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A Brighter Smile for the New Year

December 28th, 2018

The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start for you and your smile. At Siamac Mashod Family Dentistry, a brighter smile is quick and easy!

Given the latest in whitening technology, whiter teeth are only an appointment away. Teeth whitening is a safe, quick, and inexpensive way to create the dream smile you’ve always desired. We can offer a safe method that corrects tooth discolorations that may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical effects.

So, start the new year off right and get a whiter smile today! Give us a call at our convenient Jacksonville office to schedule an appointment!

How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety

December 21st, 2018

Sometimes people feel a tiny bit nervous when they sit in the dental chair. And sometimes it’s more than a tiny bit. If your anxiety over visiting the office leads you to skip regular checkups and cleanings, or, worse, if you would rather suffer tooth or gum pain than give us a call—give our Jacksonville office a call! Sedation dentistry might be just the procedure you need to make dental anxiety a thing of the past.

Dr. Mashod and our team are trained to administer sedation and to monitor your responses throughout. And we want you to have all the information you need to decide on any dental treatment, including sedation. We will tell you of any risks, and describe the procedure in detail. If you have any health conditions or take any medications that might interfere with sedation, we can discuss your options with you and your doctor to make sure you are a good candidate. We will explain any preparations you should take, and let you know if there is a window of recovery time needed in our office while the sedation wears off.

Don’t let yourself suffer dental pain because you suffer from dental anxiety! Please call us to discuss sedation. We are trained to administer the treatment you choose gently and safely. Above all, we want to help you keep your smile the heathiest it can be, and that only happens when you have regular dental care. Let us work with you to make that care as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

What NOT to Eat after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

December 14th, 2018

Now that you’re having your wisdom teeth removed at our Jacksonville office, you’re probably looking forward to spending a few days on the couch with a cool dish of ice cream in hand. Good! Give yourself time to heal, and choose foods that will be soothing and safe for your mouth as you recover. We’ll provide you with detailed instructions on how to take care of yourself immediately after your surgery, and that includes suggesting the best menu options.

But while you’re making your post-wisdom teeth shopping list, there are several kinds of foods and beverages that should be crossed right off. If it’s small, spicy, sticky, or steamy, put it back on the shelf. Spirits? Not this round. Drinks with straws? Absolutely not. Items like these can undermine your healing and recovery.

  • Small and Crunchy

Any small particles, such as seeds or grains, or items like cookies, crackers, nuts, and popcorn which turn into small particles, can wind up lodged in the surgical site where your tooth was removed. These particles can also interfere with the blood clot that forms to protect the socket as it heals. If the clot is dislodged, there is a chance that a painful condition called “dry socket” can develop.

  • Spicy

Spicy and acidic foods can irritate delicate gum tissue. It’s best to wait until your gums are back to normal before uncapping the hot sauce.

  • Sticky

Sticky, crunchy, and chewy foods can be hard on the extraction site, so stick to a soft diet until you have healed. Now is the time to try all the pudding flavors!

  • Steamy

Piping hot foods and drinks can interfere with the protective clot—ask us about the best time to resume your morning coffee.

  • Spirits

Mixing pain medication and alcohol can be dangerous. Talk to Dr. Mashod about possible interactions. And some studies have suggested that alcohol use slows healing, so even without pain medication, it could be a good idea to wait until you are healed to toast your beautiful smile.

  • Straws

And last, but by no means least, leave the straws in their little paper wrappers! Any kind of suction brings a real risk of dislodging the protective blood clot that has formed at the surgical site. Milkshakes are delicious, but eat them with a spoon. (And please, no cigarettes!)

Follow our suggestions for a soothing, safe diet, and you will be enjoying your regular menu favorites in no time. So rest, relax, eat sensibly, and enjoy that second bowl of ice cream. Doctor’s orders!

Ready for 2019

December 13th, 2018

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to take on the new year! We believe that setting resolutions or goals is like setting a foundation for yourself. It keeps you positive, it keeps you on track, and it’s extra rewarding once you start seeing results. For 2019 our goal is to continue to grow our patient base and have a positive impact in our community by doing what we love.

Outside of work, we plan on getting healthier and kicking bad habits to the curb. We’re also working on being more patient and being the best possible version of ourselves for our friends and families. If we can sneak in a trip to Miami or somewhere with beautiful beaches in between, then that’s just the cherry on top.

Many of us will celebrate the holiday season by going to the light festival at St. Augustine. There’s nothing quite like traditions with family and loved ones!

We’re welcoming 2019 with open arms and can’t wait to hear what you have planned for the holidays!

P.S. Don’t forget that if you leave a positive review for us on Google, we’ll give you a discount at your next appointment! Don’t hesitate to give us a call for more details.

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