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Is gingivitis preventable?

July 19th, 2017

The earliest sign of gum disease is called gingivitis (sometimes called periodontal disease), and is an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to gum tissue loss, loss of bone that supports the teeth, and eventually tooth loss. The good news is that gingivitis is easily treatable at our office. Better yet, gingivitis is nearly 100 percent preventable.

Gingivitis is usually caused when plaque and bacteria accumulate on the gums, generally due to poor oral hygiene. A patient with gingivitis will have red and puffy gums that will likely bleed when he or she brushes or flosses.

It is almost entirely within our patients’ power to prevent gingivitis by brushing and flossing on a daily basis. In addition to good oral health habits, regular visits to see Dr. Richard Mullens will also help with early detection. We can often detect minor inflammation and other signs of gingivitis before it causes any discomfort or issues.

If left untreated, gingivitis will eventually progress to periodontitis, a breakdown of the tissue and bone that support the teeth. Smokers, women who are pregnant or menopausal, people with heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy or HIV infection, and people who suffer from poor nutrition are more likely to have gum disease.

To learn more about gingivitis, or if you suspect you have gingivitis, we encourage you to give us a call at our Jacksonville, FL office today!

Is your child a mouth breather?

July 12th, 2017

Have you ever watched to see if your child is breathing through his or her mouth? Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose may lead to trouble for youngsters. Kids who typically breathe through their mouth—most often children who suffer from allergies—experience problems getting enough oxygen into their blood, a condition that affects their weight, size, sleep, and even their performance in the classroom and daily life.

Mouth breathing as a child can also lead to sleep apnea, behavior and learning problems, delayed speech, dental and facial abnormalities, and even breathing problems as your child grows. There are a multitude of reasons for an individual to mouth breathe, such as enlarged tonsils, adenoids, and deviated nasal septum, but the cause is usually allergies.

As bad as the condition sounds, we want you to know mouth breathing is a treatable condition. Doing so, though, requires early diagnosis and treatment. Since our team at our office sees our patients every six months, we may be in a position to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing.

If you suspect your child is a chronic mouth breather, please give us a call at our convenient Jacksonville, FL office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Mullens.

Welcome Dr. Nguyen!

July 10th, 2017

Dear Revered Patient Family,

For more than 26 years, our practice has attempted to serve two simple missions: provide the highest level of dental care we can achieve and offer exceptional personal service to our patients. Many of you have trusted your oral health to us literally for decades; your loyalty and generous referrals have allowed our practice to expand in both its size and in the scope of the services that we offer.  Please accept our sincere thank you for the honor and privilege of allowing us to serve you.

In reaffirming our mission of exceptional care and service, I have spent the past two years searching for the perfect doctor to join our team in order to help me meet the growing demand of our patient family.  We all are very proud and excited to announce that Dr. James H. Nguyen (pronounced “Wynn”) will join our dental team later this month.

I performed an exhaustive search in order to hand pick Dr. Nguyen from numerous candidates. From the moment of our first meeting, it was evident to me that Dr. Nguyen and I shared a mutual passion for both the quality and scope of our work, as well as for the manner in which we provide it.  I consulted with faculty from The University of Florida College of Dentistry, and I found out that Dr. Nguyen was a highly decorated student, recognized not only for his technical abilities, but also for his genuine concern for his patients’ well-being.  Just last week, Dr. Nguyen received his certificate from a two year residency in Advanced General Dentistry, which I feel makes him uniquely qualified to join me in meeting the demands of our sophisticated practice.

Dr. Nguyen will join our dental family and begin seeing patients on July 24.  We cannot wait to introduce him to each of you!  In the meantime, please be sure to check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rcmdds/) and blog (http://www.rcmdds.com/blog) for further information on Dr. Nguyen, as well as additional exciting news about our office in the coming weeks. We are also in the process of updating our website with all of our exciting announcements and a more in-depth introduction to Dr. Nguyen.

In closing, on behalf of my entire team, allow me once more to offer my heartfelt thanks for your loyalty to our practice.  We look forward to continuing to provide each of you with expert and timely care.

Sincerely,

Richard C. Mullens, DDS

Tell us about your summer!

July 5th, 2017

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Dr. Richard Mullens and our team to ask our patients about their summer!

Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed in Jacksonville, FL and relaxed, we want to know how you’re all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!