Dentist Auburn, AL
Jim Phillips Jr., D.M.D. Family Dentistry
761 N Dean Rd
Auburn, AL 36830
(334) 821-5291
By Phillips Family Dentistry
April 17, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Oral Hygiene Your Auburn, AL dentist is here to help even the most meticulous brusher brush up on their oral care regime.

Do you fancy yourself an oral hygiene expert? Do you think you know everything there is to know about brushing and flossing your teeth? Well, you might be surprised to find out that your Auburn, AL dentist has some handy tips that you may have never even heard of before:

Changing Your Toothbrush

How often do you replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head? If you don’t remember the last time you did it then chances are pretty good that you haven’t been keeping up with your toothbrush maintenance. A toothbrush should be replaced every three months, or when you start to notice the bristles are fraying. Once this occurs you aren’t going to get the most effective cleaning. However, there are a couple other scenarios in which you will want to replace your toothbrush right away:

After traveling: it might seem a little paranoid but germs can easily collect on your toothbrush while in your suitcase, a hotel bathroom or airport security. Play it safe and replace your toothbrush once you finally get home.

After an illness: If you’ve been sick then chances are pretty good that the bacteria and germs are still resting on your toothbrush; therefore, the minute you begin to feel better you better replace your toothbrush so you don’t risk getting sick again.

Someone else uses your toothbrush: This may be a rather unlikely scenario but even if your significant other or child borrows your toothbrush you need to throw out your toothbrush immediately. You should never share a brush! It doesn't matter how close you are to that person. If someone accidentally uses your brush then it’s time to toss it and start fresh!

Time Your Brushing

Do you know how long you should be brushing your teeth for? Every time you brush (which should be at least twice a day; three is optimal) you should be brushing for at least two minutes. While you might think you are brushing long enough, you might be surprised. Your Auburn, Al dentist can tell you that a lot of people don’t even brush for one full minute. The solution? Set a timer every time you get ready to brush.

If you don’t have a timer, consider purchasing an electronic toothbrush that offers the self-timer feature. That way you can focus on effectively cleaning your teeth while your toothbrush worries about timing your sessions.

Know When to Floss

Everyone, even children, should be flossing at least once a day. Flossing is the most effective way to remove debris from between teeth. One important change you should make it flossing before you brush. This way you can remove as much debris beforehand so your fluoridated toothpaste can easily get into those spaces between teeth for a more effective cleaning.

If you have any questions about your at-home oral care, don’t hesitate to call your Auburn, AL dentist, Dr. Jim Phillips, Jr. DMD with Phillips Family Dentistry.

By Phillips Family Dentistry
February 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Cancer  

Oral CancerDespite the fact that the Oral Cancer Foundation has stated that the death rate for oral cancer is higher than the death rate for more commonly feared cancers including cervical cancer and skin cancer, many Auburn, AL residents aren't visiting their dentists for oral cancer screenings as often as they should. If you are one of the many people who haven't made it in to see Auburn, AL dentist Jim Phillips, Jr., DMD in a while, today is the day to change that.

As if the thought of having cancer wasn't scary enough, one aspect of oral cancer that makes it especially frightening is the fact that symptoms often do not appear until the cancer has spread. Just because you haven't noticed any symptoms doesn't mean that you aren't at risk or that you don't already have the disease. The cancer could be spreading inside you without you even knowing it. This is why routine oral cancer screening is so important.

What are the Early Signs of Oral Cancer?

While symptoms will vary by individual, the following symptoms are often associated with oral cancer: difficulty chewing or swallowing, difficulty moving the tongue, dry or irritated patches in the throat, numbness, swelling and pain. Unfortunately, these signs often do not appear until after the cancer has spread, so if you notice any of them, you will want to visit Auburn, AL dentist Dr. Phillips for an oral cancer screening right away.

How Often Should I Be Screened For Oral Cancer?

While opinions vary, on average, dental health professionals recommend that Auburn, AL residents visit their dentist for an oral cancer screening every year. The American Dental Association even goes so far as to recommend that patients receive an oral cancer screening at every routine office visit. Oral cancer is serious business, and the sooner it is caught, the better.

What are the Risk Factors for Oral Cancer?

Of course, the amount of time in between each individual patient's screenings will vary based on their risk factors, with those individuals with many risk factors being screened more frequently. Risk factors for oral cancer include: alcohol use, tobacco use, sun exposure, HPV exposure, gender, diet and age.

Oral cancer may not be as widely feared as many of the other types of cancer, but it's still just as dangerous. Protect your oral health by visiting Dr. Phillips and having an oral cancer screening done today. Your health might just depend on it.

By Phillips Family Dentistry
January 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Find out how Opalescence at-home whitening can give you a brighter smile.

The New Year is a wonderful time to consider ways to revamp and improve your look. If you’re tired of dealing with coffee and red wine stains and you’re ready to do something about it, then consider how teeth whitening in Auburn could help! 

Maybe you don’t like the idea of sitting in the dentist chair for an hour to get your teeth whitened or you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option. That’s why your Auburn dentist is pleased to offer Opalescence take-home whitening, so you can now get the professional results you want in the comfort of your own home.

How does Opalescence teeth whitening work?

Our patients deal with two forms of dental stains. Some stains are external, coloring only the surface of your teeth, while others are internal and lie in the deeper cracks within your enamel. While some over-the-counter whitening products can remove the external stains, only our Opalescence whitening system can also remove those pesky internal stains. Through this system’s highly concentrated whitening gel, the system is able to target your discolored enamel to break down those stain molecules.

Why should I opt for Opalescence teeth whitening in Auburn?

One of the major benefits of opting for professional teeth whitening from your dentist is that you will get more noticeable results than you if were to choose any of commercial whitening toothpastes or rinses. Our whitening gel contains potassium nitrate, which is known to reduce tooth sensitivity. It also has fluoride, which prevents cavities and strengthens enamel. Therefore the gel used in this system can actually protect your smile.

Furthermore this at-home teeth whitening system is available in four different concentrations to allow for different treatment strengths. This means we can easily whiten teeth while catering to any tooth sensitivity you might have.

If you don’t have time to worry about getting impressions and custom-made dental trays but you still want to get a whiter smile, that’s no problem! Opalescence Go lets you whiten your teeth without needing impressions or customized trays. Everything you need is already in the system. This is also ideal for those looking for whitening touch-ups between treatments.

How often do I need to use my Opalescence teeth whitening?

This will depend on the level of whitening concentration you decide on; however, some patients can opt to wear their customized whitening trays overnight while others only wear them for about 30 minutes each day. This at-home whitening system gives you a lot of flexibility.

To find out more about our Opalescence at-home whitening and whether it’s right for you, call your Auburn dentist Dr. Jim Phillips, Jr. today. We would be happy to answer any of your questions!"

By Dr. Jim Phillips, Jr., DMD
December 12, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

There are things you can do at home to keep your teeth fresh, healthy and white. Here are three ways to keep your smile glowing and healthy between appointments with Dr. Jim Phillips, Jr., DMD, dentist Auburn, AL. 

Drink and Eat More Dairy
Dairy products, like milk, yogurt and cheese are good for your dental health. Dairy contains calcium which is crucial for White Teethmaintaining strong bones and teeth. Also, a 2013 study by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) found that cheese in particular helps prevent cavities and raises the pH level in your mouth after just 10-30 minutes. A pH level above 5.5 is good for protecting your teeth from acid erosion. 

Eat More Apples and Crunchy Fruit
There’s a reason for the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor/dentist away." Apples, pears and similar crunchy fruits are great at cleaning the teeth and stimulating saliva that protects your teeth from acid erosion and staining. So between your appointments with Dr. Phillips, Jr., dentist Auburn, AL, make it a point to eat at least one apple each day as a snack—especially if it’s after a large meal.

Brush with a Whitening Paste
You can keep your teeth bright by brushing with an ADA (American Dental Association) approved toothpaste that has whitening properties. These products have ingredients targeted at brightening your smile with daily use. Some toothpastes can help protect your teeth throughout the day so that the foods you eat won’t stain the enamel. 

Visit Phillips Family Dentistry for Professional Whitening
For the most reliable whitening results, visit the office of Dr. Jim Phillips, Jr., DMD, dentist Auburn, AL. Reach his office at (334) 821-5291 or visit to learn more about his whitening services."

May 27, 2010
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