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How Long Has It Been Since Your Last Dental Exam? Neglect Can Have Serious Consequences

April 21, 2016

Filed under: Gum Disease — Tags: , , — pontevedra @ 7:00 pm

In our blog this week, we want to teach you about the importance of regular dental visits. The American Dental Association currently recommends that all patients, even those who have never had teeth or gum problems, visit the dentist at least every 6 months. If you have a history of gum disease, periodontitis, or a high caries rate, it may be necessary for you to visit your dental office more often than every 6 months. Sometimes, people are afraid to visit the dental office and, consequently, avoid dental visits for years. This can become a problem because tooth decay and gum disease can develop undetected for years. You may not be aware that you even have a problem until it is too late and your teeth have to be extracted. Regular dental visits combined with preventative measures like sealants and cleanings can help your teeth and gums to have a long and healthy life.


Do You Have A Broken Tooth? Dangers and Treatments For Broken Teeth

March 15, 2016

Filed under: Dental Emergency — Tags: , , — pontevedra @ 7:08 pm

We are here this week to talk about some of the reasons that teeth break and the importance of seeking dental treatment for broken teeth, even if the break is small. According to the American Association of Endodontists, it is important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible if you notice that one of your teeth is broken. Early treatment for broken teeth is important so that the problem does not get worse. When teeth are broken, the nerve is less protected from the bacteria is the mouth and an infection is likely to develop. This infection can cause pain and discomfort and may necessitate that your tooth be extracted. In our blog today, we will explain some of the reasons that teeth break, the dangers of not treating a broken tooth, and some of the ways that your dentist may treat your broken tooth or teeth.


Five Things Your Mouth Reveals About Your General Health

February 26, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , — pontevedra @ 7:11 pm

This week, we want to teach you about some of the warning signs that your dentist looks for during your oral examination, which may reveal telling information about your overall health. In a way, you mouth can serve as a window into your entire body and provide some of the first warning signs of certain disease. According to the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, the connection between general medicine and dentistry is vital to help save lives. You dentist performs a thorough oral health evaluation at every appointment as a way to screen for certain diseases that can present themselves in the oral cavity. It is also important that you look for some of these changes and warning signs and notify your dentist immediately if something doesn’t seem right.


Occlusion: Why Is Your Bite Important?

February 17, 2016

Filed under: Dental Occlusion — Tags: , — pontevedra @ 7:15 pm

In our blog this week, we are here to teach you about the different types of bite patterns and why they are important. I am sure that you have heard the words overbite or underbite before, but do you know what these words mean? Do you know what type of bite is considered normal? Here At Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry, we are devoted to patient education and one of the ways that we constantly teach our patients about all things dentistry is with our weekly blogs. According to the American Dental Association, abnormal bites usually become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12, once the adult teeth begin to erupt. Often times, it is best to treat these abnormal bites when children are between the ages of 8 and 14 and still growing. It is never too late, however, to fix a bad bite and the results of treatment could drastically improve your quality of life.


Oral Cancer: Harmless Vs. Scary Lumps and Bumps

January 28, 2016

Filed under: Oral Cancer — Tags: , — pontevedra @ 7:18 pm

We are here this week, not to make you paranoid, but to inform you about a serious, although rare, disease of the oral cavity: oral cancer. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, early detection offers the greatest chance of survival of oral cancer, but only one-third of cases are found and treated during the early stages. We want to teach you about the steps that your dentist takes to evaluate your mouth for oral cancer at its earliest stages. We also want to teach you about some of the common lumps and bumps that can be found in the mouth that are harmless. We do not want you to think that something innocuous is actually cancer. At the same time, we don’t want you to dismiss a bump as just an irritation if it is actually something more serious. Your dentist is an expert on the oral cavity. If you have any questions or concerns about a new lesion in or around your mouth, you should consult you dentist as soon as possible. Oral cancer is relatively rare, but it still affects over 40,000 Americans each year.


Children’s Dentistry: The First Three Years

January 19, 2016

Filed under: Children's Dentist — Tags: , , — pontevedra @ 7:20 pm

In our blog this week, we want to teach you about the importance of infant oral health care. In the past, many people believed that baby teeth were not important because adult teeth eventually replaced them. Recent research suggests that baby teeth are important contributors to the health and function of the adult dentition. The American Dental Association currently recommends that children see a dentist by the time their first tooth erupts or before they turn 1 year old, whichever event happens first. Once the first tooth erupts, it is important to maintain the health of the dentition with dental visits every 6 months. If a child has turned 1 and does not have any teeth yet, it is important for that child to visit the dentist to ensure that dental development is taking place normally.


Five Common Misconceptions About Dental Implants

January 6, 2016

Filed under: Dental Implants — Tags: , — pontevedra @ 7:22 pm

Our blog of the week will focus on dental implants and the common myths and misconceptions associated with them. Most patients have multiple questions when it comes to dental implants, and we are here today to focus on some of the most important questions and concerns that patients present with. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness has published multiple patient guides related to dental implants, surgical, and restorative procedures. Most of the articles contain some confusing dental jargon that may be difficult for patients to understand. Today, we would like to address some of the most common misconceptions related to dental implants so that you can make an informed and educated decision when you decide to have dental implant treatment completed for you or for any of your family members.


Implants Can Improve Your Denture-Wearing Experience!

December 31, 2015

Filed under: Dentures — Tags: , , — pontevedra @ 7:25 pm

We are here today to talk about the ways that dental implant technology can be used to vastly improve the denture-wearing experience. As adults age and lose their teeth, it becomes more difficult for them to speak, chew, and eat like they were able to when they had natural teeth. Many adults choose to have dentures made to replace the missing teeth and increase quality of life. Complete dentures, however, are not as functional as natural teeth are and many adults experience frustration as they try to adapt to living with dentures. The American Academy of Prosthodontists has seen vast improvements in dental implant technology in recent years, particularly when it comes to replacing the entire dentition. Implants can now be used effectively to improve the fit and comfort of complete dentures. Today, we would like to explain the ways that this technology may be beneficial for you or for some of your older family members. Many people are unaware that there is a better solution than dentures when it comes to replacing missing teeth.


What Are The Dangers Of Neglecting Your Oral Health?

November 17, 2015

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , — pontevedra @ 7:27 pm

Today we are going to talk about some or the real dangers to your systemic health that can be adversely affected by poor oral hygiene. According to the American Dental Association, there are multiple systemic diseases that can affect the mouth and many common life-threatening diseases have been found to be associated with poor oral health. Most people know that poor oral hygiene can have adverse effects on the mouth, leading to bad breath, gum disease, cavities, tooth abscesses and infections, and the loss of teeth. But did you know that neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to more serious complications that affect your overall health? It is important to be screened for cavities, periodontal disease, and oral cancer at least every 6 months at your dental office. If you have any of these conditions, it is extremely important to treat them in a timely manner so that systemic complications can be prevented. It is also important for you to regularly visit your dental office so that preventative measures can be taken to encourage a healthy mouth and a healthy body.


Is All Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry? You May Be Surprised!

October 15, 2015

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Tags: , — pontevedra @ 7:32 pm

Our blog topic of the week is cosmetic dentistry and we are here to dispel a common myth that many people may believe—all dentistry is cosmetic dentistry. In recent years, the increasing demands for a perfect, “Hollywood” smile have led many Americans to seek out dental treatment that is considered cosmetic in nature. Traditionally, general dentists have had the overarching goal of improving the health or functionality of a patient’s dentition. However, with increasing demands for dental work that is designed to improve upon appearances, many dentists have started to treat patients cosmetically. (more…)