Interesting Dental Facts

  • The first chewing gum was “chicle”—sap from Sapodilla trees. Chicle dates back to Aztec times when people boiled and cut it into blocks.
  • You may have once heard that George Washington’s false teeth were made of wood. They weren’t. They were made of ivory, lead, and hippopotamus teeth.
  • The average person produces 100,000 gallons of saliva during their lifetime—enough to fill 200 bathtubs!
  • Before toothbrushes, people used shredded twigs to clean their teeth.
  • An average person exerts 30-40 pounds of pressure per square inch with their jaw muscles.
  • One in 2,000 babies is born with some teeth already grown in. Usually, these extra teeth can be pulled and the child will still grow a full set of baby teeth.
  • During the Middle Ages, some people believed that kissing a donkey would relieve a toothache, and that stealing someone’s tooth could help them grow a new one of their own. Silly folks.
  • Rabbit’s and squirrel’s teeth never stop growing. They continuously wear them down by gnawing on whatever is handy.


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5 Surprising Things That Are Ruining Your Teeth

We all know that candy and soda aren’t good for our teeth, but the sugars and acids lurking in other, seemingly innocuous (and even healthy) foods can also do a number on your dental hygiene. We got New York City-based cosmetic dentist Marc Lowenberg, DDS, to give us real talk on five culprits you didn’t realize were hurting your choppers, and how to prevent the damage.

Say it ain’t so: While bottles of the cold-pressed stuff may be chock-full of good-for-you nutrients, juices also have such a high sugar content (some have even more than smoothies or soft drinks) that drinking them isn’t far off from bathing your teeth in chocolate, Lowenberg says. This sugar is consumed by the bacteria in our mouths and converted into acid that wears away enamel and can cause cavities.

The solution: Sip juice through a straw to help keep it away from the surfaces of your teeth. And make sure sure to wait at least 45 minutes post-drinking to brush your teeth: Scrubbing them immediately while after acid has softened their enamel can leave them even more vulnerable to damage.

Chewable vitamins
They taste just like gummy candy–and they’re not much better for our mouths. In fact, their sticky, sugar-y makeup adheres to teeth so well that they’re just practically bound to cause cavities.

The solution: Take your vitamins in pill form. While that may not be as fun (or taste nearly as good), neither is a trip to the dentist for a filling.

Barbecue sauce
Backyard barbecues are a summer staple. But most people don’t realize that the thick, sweet sauce marinating your chicken and ribs is also marinating your teeth in sugar (yep, the sauce is full of it), potentially sending you down a road of tooth discoloration and decay if it’s in your mouth long enough.

The solution: Before you know you’ll be eating ‘cue swipe a (very) thin layer of petroleum jelly over your teeth to create a barrier between the sauce and your enamel. Can’t stand the feeling of the jelly on your teeth? Try to brush right after the cookout to remove any residue.

Dried fruit
While some fresh fruits are actually considered good for teeth (think water-packed produce like apples and pears), dried fruits never are. This otherwise-nutritious snack is packed with non-cellulose fiber, which traps sugar on and around teeth the way gummy candies (and vitamins) do.

The solution: Get it off! Brush and floss teeth immediately after eating dried fruit to get rid of any stuck-on sugar.

White wine
Red wine tends to get a bad rap for staining teeth–and it does!–but white’s no better for your dental health. The acid in white wine eats away at your enamel and leaves teeth vulnerable to stains from other foods or drinks.

The solution: Eat more cheese with your wine! It’s rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus, all of which can help buffer the acids vino leaves in your mouth. A less-caloric approach: Gargle with water after drinking to flush away some of the acidity.

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Check Out These Tips for Relieving Dry Mouth

The best way to treat dry mouth — known medically as xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh) — depends on what’s causing it. You can do some things to relieve dry mouth temporarily. But for the best long-term dry mouth remedy, it’s recommended that you visit a medical professional to address it’s cause.

To relieve your dry mouth:

– Sip water or sugarless drinks, or suck on ice chips.
– Avoid irritants, such as tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine.
– Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy.
– Avoid salty or spicy foods.
– Use a humidifier at night.
– Consider using saliva substitutes.

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7 Tips for Overcoming Fear of the Dentist

Having a fear of the dentist is common- we do our best to help you relax & feel comfortable. Here are some handy tips to help you become more relaxed.

1. Manage your own pain. Accept that there’s no need for you to feel anything beyond the Novocaine shot. The minute you do, ask for more Novocaine. Because of the panic, I metabolize that stuff like crazy, and have to ask for up to two reapplications per procedure. Raise a finger so they know to pause and tell them you have sensation. A good dentist is uncomfortable when you are, and they’ll take care of it or explain your options.

2. Close your eyes. You don’t need to see the implements. Especially not the needle. Breathe.

3. Pay attention to your body. Note how your entire body is clenched like a vise? Concentrate on relaxing your muscles one and at time, from the toes up. Unclench your jaw. Unfurrow your brow. If you feel yourself panicking, start again from the toes.

4. Wear headphones. Loud, soothing music you rarely listen to in real life. No need to sabotage your favorite tunes with dental recall. Ask your dentist to squeeze your hand if he or she needs something.

5. Find an escape. If your dentist doesn’t already have one, ask him or her to hang a poster of a soothing scene (the ocean or something) on the ceiling above the chair. That way, if you do open your eyes, there’s something non medical to look at.

6. Care for yourself. When you’re back at home, ice your jaw and rinse gently with warm saltwater whenever you’re in pain. This controls swelling and infection, both of which cause a lot of the post-procedural pain. If they gave you painkillers, take them the first day even if you don’t think you need them. If they gave you antibiotics, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to take every last one of them.

Rinse. Repeat.


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Simple Tips For Good Oral Hygene

Brushing your teeth in the morning is a routine nobody fails to do. But after a hard day’s work we are so tired that sometimes we just crash to bed after dinner, without bothering to clean our teeth.

This results in poor oral hygiene causing bad breath. Studies report that about 50 – 65 percent of the working population suffer from bad breath. Below are some useful tips to keep your teeth healthy.

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods from all the five major food groups.
  • Avoid high-sugar foods.
  • Brush twice a day. Learn the correct way to brush from the dentist. Avoid aggressive brushing.
  • Remember to floss everyday.
  • Get your teeth checked and cleaned every six months.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal.
  • Get all existing dental problems—bleeding gums, missing teeth, cavities—treated immediately. Prolonging treatment can lead to further severe complications. Bad breath may be caused by existing oral diseases such as gum disease and Candida infection. In such a case, see your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Have herbs, the natural antibiotics. Fresh parsley and aloe vera are effective in preventing bad breath. Chew fresh parsley whenever you can. It not only detoxifies your mouth, but it also contains abundant chlorophyll, which sweetens your breath. Furthermore, all this will increase the flow of saliva that helps avoid dry mouth. Make your own mouthwash: mix two teaspoons aloe vera juice with a tumbler of water.
  • Eat crisp fruits and vegetables such as apple, celery, cucumber and carrot. Chewing them cleans the mouth naturally by removing plaque and food particles stuck between your teeth and gums.
  • Chewing sugarless gum increases salivation. Saliva has anti-bacterial properties so the more saliva you have, the more you suppress the bacterial growth. Fennel seeds, cinnamon sticks, mastic gum and fresh parsley are some of the commonly found food items that help you salivate naturally.


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Professional Teeth Whitening

As the years go by, teeth tend to absorb stains from various foods and drinks and other things like cigarettes. Due to this absorption, without our knowledge, our teeth gradually turn a few shades darker. You’ve probably seen dozens of at home remedies for teeth whitening, however none of them come close to the results that can be achieved through our in office professional teeth whitening.

Our office offers three types of procedures to help give you the desired results you are looking for.

1. One Hour Whitening – This process uses the number one rated Zoom2 technology, which speeds up whitening and completes the entire treatment within one hour.

2. Two Week Home Whitening – This is a much lower cost option. We will provide you with custom made trays and an application of bleaching solution that you will use at home for about 30 minutes per day.

3. Deep Bleaching Technique – Through the combination of in-office and home teeth whitening procedures, along with a specialized tray system, we are able to maximize results. Following three to four weeks of treatment, our proprietary bleaching formulation produces excellent results.

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The Burgess Difference

At the Burgess Center, we know how important it is to ensure a positive experience for each and every one of our patients. As a result, all our staff members are devoted to giving you personalized, comfortable, state-of-the-art services in a relaxing and tranquil environment. We have invested in the most effective patient comfort products and procedures to assist in making your appointment at the dentist as restful and pain-free as possible. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment! (904) 273-3001


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Your Mouth is Made up of More Than Just Teeth

Your mouth is made up of more than just teeth, so good oral health goes beyond simply brushing and flossing! In addition to your teeth, your mouth is made up of gums, oral mucosa, the upper and lower jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the uvula, and the frenulum. All of these structures play an important role when it comes to good dental health and are routinely examined when you receive dental care. The next time you’re brushing your teeth, spend a minute looking at the parts of the mouth that lie farther inside the oral cavity!


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7 Tips to Help Ease Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

Dentist. Just saying that word and reading that word brings up a lot of anxiety for people. Even for grown adults who have been visiting dentists their whole lives, or avoiding them their whole lives. I don’t know what it is about the profession that makes many people afraid (myself included), but I do know it’s quite common.

When it comes to our kids, being afraid of the dentist can be a difficult thing. We want to teach them the importance of oral care and want their experiences with the dentist to be easier than ours, but sometimes their anxiety and fear gets in the way.

If your child struggles with anxiety and fears about dental visits, they’re not alone – it’s actually quite common.

Here are some simple tips on how to help ease the fear your child has of the dentist that will make the process easier on all of you:

  • Find a Dentist That is Good With Kids – A good dentist really goes a long way when it comes to dental fears. Find someone through recommendations who is good with kids. Usually pediatric dentists are great with kids and have great offices set up.
  • Often Remind Them of the Importance of Oral Health – Have regular conversations about why it’s important to brush and floss and visit the dentist. Talk regularly, because then it won’t seem so out of the norm to take care of your teeth.
  • Be Sure to Make Regular Dental Visits – The more regularly they visit (every 6 months), the less afraid they will be because it will become less unknown.
  • Explain in Ways They Understand – Let your child know what to expect, but in terms they understand. Tell them, or ask the dentist to tell them, what they’re doing and what to expect so they won’t be so afraid.
  • Don’t Share Your Own Fears – If you have a fear of the dentist, be careful never to share that with your kids. If you do, it could very well make them more afraid and stressed.
  • Tell the Dentist – If your child is feeling anxious or afraid, let the dentist know. They may be able to help ease their fear and treat them with a little more care.
  • Avoid Using Scary Words – Kids and scary words don’t really get along well. Avoid using words like “hurt” or “freezing” or “shot” with your kids if you think it could make them more anxious.


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Have you heard of Grush, the gaming toothbrush?

This Bluetooth-Enabled Gaming Toothbrush is Designed to get Your Kids to Brush

When you’re a kid, brushing your teeth is right up there with coming inside for dinner and taking naps. A new toothbrush system, based on a game, intends to change all that.

Grush is launching its Gaming Toothbrush at CES, a system that will turn this “chore into a fun and interactive game,” according to their site.

How does it work? The toothbrush is synced with games, like “Monster Chase” and “Brush-a-pet.” Bluetooth motion sensors work with the games playing on your smartphone, so kids can brush along. It even guides them to hit spots commonly missed, like back teeth. Parents can then download results and see how their kids are doing.

Watch the video to see how it all works.

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