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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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Accidents can and will happen!

Dental implant surgery is an effective approach for replacing missing teeth. Whether caused by decay or injury, a cosmetic implant surgeon can affix a titanium stud into the jaw bone and later bond a man-made tooth to the post.

Teeth implants are stable and can be used to anchor bridges, partials or full dentures to eliminate slipping. Implant surgery can improve the quality of your life and enhance your smile.

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The 6 Biggest Dental Problems For People Over 50

Smile! There’s good news from the world of dentistry: Older American are keeping their teeth longer than ever before and the average number of teeth people retain into old age is increasing, says Judith Ann Jones, DDS, a spokesman on elder care for the American Dental Association and director of The Center for Clinical Research at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

But Jones is not all smiles. As people keep their teeth longer, there are more problems that are likely to arise, which is why keeping up with regular dental visits is so important. Here are the most common problems, and what you can do about them:

Tooth decay
Yes, people over 50 can get cavities. You can get them on the surfaces of teeth that have never been a problem before, but you can also get them around old fillings or at the root of your tooth. “As you age, the root of your tooth becomes softer and sometimes more exposed,” Jones explains.

The Fix: Flouride is not just for kids, Jones says. “Fluoride is one of the 10 most important health measures developed in the 20th century.” Almost 80 percent of people in the United States have fluorinated water, but if you don’t, you should probably add a daily fluoride rinse to your brushing habit. Or ask your doctor about a stronger fluoride prescription gel. If you are starting to get cavities, even if your water has fluoride, consider a fluoride rinse. Ask your dentist if that’s right for you.

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Dry mouth
Saliva protects us against tooth decay. But if you’re not producing it, your teeth may be at risk. The calcium and phosphate present in saliva prevent demineralization of your teeth, Jones says. How do you know if you have dry mouth? You’ll have a sticky feeling in your mouth, trouble swallowing, dry throat, and dry, cracked lips. You may notice a metallic taste in your mouth or persistent bad breath. You may or may not feel thirsty. Dry mouth is often caused by medications, and as people age, they take more medications. It can also result from smoking or from a blow to the head that somehow damages the salivary glands.

The Fix: If you have dry mouth, you should try to stimulate saliva production. Jones says some people just sip water all day while others find that chewing sugar-free xylitol candies or gum helps. Your dentist may prescribe a prescription saliva substitute or recommend over-the-counter formulations for you to try.

Gum disease
If your gums are swollen, red, or bleed easily, you’ve got gingivitis, an early form of gum disease that can progress and be dangerous. Untreated gingivitis often becomes periodontitis, which is when the gum pulls away from the tooth and creates pockets which can become infected. If this condition develops and continues unchecked, it could cause the loss of bones in your jaw and eventually, the loss of the teeth themselves.

The Fix: The best fix for this condition is regular dentist visits, Jones says. You may need to visit your dentist more frequently so that your teeth can be cleaned and your gums treated for the condition. People who don’t have good access to dental care are more likely to have gum disease, Jones says.

Oral cancer
More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancers this year, and more than 8,000 will die from it, according to The Oral Cancer Foundation. Oral cancer incidence definitely increases as you get older, Jones says, and is very often linked to smoking and heavy alcohol use. Recently, the number of cases has risen because doctors have discovered that the Human Papilloma Virus also can cause oral cancer.

The Fix: Only about half of people who develop oral cancer survive the disease, Jones says. The best hope for survival is to discover it at its earliest stages—in which case there is an 80 percent chance of surviving for five years. Your dental exam should include a check for oral cancer. Your dentist will hold your tongue and check the soft tissue in your mouth as well as your throat and jaw. If he or she does not, find another dentist, Jones says.

Tooth crowding
Are you noticing that food is getting stuck in new places in your mouth? Or that the overlapping tooth that was cute in your teens now seems to be overlapping even more? You’re not imagining it. As you age, your teeth shift, according to Lee W. Graber, D.D.S., M.S., M.S., Ph.D., Past President of the American Association of Orthodontists. And that can be problematic, not because you’ll look different, but because it can make your teeth more difficult to clean, leading to more decay. It’s also of concern because misaligned teeth can lead to teeth erosion and damage to the supporting tissue and bone, Graber says. Add to that the tendency of older adults to have periodontal disease, and you could end up losing your teeth even faster.

The Fix: If your teeth have really shifted, you could see an orthodontist, who may fit you with a retainer, spacer, or even braces. This may not be necessary, but you should discuss with your dentist whether your teeth are shifting at your regular check up. If they are, it may mean only that you need to go to the dentist more regularly for more frequent cleanings.


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What Is Periodontal Disease?

If your hands bled when you washed them, you would be concerned. Yet, many people think it’s normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss. In a 1999 study, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that half of Americans over 30 had bleeding gums.

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Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If nothing is done, the infection can spread and destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone. Eventually, your teeth can become so loose that they have to be extracted.

“Perio” means around, and “dontal” refers to teeth. Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease — gingivitis — the infection affects the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the tissues are involved.

For many years scientists have been trying to figure out what causes periodontal disease. It is now well accepted that various types of bacteria in dental plaque are the major villains. Researchers also are learning more about how an infection in your gums can affect your overall health.

In recent years, gum disease has been linked to a number of other health problems. This is a new and exciting area of research, but it remains controversial. Studies have produced varying answers about the extent of the connection between gum disease and other medical problems, and more research is needed.

Researchers are studying possible connections between gum disease and:

  • Atherosclerosis and heart disease — Gum disease may increase the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease, although the extent of this connection is unclear. Gum disease also is believed to worsen existing heart disease.
  • Stroke — Gum disease may increase the risk of the type of stroke that is caused by blocked arteries.
  • Diabetes — People with diabetes and periodontal disease may be more likely to have trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetics with healthy gums.
  • Respiratory disease— Gum disease may cause lung infections and worsen existing lung conditions when bacteria from the mouth reach the lungs.


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Can You Get a Cavity in Your Dental Implants?

By investing in dental implants, you made a positive, smart choice. You opted for a long-term tooth-replacement solution that has a proven, high rate of success in patients of all ages.

Dental Implant Cavity

You may be nervous about taking care of your implants. Though they can not get cavities, that doesn’t mean they can’t sustain a different kind of infection if they aren’t cared for regularly.

What Is Peri-Implantitis?

Just like natural teeth, implants must be cleaned each and every day to keep plaque build-up at bay. Though plaque won’t lead to a cavity, it can accumulate near the soft tissue of your gum causing peri-implantitis. This is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissue surrounding the implant.

At first, the gums may bleed and become extremely sensitive, but more serious symptoms involve bone loss around the base of the implant. This could result in gum recession, which would expose the supporting implant structure. The tooth could appear longer and eventually the entire implant could loosen.

Taking Care of Dental Implants

Peri-implantitis is preventable, if you make your dental health a priority.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss — mostly due to decay, gingivitis, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options for those with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Today, we have dental implants available.

Model of white teeth and dental implantWhat Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw bone. This provides a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

What Are The Benefits?

There are many advantages of dental implants over other tooth replacement options:

Improved appearance – Dental implants are made specifically for your mouth. They will look and feel like your own teeth because they are designed to fuse with bone and be permanent.

Improved speech – Ill-fitting dentures can slip within your mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without they worry that teeth might slip.

Eating easier – Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult and may also make it difficult to enjoy some of your favorite food. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence.

Improved comfort – Because they become a part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of slipping dentures that are know to cause sore and irritated gums.

Durability – Dental implants are very durable and are made to last many, many years. With good care, they may last a lifetime.

Convenience – Dental implants mean no more messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place, or the need to remove them every night for cleaning. You care for your dental implants just the same as you would your real teeth.

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Our New Sirona Orthophos XG 3D X-ray Machine

We are proud owners of a new x-ray imaging machine, Sirona Orthophos XG 3D. We brought this new, state-of-the-are piece of equipment into our office for its ease of use and reliable results.  We’re excited to be using this awesome piece of equipment to not only streamline our practice, but also offer our patients the safest and most comfortable experience possible.

Here are some of the key features:

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This hybrid unit not only provides the right 2D image, it is now augmented with the ability to capture an x-ray image in 3D. One scan provides a 2D and 3D image together.

Simplified Patient Positioning
With the auto-positioner, the operator can automatically tilt the patient’s head to get the perfect angle with no interference. The mulit-point stabilization allows the operator to position the patient comfortably through the on-screen guide. Proper patient positioning and stabilization is critical for diagnostic images.

Adjustable Area Of Exposure
The operator is able to adjust the area of exposure by zeroing in and capturing the region of interest that was prescribed by the dentist without exposing unnecessary regions to radiation. The field of view is also large enough to avoid needing to stitch together several images, thus eliminating multiple exposures. The operator also uses the alignment guide, giving them a perfect view of the area to be scanned, eliminating mistakes and the need for re-takes. Short scan time ensures that patient movement during the scan is kept to an absolute minimum, thus further reducing radiation dose.

Integrated Software
The integrated software gives us the ability to scan, diagnose, plan dental implants, and document findings quickly and efficiently. The ability to use these images to map out a blueprint for dental implants allows us to plan the implant with the highest accuracy. This is also an excellent tool for patients to visualize the implant and proposed treatment.

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Google Reviews

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Bewertung: 5 Sterne


“Amazing people. I always feel comfortable and have never had a bad experience or interaction. It’s obvious Dr. Burgess and everyone who works there truly cares about their patents.”

-Morgan P.

Absolutely one of the most professional and friendly staffs ever. They clearly have the knowledge and expertise. Highly recommended.

-Brent C.

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Your Toothbrush: When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

replace your toothbrushYour toothbrush is one of the first things you see in the morning. Other than regularly seeing your dentist, your toothbrush is responsible for the health and hygiene of your teeth. There will be a time when it reaches the need for replacement. After all, a lot of viruses and bacteria live on it, when they get transferred from your mouth to its bristles.

Here are some factors to help you determine when it’s time to say goodbye to your toothbrush:

  • If the bristles are frayed or clumped, and don’t serve any purpose.
  • After you get well from a sickness. You would not want to fall sick again soon.
  • If anyone, even a healthy person, used it by mistake. Shared bacteria is the worst.

Otherwise, you should change your toothbrush after every two months for hygiene reasons.

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