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10 Whitening Myths

Facebook, Pinterest, and the Internet are great for all types of DIY recipes, however teeth whitening is not one! Even though blogs, articles, and even Great Aunt Sue’s opinions may, in some ways, be factual.. There are always side-effects that can be permanent and irreversible. Today we are taking a look at the multiple myths floating around the internet and what the effect really is.

You Can Whiten Your Teeth With Baking Soda
This simply doesn’t work and will disrupt the ratio of good to bad bacteria in your mouth.

You Can Whiten Your Teeth Rinsing With Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide, when it comes into contact with the tissues, causes free radical reactions. These are the same reactions that age living tissue.

You Can Use Whitening Toothpaste and Whitening Gum
While these “whitening” toothpastes and chewing gums may have whitening chemicals in them, they are far too weak to have an effect. Whitening chemicals need to be in contact with the teeth for a minimum of 20 minutes in order to effect a color change.

Professional Whitening Gel and At-Home Whitening Gel Are the Same
All teeth whitening gels have different levels of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient that whitens your teeth. Professional whitening gel tends to be stronger than at-home whitening gel. Which leads us to myth #5…

The Strongest Whitening Gel Is the Best
While a stronger whitening gel may speed up the process, the whitening effect may not last as long. It is also more likely to cause pain and sensitivity.
Bottom line: You can achieve the same results with lower concentrations of whitening gel, plus it is safer and your teeth stay whiter longer.

Once Whitened, Teeth Will Stay White Forever
The color change is permanent, however, the aging process continues, which means your teeth continue to yellow. Touch-ups are needed to maintain the whitening. This is one of the reasons the custom whitening tray method is best.

Strawberries and Lemons Can Be Used to Whiten Teeth
True, but at a cost. The way it works is the acids eat away at your teeth enamel. In the end, you can do permanent damage to your teeth if you take this route to whitening your teeth.

UV Light Can Speed Up the Whitening Process
There is no proof that a UV light used by a dentist (during in-office whitening) speeds up the process of whitening or does a better job at whitening your teeth. In fact, it may harm the tooth and can damage your eyes, lips, and gums with UV rays.

Crowns and Veneers Can Be Whitened
The whitening gels we use to whiten teeth only work on natural teeth and have no effect on porcelain surfaces, so you need to replace your crowns if you want them to match your other teeth.

Whitening Can Be Done At All Ages
Whitening children’s teeth could damage the live tissue inside the teeth. Only in some cases can children’s teeth be whitened safely.

Don’t become a victim of these common misconceptions for whitening your teeth. Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, so do your research before doing anything to your teeth and always consult your dentist first.


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Dental Emergenices

Hit the Dentist Before a Vacation

Dental Emergencies aren’t so fun in the middle of a Vacation! Be proactive and schedule the entire family a quick trip here, before your summer trip! Call us today (904)471-7300.

Dental Emergenices

Summer is about to burst onto the scene. And with it, your “free time” will turn to “busy time” as you plan, plan, plan for your relaxing summer vacation. So while you’re thinking about where you’ll go, where you’ll eat, and what you’ll see along the way, don’t forget to plan a visit to St. Johns Family Dentistry as well. Doing so can save you from the misery of a dental emergency that will surely spoil even the best-planned getaway.

Now, we’re pretty sure, visiting the dentist is the last thing you want to do before a relaxing vacation. Yet we’re also fairly certain that discovering a painful cavity mid-trip isn’t on the agenda either – especially if you’re going overseas. Can you imagine having to look for emergency dental care in some remote part of the world? Ouch.

So, about a month prior to departure – or at least two weeks before you go – schedule a visit. Your dentist will explore your mouth for any loose crowns or teeth that could cause a problem, and identify any cavities that are close enough to the nerve to cause an abscess or pain. If you’re traveling by plane, air-pressure in the cabin can cause a recently drilled tooth to be overly sensitive, so you’ll want to be certain to plan your visit at least a month ahead of time if you’re flying. Of course, any surgery such as the removal of wisdom teeth, or a root canal should be scheduled in significant advance, and if you wear braces, you’ll want to visit your orthodontist as well.

Visiting your dentist prior to vacation might actually be one of the easiest things to plan this summer. You’ll depart with a fresh clean mouth and the confidence that a sneaking dental emergency won’t be appearing in your vacation scrapbook this year.

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Use It or Lose It: Dental Benefits in St. Augustine

2016 will soon be coming to a close, and so will your dental benefits. Remember to schedule your cleaning, exam and any other dental procedures as soon as possible in order to fully utilize your 2016 insurance benefits.  These benefits, as well as healthcare flexible spending accounts, may expire at the end of December.  Unlike medical insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts and most dental insurance plans do not roll over to the following year.  As such, any unused benefits dollars for 2016 will be lost.

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Call us today to schedule your appointment!

We know how busy families are today, but by coming in for regular dental cleanings and exams you may avoid dental complications that may cause you to exceed future dental benefits.  We are committed to the prevention of dental disease, and regular exams and cleanings are essential in that effort.
As the end of the year approaches, calendars get busy and things get put off.  We urge you to call 904-471-7300 today so that we may schedule your appointment as soon as possible. We want you to maximize your benefits AND have the best dental treatment available. Remember, it is always best to catch dental problems early. We look forward to seeing you soon.  With best wishes for continued good health!

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Get the Smile You Always Wanted with Affordable Veneers in St. Augustine

Veneers in St. Augustine area are the solution to so many cosmetic dentist issues. Veneers are thin coverings that slip over your natural tooth to accomplish a full range of results. There have been many advances when it comes to cosmetic dentistry that has not only improved results but that has also made cosmetic work more affordable. An experienced dentist can discuss all the options that are now available to correct:

  • Short teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
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If you want a big bright smile and your teeth are small or too short it can be difficult to make them look bigger without damaging your natural teeth. At one time the only solution was to cap teeth to give them a better appearance but caps present a different set of potential problems so while they are a good fit in some situations in others another option would be better. Of course, crowns and caps are also very costly. Veneers can be the solution that you need. If your teeth are stained beyond bleaching, veneers can fix that. If your teeth are chipped or broken veneers may be able to help.

Cost Effective

One of the beauties of this dental application is the cost savings. They can be a lot less expensive than full caps or crowns and give you the same results. It can be a very affordable option to give you the smile that you always hoped to have.

Saving Your Natural Teeth

The other major benefit of this option is that your natural teeth stay put. This is a minimally invasive process that does not damage your natural teeth. In most cases your natural teeth do not have to be shaved down or adjusted. This means that your healthy teeth stay healthy.

Before the Veneers

An experienced dentist will ensure that all of your teeth are in good health before applying the veneers. Any dental work that needs to be done before hand will be done so that you are not only getting an amazing smile but you are also getting an amazingly healthy smile. It is a win-win situation for your mouth.

Make an appointment today to speak with an experienced dentist about what veneers can do for your smile. You will be simply amazed by the results. Get all the information you need during your first visit to make an informed decision.

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Relax Your Fears with a St. Augustine Dentist that Understands

Finding a St. Augustine dentist that understands that the fear of the dentist can be crippling can easily make a huge difference in your oral health. Most people know that they have to go to the dentist but many people have to overcome some barriers to actually get to the dentist. Some of the biggest barriers are:

  • Fear of the dentist
  • Financing the visit
  • Embarrassment

Relax | Sedation Therapy is AvailableFear of the dentist is not uncommon. There are a lot of people that are afraid of the dentist. The range of fears run the gamut. Some people are afraid of the pain that they may experience. Some people just do not like the idea of having to sit in a dental chair and have someone touch their mouths. Whatever your fear is it can be overcome with a kind caring compassionate dentist that understands that your fear is real and it has to be addressed.

Financing Options

It can be costly to have restorative work done and the right dentist will understand that even with insurance it can get expensive. Financing options can help you to make easy affordable payments to get the smile that you deserve. Not having to pay all at once can make a huge difference in the cost effectiveness of dental procedures that your insurance will not cover. It is a great opportunity to get the work that you need finally done.


A lot of people feel that their teeth are too far gone to really do anything about it. They feel uncomfortable with the state of their teeth. They avoid the dentist because they feel embarrassed about their teeth. The right dentist understands that you may be uncomfortable with the current condition of your teeth and will take extra care to make you feel comfortable.

No matter what it is that has been keeping you from the dentist the obstacles can be overcome. Do not let common fears and barriers stand in your way of feeling more comfortable, living without pain and having a smile you can be proud of. There are dentists that can care for the whole person and help you to relax your fears no matter what they may be. Get the help you deserve and let a professional set aside your fear of the dentist or help you to figure out financing options today!