James River Family Dentistry

Are You Prepared For a Dental Emergency?

ACCIDENTS ALWAYS SEEM to happen when we least expect them. When those accidents involve tooth damage, it’s important to know what steps to take. Being prepared before a dental emergency occurs can save a damaged or knocked out tooth, prevent infection and decrease the need for extensive treatment.

Step One: Find Your Dental Home

The most important step to being well prepared for a dental emergency is establishing a dental home. This means finding a dental practice that is right for you and sticking with it. When the worst happens unexpectedly, it can be a great help to have a dentist and practice you trust by your side.

If you have found your dental home, you will likely be more familiar with their hours and know if and when your dentist provides emergency services. With an already established relationship, you know your preferred practice will be able to provide high-quality care, advice and support.

Step Two: Be Prepared

We all know accidents happen. Being “prepared” simply means knowing what to do in certain situations before a mishap actually occurs. In a dental emergency, time is of the essence–it could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), here’s how you should handle these dental emergencies:

When a baby tooth is knocked out…

If this happens to your child, contact their dentist as soon as possible. The tooth will most likely not be replanted because of potential damage to the developing permanent tooth.

When a tooth is fractured or chipped…

Contact your dentist immediately as prompt treatment is required. Rinse out your mouth with water and find any broken tooth fragments. Place the fragments in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dentist.

When a permanent tooth is knocked out…

Again, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention from your dentist. Most knocked-out teeth can be saved if a dentist is seen within 30 minutes to an hour of the accident. In the meantime, find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water (no soap), without scrubbing or cleaning it. Replace the tooth back in the socket, if possible, and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a container with cold milk, saliva or water.

We’re Here For You
If you have a dental emergency, call us immediately at 804-323-4200. We make it our priority to be here for you, rain or shine! 


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.


Richmond Dentist Inducted As A New Fellow Of The Pierre Fauchard Academy


Richmond, Va. – July 6, 2017 – Esteemed local dentist Dr. Marci S. Guthrie of James River Family Dentistry has been awarded the prestigious title of New Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy. This accomplishment is awarded to nominees who are truly outstanding and epitomize excellence in the dental community.

Fellowship is by invitation only and must have the approval of the Section in which the candidate resides or practices. According to The Pierre Fauchard Academy website,  The Pierre Fauchard Academy is currently comprised of over 10,000 Fellows divided into 120 sections. There are 55 in the United States and another 65 in many other parts of the world.

“I am honored to have been chosen to be inducted as a Fellow for this incredible organization. I look forward to actively participating, learning and growing from its resources and from my new peers in The Pierre Fauchard Academy,” states Dr. Guthrie.

The Pierre Fauchard Academy and it’s nominated Fellows agree to the mission of recognizing and growing leaders in the dental profession, their communities and society”.

Over the years, the Pierre Fauchard Academy has played a crucial role in shaping the dental profession. Some of the Academy’s objectives include: to “elevate the character, education and professional ability of dentists by making available to them dental

literature representing developments and opinions in dentistry, to encourage improvement of the oral health of the public through prevention, therapy, and restoration, as well as encourage dental students and foster advancement of their professional and scientific standards and encourage continuing education for all members of the dental profession”.

About Dr. Marci S. Guthrie

Dr. Guthrie has been practicing dentistry for 14 years. She graduated with honors from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. Dr. Guthrie continued her dental education completing an Advanced Education of General Dentistry Residency program in 2004. Dr. Guthrie prides herself on furthering her education and providing the best quality care for her patients by incorporating the latest technology in the dental field. Her work and love for dentistry does not stop in the office. She is the Chairman of the annual Give Kids A Smile event, is an active member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the Richmond Dental Society. She loves using her excitement and passion in the dental field to give back to her community.

What Others Are Saying About James River Family Dentistry

Describe your injury/condition and how it affected your life.

How many times have you heard don’t run at the pool? Yeah. Don’t run at the pool. On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, I fell at the perfect angle on concrete to break my two front teeth. And I was horrified. I’ve never had anything like that happen and I was very concerned about what it would take to get it fixed. How long would it be before I could get an appointment as a new patient in the area? Would I need to drive all the way back to Tennessee to see my last dentist? How much would this cost?!? Thankfully, I wasn’t in much pain, but I spent the rest of the holiday weekend hiding in my house.

How did you find your doctor? And what factors led you to choose him or her?

I used Delta Dental’s website to locate a dentist in my area. Dr. Marci Guthrie was one of the closest options and had great ratings and reviews on Facebook and Yelp. She was my first call at 8am on Tuesday morning. After telling the wonderful office manager, Jessica, what had happened, she told me to come on in to the office now. Simple as that. They were going to work me in.

What was your favorite part about your patient experience?

It’s hard to choose – but I think it has to come down to the immediate, affordable, and beautiful work Dr. Guthrie did. When she was finished my front teeth looked better than they had before I broke them!

In what ways did your treatment effect your life?

It’s amazing what pretty teeth will do for your confidence and your mood. I could go back out in public and smile again! Also, the entire situation was so much more amusing after the problem was solved.

Would you recommend this doctor to family/friends? If so, why?

I would recommend Dr. Guthrie and her team to anyone without hesitation. Jessica took such good care of me initially. She gave me an immediate appointment. When I arrived, there was a snag with my dental insurance that she breezed right through and fixed while I filled out the new patient paperwork. While all of that was happening, Dr. Guthrie came in the lobby, took a look at my broken teeth, and told me she’d have me fixed up today. I was so relieved I wanted to cry. Katie, the dental assistant, very much put me at ease and was so kind and personable. Dr. Guthrie was just beyond fantastic – she was friendly, gentle, and most important, did an outstanding job sculpting my teeth back to normal with bonding. Ally even took care of my 6 month cleaning while I was there and she made my teeth feel amazing! And Marley, the therapy dog. Who doesn’t love a therapy dog?!

James River Family Dentistry exceeded my expectations by turning what I was afraid was a huge problem into beautiful result. I am so thankful I found Dr. Guthrie!

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