Are you thinking about moving to Jacksonville, FL? It is fast becoming a hot spot for not only retirees, but those who hate the cold but don’t want hurricanes or earthquakes. There are over 850,000 residents as of 2014 statistics – and it’s likely closer to 900,000 as of 2018. This could be a dream location for you and your family. Warm weather nearly year-round and the likelihood of being hit by a hurricane is quite small – the last direct hit was in 1954. The population has steadily grown over the decades and it appears that there is no sign of that changing anytime soon. This ensures that property values remain on the rise and that job opportunities keep coming.
Jacksonville has a lot of things to offer people.Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters there. Also, the Jacksonville Jaguars have had a rabid fanbase since their arrival as an expansion team in the NFL in 1995, and there is a PGA golf course. Besides that, there are a lot of things, from science museums to walkways along the St. John’s River to all different types of cuisine for people to eat.
When you think about moving, you want to consider the various services you require for survival – one of which is dental care. What kind of dental care is available in the area you want to move to?
Jacksonville has over 400 dentists for all kinds of practices, ranging from general dentistry to orthodontics. A little bit of math shows that to be roughly 2,000 people per dentist. There are some things to ponder about this – not all dentists may be in the databases that people use to search for dental information. A similar search, for example, of New York, NY, came up with nearly 300 results. Searching Boston nets around 350 and Miami, Jacksonville’s in-state neighbor shows nearly the same amount. One thing about the Florida results – many dentists practice near a certain city and are lumped in any search results.
There are some very good things about the availability of dental care and there are some not-so-good things. That’s true of every location though – you want the best of all worlds. Here’s a list of some of the things to consider about Jacksonville and whether you should make it a place for you. It’s not an exhaustive list. There will be some things that you might think of when you do your own research or do a close examination of your own lifestyle and pinpoint what you need.
It’s always best to start with the good things. First of all, if you move to Jacksonville, you’re going to be coming to a place that is on the upswing. There’s just something about being in area that is becoming noticed and sought-after. New Yorkers saw it happening in the mid-1990’s when the city cleaned itself up and became a tourist mecca again. Other cities have had their renaissances. Now it can be Jacksonville’s time.
If you have finished your work career and are looking for a place to hang your hat during the second act of your life, there’s a large retirement community that’s growing yearly. As one gets older, chances are good that you are going to be needing dentures and dental implants the most – though gum disease can affect even people halfway to retirement age.. Dentists in this area are attuned to that and are catering to that crowd.
Another thing in Jacksonville’s favor is that it is known for its world-class medical care. That extends to the dental field. Dental manufacturers want to have a wide outreach. That means that the latest dental technology will be arriving at the largest city in the U.S., alongside other major metropolises like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. This means that one can get high-quality dentures and dental implants.
It’s not just retirees that live in Jacksonville. Part of the area’s growth is due to a lot of families making their way to the area and thus they make up a big part of the demographic. They can get a lot of high-quality dental care, since there are both solo practitioners and family dentists who have offices.
To give a balanced look, it’s only fair to include any negatives about the dental situation.
Jacksonville covers a lot of area and it’s more like several towns stitched together rather than one large metropolis. When it comes to getting around, cars are the main method of transportation. It’s a huge place, the largest city by area in the U.S.. which can make it hard for retirees to get around if they don’t have driving capabilities or someone who can take them from from place to place. It’s not a pedestrian-friendly place like Boston or Manhattan (though some might argue and say that the drivers in those cities make it MORE dangerous). Factor in a weak public transportation system – there are nearly 50 bus routes, and while one can appreciate the warm weather in February, one does NOT want to be standing outside for a long time in July, waiting for a bus. This transportation system will at first be a bit of a shock to those who live in cities like New York and Boston, who have both buses and subways for people to get around in. Once the schedules are figured out is easier to navigate like any other system that is new to us.
On the other hand, Jacksonville has a monorail system as well, something that other cities lack. One can ride above ground in a futuristic-looking monorail car where you can see the sights of the city, as opposed to much of New York City, where you need a book or music to occupy you, since there are only dark tunnels. There are some boroughs of New York that have above ground tracks, but Manhattan is all underground. There is also ferry service for Jacksonville residents while New York only has one between Manhattan and Staten Island.
Due to the aforementioned sprawl, you may be lucky and find one that is in your area, but it may also require a bit of searching – thankfully the Internet makes that much easier than having to scour a phone book. As the population continues to grow, dental offices might struggle at first to keep up with the demand but there’s also the very strong possibility that Jacksonville will become a popular destination for dentists, too, since there would be more of a client base for them.
Ultimately, though, Jacksonville has become a popular destination for people to move to, and many of them can find the dental care that they need. You should be able to do the same – it might just take a little bit of research.
When it comes to family dentistry, Ivory Dental has become one of the to-go places. Their caring approach with each individual patient, coupled with the latest in dental technology, makes for a pleasant visit every time. Dr. Shaista Najmi and her staff are determined to rid “dental phobia” from the minds of their patients.
Ivory Dental is located in the Mandarin neighborhood of Jacksonville – if you were to take the bus, you’d take Route 25, San Jose Blvd/Southpoint. They welcome families and make it a point to ensure that each patient has a positive dental experience.