Dentist Blog
By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
November 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gingivitis  

If you are experiencing swollen or bleeding gums, it may be time to visit your Greenville dentist in Greenville, NC. Dr. Norberto Velazquez and Dr. Laura Davila can provide expert care to help treat your gum issues.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a common gum disease that causes irritation, swelling, and bleeding in the gums. According to the American Dental Association, one in every three adults suffer from this painful condition. Signs of gum disease include :

  • Red, puffy and tender gums
  • Gum pain when eating spicy foods or hot liquids
  • Swollen gums that bleed easily after brushing

If left untreated, gum disease can advance to periodontitis, which has been associated with more serious problems like heart disease. This is the most advanced stage of gum disease, where inflamed gums pull away from the teeth.

What Causes Gingivitis?

The most common causes of gum disease include poor dental hygiene, smoking, and stress. Avoid tobacco use and make sure that you brush and floss at least twice a day.

You can also reduce your risk of gum disease by maintaining a healthy diet that includes leafy green vegetables and other foods high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free radicals that contribute to heart disease, cancer development, and the breakdown of collagen, which is needed for healthy gums. Your teeth also need collagen.

How Can My Dentist Help Treat Gingivitis?

When you visit your Greenville dentist in Greenville, NC, we will check for signs of gum disease during your bi-annual check-up. The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist once every six months for a cleaning.

As long as you come to our office for regular visits, we can begin treating gum disease early. It can actually be reversed if caught early enough - and if you follow proper care at home.

Professional dental cleaning by our staff can remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that build up on teeth and below the gum line.

We may also suggest scaling and root planning - a non-surgical solution to fight the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and gingivitis. Scaling and root planing is a process of removing plaque, tartar, and calculus from your teeth, as well as smoothing any rough areas on your roots or at the bottom of pockets where plaque can accumulate.

Don't live with bleeding or swollen gums. It could be a sign of a bigger problem. Please visit your local Greenville dentist in Greenville, NC, for treatment. Dr. Velazquez and Dr. Davila will diagnose and treat oral issues with professional expertise. Call us at (252) 756-7789 for an appointment today.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
September 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

How preventive care from your family dentists in Greenville, NC, can help protect your smile

How much do you know about preventive dental care? Did you know it can save your smile? Did you know it can save you money in the long run? The truth is, preventive dental care can keep you smiling, and keep you proud of your smile.

Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez at Davila & Velazquez in Greenville, NC, offer a wide range of family dentistry services, including preventive care to protect your smile.

So, what is preventive dental care? Some preventive care includes what you do at home, like brushing and flossing.

In fact, you need to:

Brush your teeth after each meal and before you go to bed. Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush because medium and hard-bristled toothbrushes can actually harm your teeth and gums. Brush gently, in a circular motion, covering all tooth surfaces, and don’t forget your back teeth.

Floss at least once each day with waxed or unwaxed floss, or floss picks if you have dexterity or arthritis issues. Make sure you wrap the floss around the tooth surface as you guide the floss down between your teeth. This wrapping method helps the floss stay against the tooth surface.

Your dentist and dental hygienist are also an important part of preventive care, because:

Your dentist can do a comprehensive dental examination, including x-rays, checking for tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other dental problems. By identifying and treating problems early, it can save you money and needless tooth pain. Your dentist will also do a screening exam for oral cancer, which could potentially save your life.

Your dental hygienist can perform a thorough cleaning, removing soft and hard deposits which can cause tooth decay and gum or periodontal disease. Your dental hygienist can also show you how to keep your smile healthy between appointments.

To learn more about the importance of preventive care and how it can protect your smile, call Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez at Davila & Velazquez in Greenville, NC. You can reach them at (252) 756-7789, so call now!

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
April 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Are you dealing with a crooked smile? Braces from your Greenville, NC, dentists, Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez, can help. Having a straight smile is not only beautiful, but it's also better for your oral health and general health.

Misaligned teeth are harder to clean with brushing and flossing. They can also affect your chewing ability and speech. Fortunately, we offer several types of braces in Greenville, NC, to help correct your smile.

Traditional Metal Braces

They are made of metal and gently shift your teeth into the desired position using brackets and wires. They are the best option for moderate to severe orthodontic issues. Patients even get to choose the color of the bands used with traditional braces.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a tooth-colored alternative to the traditional ones. They blend in better with your smile, but they do come at a higher cost. They can correct almost all orthodontic concerns. If you choose ceramic braces, you have to be careful when eating and drinking because they can get stained easily.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed on the backs of your teeth instead of the fronts, so they are hidden from sight. They can't correct as many alignment issues, and they are not as comfortable because they come into contact with your tongue.


We offer Invisalign for teens and adults. This treatment is made up of clear aligner trays that are replaced every two weeks. They are almost invisible and removable. You will have to wear them for about 22 hours per day. They require more self-disciple but are the most discrete orthodontic treatment.

Are you ready for a straight smile? Braces from your Greenville, NC, dentists, Dr. Dávila and Dr. Velázquez, can transform your smile. Your dentists can help you decide which kind of braces are best for your needs. Call us at (252) 756-7789 to schedule an appointment today.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

A healthy, beautiful smile is a great confidence booster, but whether due to age, damage, or even genetics, our teeth aren't always as beautiful as we would like. If your smile could use a touch-up, consider cosmetic dentistry from Drs. Davila and Velazquez in Greenville.

At our Greenville office, we offer several cosmetic dentistry options, so you are sure to find the right solution for your smile. Here are some of the procedures we can offer you:


If your teeth are dull, graying, or yellowed, professional whitening from our Greenville office can brighten your teeth dramatically. We use a higher level of peroxide than what is offered in an at-home whitening kit, so your whitening results are longer lasting and more intense.

Dental Bonding

Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged can benefit from dental bonding, which fills in and conceals imperfections. Using a composite tinted to match your tooth, your dentist will cover the damage and mold the material to fit the size and shape of your natural teeth. Once cured, the composite will become permanent and durable.

Crooked or uneven teeth

Dental veneers from our Greenville office improve the appearance of your smile instantly. Veneers are custom-sized and shaped to look natural and attractive, and are cemented to the surface of your natural teeth. Dental veneers provide straightening without the wait time of braces or retainers.

Dental implants

For teeth that are missing or require removal due to severe damage or decay, dental implants fill the gap to complete your smile. Your dentist uses a screw-like post to act as the root for an artificial tooth, tinted, shaped, and sized to match the rest of your teeth. Dental implants permanently improve the look and health of your smile.

Find the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for you at our Greenville office. Call us today at 252-756-7789.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do know what osseointegration is? It's the main reason why dental implants, today's most popular tooth replacement, are so effective. Placed by your dentists, Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Nobert Velazquez, in their Greenville, NC, practice, implants benefit patients in so many ways. Learn about osseointegration and implant benefits here.

Replacing a tooth

Tooth replacement eliminates smile gaps, improves self-esteem, maximizes biting, chewing, and digestion, and supports remaining teeth. When a patient has sufficient bone in his or her jaw, Dr. Davila or Dr. Velazquez recommend dental implants as the optimal dental prosthetic.

Better than conventional partials, bridges, and full dentures, dental implants actually improve jaw bone quality. They provide sturdy anchorage for later placement of a metal post and porcelain crown or dentures as need dictates.

You see, dental implants resemble screws, and because they are made of titanium, they actually fuse with the bone when your dentist surgically places one in your jaw. This bonding action is termed osseointegration. A dental implant integrated with this way acts and feels just like a real tooth root as it transfers the stresses of biting to the bone. ScienceDirect says this transfer exercises the bone and keeps it strong. What an amazing benefit!

Other benefits of dental implants

Our dentists find that their implant patients in the Greenville, NC, area enjoy a wide range of implant advantages, such as:

  • Natural smile appearance; no one can tell you have an implant, and your face will retain youthful shape and size
  • No decay; however, you must brush and floss carefully to remove toxic food residues
  • Natural-sounding speech
  • Stability and easy care; implants are not removable and require no adhesive, special soaking, or denture pastes
  • No more embarrassment; implants cannot slip, slide and click as dentures can
  • One-time procedure; they last a lifetime, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness

Healthy teeth and a healthy you

Failing teeth are a real danger to your systemic health. So, replacing them with state of the art dental implants contributes to great oral health and function and vibrant overall health.

For more information on beneficial dental implants, call our Greenville, NC, office at (252) 756-7789 today for an informative consultation and exam. Dr. Davila and Dr. Velazquez love talking to their patients about osseointegration and these great artificial teeth.

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