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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.

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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

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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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5 Things to Look for When Choosing a New Dentist

Choosing a new dentist takes time and research. It’s an important decision that impacts the dental care and well-being of you and your entire family. No pressure, right?

If you’re on the hunt for a new dentist, you may be feeling lost or wondering what to look for. We’re sharing the 5 things you should consider when searching for a new dentist to help you feel more confident in your choice!

1) Customer Reviews

Who knows a dentist better than their patients, especially patients who have been going to that same office for years? Check a dentist’s website and their social media pages for customer testimonials and reviews and visit business review websites like Yelp. See what their patients have to say about their quality of care and the services provided. If the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, you know you’re headed in the right direction!

2) Cost

Cost should never be a barrier to quality dental care. Before picking a dentist, check that your insurance is covered and that they offer affordable dental care services. Don’t have dental insurance? No problem. Many dentists offer dental discount programs to help you get the dental care you need at a price you can afford.

3) Technology

Make sure your dentist is using updated technology for the highest quality dental care. It doesn’t have to be the latest model, but their technology should be advanced enough to catch dental issues early and help you keep your smile in tip-top shape.

Visit their website to see if they mention the technology they use. If not, call them and ask. They should be happy to answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need to make your final decision easier. If they haven’t replaced or updated their technology in ages, consider looking into other dentists in the area.

4) Location & Hours

If you’re a working parent or really any human being with work and personal responsibilities, your life is probably already busy enough. The last thing you need is a dentist that’s out of the way or who doesn’t offer appointments that work with your schedule.

Before you commit to any one dentist, consider their location and whether it’s really worth the hassle to drive an hour there and back for your dental cleanings and family check-ups.

Also, make sure their hours are a good fit for your schedule. If you work a 9-5 job, see if they have appointments earlier in the morning or later in the evening. Some dentists will also offer same day appointments for your convenience. That way, if you suddenly have unexpected free time, you can schedule a last-minute appointment and get the dental care you need fast!

5) Services They Offer

When going grocery shopping, you probably buy all your food and drinks from the same store. Why should the dentist be any different? When searching for a dentist, look for one who offers all the dental care services you need under one roof. Are you looking for cosmetic dentistry services like Invisalign or teeth whitening? Are you hoping to find a dentist who will take care of your tykes? Pull up their website, view their services, and make sure they offer everything you’re looking for.

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At Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental care services for patients of all ages in a friendly and personalized environment. As the premier dentist in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, we are committed to offering the best possible experience every time you walk through the door! Call us at (904) 273-3001 to learn more about our range of services or schedule an appointment today!


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How to Prepare For Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist

As a parent, there are a lot of exciting firsts that you experience with your child. First steps, first words, first bite of real food and the list goes on. Some less than exciting firsts, but equally as important are first doctors and dentist trips. Most children go into their first appointments ill-prepared. Parents feel the need to keep these appointments a secret and fail to be open and talk about the process. While children ages one or younger may have difficulty understanding it, there are plenty of ways that your child (and you) can prepare for their very first dentist appointment. Read on to learn more about how you can get your child ready for their first trip.

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Understand When Is the Right Time

One critical mistake that parents make when planning their child’s first dental exam is waiting until they are older. A general rule of thumb for when you should make their first appointment is either at the age of one, or about 6 months after their first tooth comes in.

Often, parents will wait until the child is old enough to understand what the dentist is or wait until they have had time to develop their dental habits. Dentists recommend that children come in at one year old or younger to help parents develop good dental habits with the child. Dentists also can identify any problems in the mouth that may cause dental growth issues later on in the child’s life.

First Visit Prep

Something new parents should consider is finding a dentist that specializes in pediatric and family dental care. Taking your child to your dentist because it’s convenient is a mistake. Dentists who have experience working with children at Dental offices that offer pediatric and family care are the best bet. These dentists will be able to provide your child with a comfortable, fun and age-appropriate experience that will build on a positive relationship with the dentist. The dentist should be caring, compassionate, patient and experienced.

At a young age, children love to learn about their bodies and the things they can do. Begin by teaching and talking about teeth and their mouth. It’s never too early to start, so before their first visit, begin the conversation (and learning) about their mouth and healthy habits. For very young children, having them simply identify where their teeth and tongue are will help bring awareness to that part of their body.

Try to use fun activities for children to become even more aware of their teeth. Singing songs, doing crafts, reading books and poems about teeth, tooth brushing, smiles, and the dentist are all great ways to prepare children for their upcoming visit in a fun and light way.

If your child has older siblings, get them involved. Have everyone brush their teeth together so the youngest child can see healthy habits that are done by everyone in the family. Make teeth brushing fun by adding music, fun songs to sing, colored toothpaste and character-themed toothbrushes. The more exciting tooth brushing seems, the more the child will want to participate and will continue the healthy habits that you instill.

What to Expect at the First Visit

The way the first appointment goes largely depends on the dentist. Some dentists will ask parents to come into the exam room with children and sit on the chair with them, while other dentists will ask the parent to wait in the waiting room so the dentist can build a relationship with the child without the parent being present. It also depends on what you as a parent are comfortable with, but remember, allowing children to do things independently will give them ownership over the experience and a sense of pride when finished.

Dentists will typically use fun or oversized objects to teach your child the importance of a healthy mouth and care for their mouth. Some dentists will use a model of a mouth to show your child how they count teeth and if comfortable, may count your child’s teeth. Typically, dentists will also show your child the different tools used and let them touch them and listen to the sounds they make which helps the experience be a little less scary.

Depending on your child’s age at their first appointment, the dentist may also clean and polish your child’s teeth with a rotary toothbrush and use the straw to suck any additional toothpaste and saliva out of their mouth. If your child is under the age of one, the dentist may reserve this experience for when they are older. Expect this to be included in the appointment around the age of three.

Make sure you ask as many questions as needed at this appointment. Great questions to ask are about a hygiene routine for your child, what appropriate milestones and growth are and what to look for if there is something that goes wrong.

Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment and keep in touch with your dentist. Just taking your child to the dentist once will not be sufficient. Schedule one to two visits per year to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy, as baby teeth are the most susceptible to cavities and decay.

Continuing the Care

It’s not enough to go to the dentist once or twice per year. Instilling good dental hygiene habits early will only make future visits easier.

Make sure to stop thumb and pacifier sucking early, so there are no problems with tooth growth or formation. Limit the amount of sugary snacks like soda and hard candy that can leave sugar on the teeth for long periods of time and increase the risk of tooth decay. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush and help your child brush their teeth at least twice per day for two minutes each time. Show your child the importance of a healthy mouth, and they will continue these habits into their adulthood.

If you’re currently looking for a family dentist who offers pediatric dental care in a warm, friendly and caring environment, be sure to contact Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and schedule your child’s first dentist appointment with our experienced and compassionate professionals today!


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Who can benefit from Dental implants?

Dental implants can be a smart choice for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or have had to have teeth removed due to injury, infection or decay. They can also be an option for adolescents, once facial growth and development has been completed. Generally, this occurs around age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys.

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Dental Health and Your Life Expectancy

Let’s face it, we could all be taking better care of our teeth. If you’re like me, you probably forget to floss every once in a while. Maybe you’ve skipped brushing in the morning so you could get to work on time. Maybe you go for a soda instead of water when you go out to eat. Maybe you’ve got a sweet tooth that keeps you coming back to the candy bowl.

It’s easy to say that you’ll brush and floss daily, but people aren’t perfect. However, keeping your chompers clean means more than just looking nice – good dental health can actually lower your risk of contracting diabetes, heart disease or even having a stroke. Since February is Children’s Dental Health month, we wanted to spread the word about some of the wider impacts of oral health.

Why Oral Health Matters

The human mouth is a disgusting place. There are around 600 different species of bacteria in our mouths at any given time, but luckily, most of them are harmless. The few types of bad bacteria in mouths are normally taken care of by regular oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing, but if they’re left in your mouth and able to multiply, they can stack up to bad breath, tooth decay, inflammation, and gum disease, which is the real threat to the rest of your body.

Our gums are very vascular – that means that they have a higher concentration of blood vessels compared to other parts of the body. When your gums are inflamed and diseased, it’s much easier for them to start bleeding, which gives all of the bacteria in your mouth an express ticket throughout the rest of your body.

Many people have only learned about undiagnosed pre-diabetes or diabetes after a dentist noticed that their teeth were unhealthy.

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Laser Dentistry: What is Laser Dentistry?

What is laser dentistry? If you’ve never heard of this innovative type of dental care, now is the time to learn. Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive option when you’re facing gum surgery, cavity treatment, or other oral issues. Discuss your laser surgery options with one of our dentists today.

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