James L. Schumacher, DMD Blog

Is a Chipped Tooth a Dental Emergency?

August 16, 2021

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Model of a chipped toothYour enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it isn’t indestructible. Since the beginning of the pandemic, dentists have seen a 63% increase in chipped teeth. The damage can be caused by several factors, like stress-related oral health conditions, such as bruxism. Not to mention, many people have skipped routine appointments, causing dental issues to go undetected until they turn into a bigger problem. Of course, trauma to the mouth also contributes to chipped teeth. If you suddenly find yourself with a chipped tooth, do you know what to do? Even if it doesn’t seem significant, you need to visit an emergency dentist.

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Watch Out! These Bad Habits Can Damage Your Teeth

July 8, 2021

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person biting their nails

Everyone knows about the importance of proper dental care. Brushing, flossing, and regularly seeing your dentist are extremely critical practices that keep your mouth healthy. But have you ever thought about how your habits affect your oral health? There might be something you’re doing every day that’s putting your smile at risk. Read on to learn which harmful habits you should steer clear of.

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Is the COVID Pandemic Causing Cracked Teeth?

June 23, 2021

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Man at dentist for cracked teeth in JacksonvilleWe’ve witnessed countless changes over the past year as we have all worked together to combat the COVID pandemic. Besides spending more time at home, dentists have also seen several changes in their patients’ oral health. Dental offices are seeing an increase of cracked teeth in Jacksonville since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, but why? Here’s what’s behind the sudden rise of fractured teeth.

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Why Summer Is the Perfect Time to Get Dental Implants

May 24, 2021

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happy couple on the beach showing off their dental implants in Jacksonville

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to dig through the closet to find that old bathing suit and start planning outdoor get-togethers with friends and family. However, if you’re missing teeth or wearing poorly fitting dentures, summer cookout staples like corn on the cob or ribs can be a challenge to eat. Not to mention, you might feel self-conscious about smiling or taking photos with loved ones. If you want to get back to smiling with confidence and eating with ease, consider replacing your teeth with dental implants this summer. Continue reading to find out why summer is the perfect time to get dental implants in Jacksonville.

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How Do Allergies Affect Your Oral Health?

April 2, 2021

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Woman with allergies

Spring has come around once again. You enjoy the warmer weather, but there is something that you are not looking forward to – allergies. You have already started to stock up on tissues and medicines in order to help you through the season once the big wave hits, but did you know that seasonal allergies have an effect on your oral health as well. Continue reading to learn more about seasonal allergies in Jacksonville, the oral health issues that it can cause, and some tips to help.

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The Importance of Regular Dental Care for Seniors in Independent Living

March 31, 2021

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Dentist showing senior patient their X-ray

When it comes to the condition of your teeth and gums, prevention is paramount. That’s why visiting the dentist every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning is essential, no matter how good your at-home oral hygiene regimen is. Seniors, however, are especially vulnerable to dental issues, like tooth loss and gum disease. If you have a loved one in independent living, here are three reasons it is important to make sure they receive routine dental care.

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Is a Dental Savings Plan Worth It?

February 27, 2021

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Piggy bank

A large percentage of Americans benefit from dental insurance to help them receive more affordable oral healthcare, but this isn’t always an option for everyone. Whether you are self-employed, between jobs, or your employer does not provide you with insurance, the good news is that there is another option to help you get the essential dental care you need without breaking the bank. Continue reading to learn whether a dental savings plan in Jacksonville is really worth it.

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4 Celebrities Who Have Restored Smiles Thanks to Dental Implants

January 11, 2021

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a digital image of a single tooth dental implant located between two healthy teeth on the lower arch

If you think you’re the only person who is going to have to rely on dental implants in Jacksonville to replace you missing teeth, guess again. You likely know a friend, colleague, or family member who has benefitted from these life-changing prosthetics, but did you know there are many celebrities who have also turned to implants? A local dentist shares who in Hollywood has sought this tooth replacement solution and why they are far more beneficial to your oral health than traditional treatment methods.

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4 Must-Know Tips for Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentist

December 31, 2020

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Woman smiling at reflection during dental appointment

Do you have stained, cracked, crooked, or otherwise imperfect teeth that prevent you from smiling confidently? You’re not alone. In fact, nearly 50% of U.S. adults have untagged themselves from a picture on Facebook because they didn’t like the way their smiles looked. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your dream smile – if you pick the right dentist that is. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville!

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How to Successfully Transition From Dentures to Dental Implants

November 8, 2020

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an older woman holding an apple and giving a thumbs up after receiving her new dental implants

Wearing dentures has its advantages, but it also has many disadvantages, one of which is the continual upkeep of these removable restorations. While they may appear more appealing in the beginning because of their price tag, the timely maintenance and frequent replacements often lead many patients to consider a change. If you are thinking of making the transition from dentures in Jacksonville to dental implants, read on to find out how you can do it seamlessly and successfully.

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