2 minutes down, 2 times a day), and use an antibacterial mouthwash.

4. Injury/Trauma

One of the more obvious causes of toothaches is a dental injury resulting in a broken tooth or knocked out tooth. If this happens to you, make an appointment with your dentist to get the tooth fixed immediately.

If the tooth is broken, tape gauze or a piece of gum over the jagged edges so they don’t cut your tongue, gums or cheeks. If your tooth fell out, try to fit it back into its socket and bite down gently to keep it in place and avoid swallowing it. Then, use wet gauze, a tea bag or a cotton ball for cushioning. If you cannot fit the tooth in its socket, preserve it in whole milk and saliva until your appointment.

5. Wisdom Teeth

If you’re experiencing pain in your upper back and bottom molar area and still have your wisdom teeth, there’s a good chance that it’s time for them to be removed.

Not removing wisdom teeth when they’re ready to come out can lead to significant pain. If your wisdom teeth are ready to come out, you’ll notice a tender and possibly red area in the back of your mouth around your molars.

This pain will only increase as your wisdom teeth continue to grow, especially if they grow misaligned or sideways. If this happens, they can press on nerves and bones as well as surrounding teeth.

Your wisdom teeth can also become impacted when trapped between neighboring teeth and your jaw bone. Over time, this will only cause more and more discomfort and uncomfortable side effects, such as foul breath, bad taste in the mouth when chewing food, redness and swelling, as well as other general health issues. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to cysts and even tumors.

Be sure to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal. Then, just sit tight until the big day and soothe your pain with regular over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and home remedies. Gargling with salt water and coconut oil can help ease your wisdom toothaches. Also, try pressing a full clove on the affected area until a numbing sensation is felt in the gums. Clove oil works the same when gently brushing or massaging it over the sore spots. Cloves and clove oil are typically found in grocery stores if you don’t have any on hand.

6. Teeth Grinding/Bruxism

While you may think that tooth pains are only caused by poor dental hygiene and fast-growing teeth (which they usually are), they can also be caused by bad dental habits as well, such as teeth grinding. You can develop tooth pain associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — the joint that hinges the lower jaw to the skull, enabling you to eat and talk.

When you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, you’re deteriorating your teeth as well as applying extra stress on your jaw muscles, leading to tooth pain and possibly TMJ or TMD disorder. If you’re affected by TMJ syndrome, your dentist can give you a dental splint to reposition the lower jaw. Additionally, eating more soft foods and applying a warm compress on your jawbone can help reduce stress.

If you grind your teeth at night, try wearing a mouthguard to bed to protect your teeth. Another option is to eat more vitamin-rich foods (green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, etc.) to reduce calcium deficiency.

7. Abnormal Bite

Similar to teeth grinding, an abnormal bite also causes TMJ syndrome. Your upper teeth should fit slightly over your bottom teeth. A misaligned bite, also known as malocclusion, occurs when your top and bottom teeth hit in an incorrect way.

An abnormal bite can cause difficulty or discomfort when biting or chewing. Malocclusion is most likely hereditary and not the most common cause for tooth pain. However, if it does occur, it can appear at any time during your lifetime, especially after or with the use of:

  • Thumb-sucking
  • Over-excessive pacifier use
  • Ill-fitting dental appliances
  • Extra teeth loss
  • Impacted teeth

Luckily, there are ways to address this dental issue. An abnormal bite can be fixed through surgery, removal of one or more teeth, or with braces and other appliances.

While there could be multiple reasons for your nagging toothache, the good news is that many of the causes listed above are completely preventable. By practicing proper hygiene, avoiding nasty habits like teeth grinding, and scheduling regular visits to your dentist, any toothache can be fixed.

At Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental care services and same day appointments to help you get relief fast. Call us at (904) 273-3001 to schedule your appointment today!


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New Location in Ponte Vedra Opening Soon!

The Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry will be opening a new location in Ponte Vedra!

Our new location will be at:
180 Library Blvd. Suite #101
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Here is the real-time progress of our new office being built across from the Library and Fire Station in Ponte Vedra, FL. We should be in it by the end of October!

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