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By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental stains can take a serious toll on both your smile and your self-esteem. Luckily, you no longer have to live with your stained or teeth whiteningyellowed teeth thanks to professional teeth whitening treatments. But how do these treatments work? Are they the best option for you? Find out how you can say goodbye to your dental stains for good with Dr. Rick Harrison at Jax Beach Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, FL.

What can I expect from a teeth whitening session?
Teeth whitening treatments begin with a consultation to discuss your expectations for your results and allow you to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have about your whitening session. Your dentist will then place whitening gel on your teeth, where it stays for about an hour. The whitening gel uses chemical reactions between the gel itself and the stains in your teeth to break down the bonds which hold the stains’ molecules together. This dissipates the stain, providing a brighter, whiter appearance. Teeth whitening sessions normally last about 45 minutes to an hour and occur right in your dentist’s office.

Can teeth whitening benefit my smile?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, and the aesthetic benefits speak for themselves. A brighter, whiter smile you feel proud to show off boosts confidence and builds your self-esteem, allowing face-to-face encounters to be more enjoyable. As with other cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening can provide priceless results and help you feel great about the way you look.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Jacksonville Beach, FL
Your Jacksonville Beach, FL dentist is trained in FDA-approved teeth whitening procedures, allowing them to be stronger and more effective in a shorter amount of time than over-the-counter whitening products. While over-the-counter treatments do provide some results, they generally take weeks of continued use to provide the same or less dramatic results as a single professional whitening session performed by your dentist.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Rick Harrison at Jax Beach Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Call (904) 241-4237 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harrison today!

By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
March 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  

In recent decades civilization's millennia-long search for clean, safe drinking water has become much easier with modern purification methods. Today, there are few places in the United States without adequate access to potable water. And about three-fourths of the nation's tap water systems add fluoride, credited with helping to reduce tooth decay over the past half century.

But in recent years some have voiced concerns about the safety of tap water and popularizing an alternative: bottled water. Manufacturers of bottled water routinely market their products as safer and healthier than what comes out of your faucet.

But is that true? A few years ago a non-profit consumer organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) performed a detailed, comprehensive study of bottled water. Here's some of what they found.

Lack of transparency. It's not always easy to uncover bottled water sources (in some cases, it might actually begin as tap water), how it's processed, or what's in it. That's because unlike water utilities, which are rigorously monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees bottled water production with less strenuous guidelines on labeling. Eight out of the top 10 selling brands were less than forthcoming about their water's contents in EWG's investigation.

Higher cost. According to the EPA, the average consumer cost in the last decade for tap water was $2.00 per 1,000 gallons (0.2 cents per gallon). The retail cost for even bulk bottled water is exponentially higher. It can be a costly expenditure for a family to obtain most of their potable water by way of bottled—while still paying for tap water for bathing and other necessities.

Environmental impact. Bottled water is often marketed as the better environmental choice. But bottled water production, packaging and distribution can pose a significant environmental impact. EWG estimated the total production and distribution of bottled water consumes more than 30 million barrels of oil each year. And disposable plastic water bottles have become one of the fastest growing solid waste items at about 4 billion pounds annually.

While there are credible concerns about tap water contaminants, consumers can usually take matters into their own hands with an affordable and effective household filtering system.  EWG therefore recommends filtered tap water instead of bottled water for household use.

If you would like more information on drinking water options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bottled Water: Health or Hype?

By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
March 13, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”