James L. Schumacher, DMD Blog

6 Steps to Follow When You Chip a Tooth

October 25, 2021

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woman getting a chipped tooth in Jacksonville fixed

Though tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body, there are still tons of ways that it can get damaged. You can chip a tooth by eating hard foods, using your teeth as tools to open things with, and various other ways. A chipped tooth in Jacksonville is often alarming, but don’t panic! Just follow these six steps you should take while you’re waiting to have it repaired to protect it from further harm.

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Inject Youth into Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

October 4, 2021

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mature woman smiling at the camera

Being a vampire must be great since they never age and have superhuman abilities.

What’s that you say? True, the drinking blood part is a major bummer.

At least you can have the eternally youthful smile of a vampire – minus the fangs – thanks to the wonders of cosmetic dentistry! Keep reading to discover the problems it can address and the options your dentist has to help you look younger.

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Smoking and Dry Mouth: A Recipe for Oral Health Problems

September 17, 2021

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woman smoking cigarette with dry mouth in Jacksonville

Ever since you started smoking cigarettes, you’ve noticed that your mouth seems dryer than it used to. While smoking can have a range of negative effects on one’s oral health, dry mouth alone can lead to a number of issues. Here are some of the effects dry mouth has on your overall oral health and what you can do to avoid them.

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Is Chewing on Ice Bad for Your Smile?

August 20, 2021

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Glass filled with ice cubesIf you tend to chomp on ice, you are opening the door to a dental emergency. Although your enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it isn’t indestructible. It can’t withstand the pressure of ice chewing, which can lead to a broken or fractured tooth. Don’t let your habit of chewing on ice in Jacksonville leave a lasting mark on your smile. Here’s how to curb your addiction, even on a hot summer day.

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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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