James River Family Dentistry

Dr. Guthrie on “Virginia This Morning,” Channel 6 — Periodontal Disease

“Great Dental Advice to Keep Your Pearly Whites Healthy”

Periodontal disease, or infection of the gums, is a “silent” disease that should be monitored by your dentist every three months once diagnosed, Dr. Marci Guthrie emphasized during her June 9, 2017 appearance on “Virginia This Morning,” televised on Channel 6. “Many people are not aware they have it,” she noted, although over 80 percent of Americans have some form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the early, inflammatory stage of periodontal disease, she said.

Risk factors for gum disease include:

  • smoking
  • being age 65 or over
  • diabetes
  • stress

The bacteria associated with gum disease are “systemic,” Dr. Guthrie said, and have been implicated in heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease and low birth weight in pregnant women with untreated periodontal disease.

To protect yourself and your family from gum disease — which can be spread from sharing utensils or “kissing your significant other,” as Dr. Guthrie pointed out — daily brushing, flossing, rinsing with Listerine and using a Waterpik to irrigate your gum pockets are essential, she said.

“When we see patients who are 80 and over [who have all their teeth], we really celebrate that!” Dr. Guthrie said. Untreated periodontal disease gradually loosens teeth by destroying underlying bone. This tooth loss is preventable, but often leads to the need for dentures, Dr. Guthrie explained.

We invite you to WATCH THIS CLIP to learn more about periodontal disease and how to prevent it. Marci Guthrie, DDS, and her team at James River Family Dentistry are located at 2805 McRae Road, Richmond, VA and can be reached at (804) 323-4200.

See What Invisalign® Can Do For Your Smile

IF YOU WANTED TO STRAIGHTEN your teeth back in the day, you really only had one option–traditional metal braces. Nowadays, our patients have a variety of different options when it comes to how they would like to have their teeth straightened and what is most convenient for them. At our office, we offer Invisalign®!

Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits
Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, but if you are, it may be a great option to achieve your dream smile!

As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.

Of course one of the best perks of choosing Invisalign is being able to eat whatever you want! Because you can take your aligners off while eating and drinking, you don’t have to worry about staying away from the foods that you love. Invisalign trays also don’t affect your oral hygiene routine like traditional braces do. You can brush and floss as you normally would!

You also won’t have to worry about getting used to metal brackets that may cut into your cheeks and lips at the beginning of treatment or during sporting events. With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

As an Invisalign patient, you’ll generally have less office visits than those with traditional braces. So if you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the thing for you!

Most of our patients who have successfully done Invisalign have only one regret…that they didn’t do it sooner!

Watch the video below to hear why Fred chose Invisalign over traditional braces.

Talk To Us About Invisalign!
We want your treatment to reflect your unique smile, lifestyle and personality. Call us today to discuss any questions you might have about Invisalign! At our practice, we believe your smile deserves the very best.

Thank you for choosing our practice. We absolutely love our patients!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Dr. Guthrie on Channel 6, Virginia This Morning–Digital Dentistry!

Dentistry is forever changing and Dr. Guthrie loves to keep up with the times to bring the very best for her patients. Enjoy her segment below sharing some of her favorite toys that bring improved patient comfort, education and communication. Enjoy!

Dr. Guthrie Attends the Key Opinion Leader Ultradent Event, Miami, FL Apr 6-8, 2017

Dr. Guthrie with Joan Lunden

Dr. Guthrie was honored to be invited to attend the Key Opinion Leader Ultradent event this weekend with some of the top women dentists in the country.

Pictures first, Content below! Dr. Guthrie shares a special pearl from Joan Lunden!


Beautiful Words of Wisdom. To Life! Joan is a true inspiration!

“Had I Known” — Go get yours today!









Dr. Guthrie with Dr. Joyce Bassett from Scottsdale, Arizona


Dr. Guthrie with Dr. Ronni Schnell, Clinical Professor from Boston University


Beautiful Miami Beach in front of the Nobu Hotel

I had an amazing opportunity to spend the weekend in Miami at a KOL Ultradent event learning about new products and sharing ideas with other women dentists from all over the country.

Joan Lunden was our guest speaker and shared many pearls.  I wanted to share my favorite take home message.  Joan said “There are 2 great days in one’s life.  The day you were born, and the day you figure out why.”  How true and so powerful.  I do believe we all have a purpose for life and I am blessed to have found my purpose early.

I am grateful and work hard to truly make a difference in the lives of others.  My passion for making a difference drives me to always pursue excellence, to always further my education to stay on top of the latest products and techniques and to continue my commitment to deliver the most advanced, quality dentistry to my patients so they may achieve the best oral health.

Thank you all for trusting me with your dental needs and for the continued opportunity to allow me to make a difference.

Yours in Dental Health,

Dr. Marci Guthrie

Say Hello To Our Awesome Dental Assistant, Katie!

SOMETIMES, WE’RE GUILTY OF ASSUMING TOO MUCH, RIGHT? We recently realized that we’ve probably wrongly assumed that ALL of you—our valued patients—know Katie as well as we do! That’s probably not the case.

So, we asked Katie a few questions to help you get to know her a little better. Those questions are found below—along with her candid answers! Enjoy!

Where are you originally from? Rochester, New York

What is your favorite food?  I love ALL food!  Veggies are boring but I love them.  I also love salmon and seafood!

What is your favorite restaurant?  The Roosevelt, Love Perly’s too!

Pets? 2 black labs, Jasmine and Mae and 1 Sheppard, Lucy

What made you decide that you wanted to become a dental assistant? I had my first dental experience at a MOM Mission Project and thought it would be a great career choice for me. To this day I am glad I did!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? Spend time with my daughter and family, running, hiking, spending time outdoors

What do you enjoy most about being a dental assistant?
Besides hanging with my boss, I enjoy helping people in need of dental care, being able to comfort them and earn their trust to get through their fears of dentistry.

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Katie a little better. Here at our practice we feel really fortunate to have her as a member of our awesome team.

Do YOU Have A Question For Katie?
If so, please enter it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to pass it along to her for an answer! Also, as you know, you can always send us private questions or comments on our Facebook page.

Thanks for the trust you place in us!

Dr. Guthrie on Virginia This Morning, Channel 6–Why baby teeth are important!

Baby teeth are important.  They serve many functions, including the ability to speak, chew, smile, and hold the space for the permanent teeth growing beneath them.  Dental hygiene should begin right away with the first dental visit by age 1.  Proper home care for the baby teeth sets the stage for their health as well as the health of the future permanent teeth.  Starting dental visits at a young age allows the opportunity for children to acclimate to the dental practice, to let them see and learn it is a safe place, while building trust.   It also allows for early detection of dental problems and allows the parents to learn proper home care for their children’s teeth.  Dental decay is 100% preventable and that is our goal for all of our patients at JRFD.  Early detection and prevention is key.  The dentist can be fun!  If you have any questions regarding this segment or in general regarding your teeth or your children’s dental health, please call us at 804-323-4200.

February Is Children’s Dental Health Month


CDC REPORTS THAT 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be preventedTooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.

YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!
1. Encourage them to brush for two full minutes: Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
2. Set reminders to brush twice a day: Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
3. Show them flossing is fun, not harmful: Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.
4. Be persistent: Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
5. Set their first dental appointment before age 1: Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.

At James River Family Dentistry, we encourage new parents to bring their little ones into their own dental visits to experience the sights and sounds of the practice before their child’s first dental visit.  This allows the child to see and hear that our practice is a safe and fun environment.  All first dental visits with our children are “happy visits” where there is no pressure and each child can move at a pace that is comfortable for them.  This helps to earn your child’s trust.  We have found this technique to be successful in having our little patients look forward to all future dental visits which is always our goal!  We look forward to meeting you and your child soon!

Help Us Spread The Word!
Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

Give Kids A Smile, Feb. 3, 2017

JRFD team

Giving  Kids A Smile!

Dr. Graham Gardner dancing with the Tooth Fairy and Ms. Sparkle!

Dr. Guthrie (and Hannah) — Morning announcements and appreciation for our Sponsors–

Jes working hard collecting and organizing the paperwork from patient exams!


Watch our GKAS event featured on Channel 8 News by clicking the link below:



We had our annual Give Kids A Smile event today at the Acca Shriner’s Temple and are excited to share it was a great success! We had 180 dental volunteers and treated close to 350 children! As GKAS Chairman for the Richmond Dental Society, Dr. Guthrie helps to organize volunteers and children from area Richmond Public Schools to attend the event. They receive dental exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments. Our philosophy is prevention and this is accomplished by education on great dental habits at a young age. It is so exciting to teach and reach so many children in a single day. Ally was the sparkly star of the event as the amazing Tooth Fairy. Thank you and great job to my JRFD team and all of the volunteers who attended to help make this event an awesome success! We look forward to doing it again next year!f

Channel 6 Virginia this Morning- Dr. Guthrie’s Dental New Years Resolutions!

Dr. Guthrie was on the Virginia This Morning Show!  Watch the Channel 6 News segment by clicking the link below!


To recap the 6 Dental New Year’s Resolutions:

  1.  Tweak Your Technique—Try flossing first, before your 2 minute brushing in the morning at night.  Treat yourself to a Sonicare with a 2 minute timer and check yourself!  Healthy gums don’t bleed.
  2. Rethink Your Drink— There are loads of sugar in most drinks and frequency is key.  If you must have a sugary drink, do so with a meal and drink water or brush afterwards.  The sugar and acidic content creates a perfect environment for decay.  Even the diet drinks!
  3. Face Your Fears!--If you have been putting off dental treatment, schedule to get it done before it causes a problem.  Usually by then the treatment is more costly financially and emotionally.
  4. Kick the Habit!  Quit smoking or using any tobacco products.  Not only does it cause cancer, it also increases the risk of periodontal disease, bad breath and stained teeth.  As an alternative to the cravings, try a xylitol containing gum, mints, etc.  They can be purchased on Amazon or at www.DrJohns.com.
  5. Wear Your Nightguard! If you have a nightguard and aren’t wearing one get it out and start!  If you think you grind or clench your teeth, inquire with your dentist about getting a nightguard.  Prevention is Key!
  6. Schedule An Appointment!  Find a Dentist you Trust!  Read Online Reviews. Educate yourself on your oral health. Not only do regular visits examine your mouth for cavities and gum disease, but also screen for oral cancer, blood pressure and sleep apnea.  Take care of yourself and your smile!

We are accepting New Patients at James River Family Dentistry.  If you are interested in scheduling, please call us at 804-323-4200.  We look forward to meeting you!


New Year, New Resolutions!


HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our wonderful patients, fans, and friends!

Here at James River Family Dentistry, we are excited for the new year and wanted to take a moment to share our new year’s resolutions with you. Also, we’d love to hear YOUR resolutions too!

Here Are Some Of OUR Resolutions:

  1. Dr. Guthrie: To continue my commitment to exercising at Orange Theory 3-4x/week and to beat my personal record for the Monument 10k.
  2. Jessica: To drink more water, exercise more, eat better, get to bed at an earlier time.3.
  3. Katie: Drink more water.  Spend more time outside.  Hiking.  Eating healthier and taking my vitamins on a daily basis.
  4. Ally: Drink more water.
  5. Angela: Eat healthier and exercise more. Wants to live a healthier lifestyle.

Now Share YOUR Resolutions With Us!  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Happy New Year!