Dentist Blog
By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
October 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothache  

If you are experiencing any toothache, Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez, family dentists in Greenville, North Carolina, are available to alleviate your pain today. Read below to find out the most common causes of a toothache.

Infection

One of the most common causes for a toothache is decay that has spread beyond the enamel of a tooth. When this happens, the soft tissues that make up the inside of the tooth become infected and often cause pain because of the proximity to nerves. In this case, your Greenville family dentist will likely recommend a root canal to remove the infection and replace the structures inside the tooth with a rubber filling to keep it strong and stable.

Breakage

A simple chip or break in a tooth usually doesn't cause any symptoms. A deep crack or significant break from an accident, however, may produce similar symptoms as described above. This is because the nerves inside the tooth, which are normally protected from stimuli, are responding to the absence of enamel or the change in the environment on the outside of the tooth. A root canal and a crown can help solve this problem for you.

Trapped Food

The most simple and easily treated cause of a toothache is a piece of food that's become stuck between the teeth. Usually, this is something solid and tiny, such as a popcorn hull or blackberry seed, but the pain can be unrelenting. The offending object is often easily removed with some floss and a little persistence, but if you're having trouble dislodging it, give your Greenville family dentist a call for some help.

For the entire spectrum of your family's dental health, trust Drs. Davila and Velazquez in Greenville, North Carolina. Contact our office today at (252) 756-7789 for an appointment!

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
July 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good Oral HygieneCaring for your smile can be a challenging task, especially if you are unaware of which good oral hygiene habits make up a strong oral care routine. However, arming yourself with knowledge can keep your teeth healthy and clean for a lifetime. Learn more about good oral hygiene and what it means for you with husband and wife team Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez at their practice in Greenville, NC.

How should I care for my teeth daily?
Caring for your teeth is an everyday task which ensures that your smile stays free from plaque and tartar, which are the first stages of teeth decay. The American Dental Association advises that you should brush twice daily with a soft toothbrush for at least two minutes using short, back and forth motions. Floss between each tooth at least once a day and ensure that you reach up and under the gums as well.

What else can I do to keep my teeth healthy? 
Be sure to change your toothbrush for a fresh one when it begins to show signs of wear. Just like with a broom, the bristles begin to bend and cannot reach the tighter or more cramped areas of the mouth. Eat foods high in calcium like leafy greens and dairy. This helps keep your teeth healthy and strong from the inside out. In addition to a good diet with hearty and healthy foods, you should also see your dentist for routine preventative examinations and cleanings.

How often should I see my dentist? 
The American Dental Association also advises dental examinations and cleanings at least twice a year. These preventative visits provide the opportunity to find and treat issues like cavities or gum disease in the earliest stages with the least invasive and complex procedures. Regular cleanings remove any plaque or tartar buildup brushing or flossing may have missed and provide you with a clean slate to work with until your next appointment.

Good Oral Hygiene in Greenville, NC 
Keeping up with your smile is crucial to your overall health. Though you may believe that you should only see the dentist if something hurts, you can prevent a toothache altogether with regular visits and proper oral hygiene.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits, please contact Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez at their practice in Greenville, NC. Call (252) 756-7789 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You've likely experienced the frustration and confusion of a phone call where every other word is cut off due to poor reception. Those dental implants"gaps" can make a big difference in how information is communicated. Similarly, when you have missing teeth, you may be sending the wrong message to those with whom you interact. At Davila and Velazquez in Greenville, NC, our dentists use dental implants as a permanent and attractive way to close those gaps, improving both your confidence and your dental health. Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez answer a few questions about the benefits of dental implants here.

Why is a full smile important?

Many research studies have shown that having a nice smile is seen as a measure of success, attractiveness, even trustworthiness upon first meeting someone. Conversely, people tend to perceive those who have missing teeth as being unhealthy or lazy. Your Greenville dentist knows that tooth loss is a common occurrence, but also understands that first impressions are essential. Dental implants fill in the gaps left by missing teeth perfectly; no one will know they're not your real teeth!

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants start with a small metal post that rests in the space where your missing tooth once was. Over time, the small divot that your Greenville dentist creates in your jawbone will grow back, allowing the post to essentially become part of your anatomy. It's then that the abutment that connects the post to the final portion of the implant, called the crown, can be attached. Although it sounds like an in-depth procedure, placing a dental implant doesn't take much time at all and can be performed at our office.

To set up a consultation regarding dental implants or any of the other services we offer, contact the dental office of Dr. Davila and Dr. Velazquez in Greenville, NC today!

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
December 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Looking for a dental practitioner your whole family will love? A family dentist provides dental care to patients of all ages. A family dentist family dentistcan provide everything your family needs at one office. Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez are some of the finest family dentists in Greenville, NC. Here are some reasons why you should have a family dentist.

Education & Training

Family dentists typically have more training than general and pediatric dentists. They have completed at least eight years of education and received a dental degree. These practitioners have received the proper education and additional training needed to work with kids. Family dentists must obtain licensure from their state board of dentistry to practice in the profession. Licensing requirements vary by location.

Dental Care Services

Family dentists work with patients to manage their oral health. Dental exams and professional dental cleanings are part of the job, along with treatment of dental problems like cavities and tooth infections. Family dentists also offer cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your smile.

One-Stop-Shopping

One-stop-shopping dental practices have become very popular in the United States. With the hectic pace of our busy lifestyles, we all look for ways to save time and make our lives. A trip to a family dentist can mean fewer office visits. You will save time by having the same Greenville dentist treat your entire family.

A Lifetime of Dental Care

Pediatric dentists provide dental care for children. When you take your children to a pediatric dentist, they will receive dental care into their teenage years. After that time, they will need to search for another dental practitioner. Your children can see a family dentist throughout their entire lives.

Healy smiles are happy smiles! Call our dental office at 252-756-7789 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Greenville, NC. You can count on us to provide your whole family with quality dental care in a friendly, family-oriented environment. Healthy, gorgeous smiles are what we do best.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics  

Are you interested in knowing how your Greenville, NC, dentists can help you?braces

Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez can offer you and your child the dental care you need. They can identify the problems your child is suffering from, create a custom plan according to what needs to be done and, finally, execute the necessary orthodontic treatments.

What to Know About Braces

The purpose of braces is to fix a bad bite and malocclusions, which is when teeth are crooked or crowded. These issues are noticed between the ages of 6 and 12, so orthodontic treatment usually begins around the ages of 8 to 14, while the child's bone structure is still developing.

The duration of treatment varies from one person to another but can last up to 3 years. The braces move your child's teeth into their proper positions and, after your child no longer needs to wear braces, he or she will need to wear a retainer so their teeth don't shift back into their crooked positions.

Side Effects of not Having Braces:

If you don't allow your Greenville dentist to fix your child's bad bite, they may suffer from other severe problems:

  • Extreme tooth decay that can lead to tooth loss
  • The deterioration of tooth enamel and formation of gum disease
  • Crooked teeth that can affect speech, chewing and bite

How to Care for Your Braces:

There are several things to take into consideration when maintaining your dental health:

  • Avoid eating certain foods, such as popcorn, corn, sticky foods...etc.
  • Make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport.
  • Don't skip your dentist's appointment to ensure braces are adjusted properly and there's no hard-to-reach plaque that can cause gum disease.
  • Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure your child changes his or her toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles are worn out or frayed.

For more information about braces and the best options for your child, call your dentists, Dr. Dávila and Dr. Velázquez, in Greenville, NC. Call their office at (252) 756-7789 to schedule an appointment today!





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