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Dental Checkups and Cleanings – Jacksonville, FL

Stopping Dental Problems Before They Appear

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It’s clear that brushing and flossing are two of the most important oral care habits you can maintain in between dental visits. However, they are only a part of the picture. If you want to truly prevent cavities and gum disease, regular dental checkups should be just as much a part of your oral care routine as brushing and flossing. Dr. Nawrocki and Dr. Aguila look forward to providing you a dental home for your long-term oral health, so don’t hesitate to give them a call today to set up an appointment!

Why Checkups and Cleanings Matter

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A routine dental visit often consists of both a dental exam and cleaning. The exam involves thoroughly evaluating the teeth, gums, and other areas of the mouth. Keep in mind that just because you don’t notice any tooth decay or gum disease does not necessarily mean it isn’t present. Oral problems like these can develop without you even realizing it, which is why seeing a dental professional is always the way to go.

With early treatment, a dentist can prevent dental conditions from developing or causing damage in the first place. Our dentists do this with specialized tools, but also their trained eyes. Once you complete the exam, a hygienist will begin cleaning and removing any plaque, tartar, and stains that they see.

When Should I Complete My Checkups?

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We recommend patients to visit our office at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. With that said, patients who currently have poor oral health may need to visit more often, such as every three months. We may ask them to do this if they:

  • Become pregnant (which can increase risk for gum disease)
  • Are smoking or using tobacco
  • Are undergoing cancer treatment
  • Have underlying conditions (such as heart disease, HIV, diabetes, etc.)

Our dentists will confirm the state of your oral health and then determine how often you should visit from there.

Why Your At-Home Care is Not Enough

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Our office always encourages patients to take at-home care seriously. However, that doesn’t mean brushing and flossing can reach all the areas that need to be kept clean. This includes the back teeth, which can develop cavities quite easily. Over time, plaque can turn into tartar, which is a calcified form of plaque that only a hygienist can safely remove. If it reaches underneath the gum tissue, it’s impossible to remove with oral care alone. During your time here, we’ll be able to provide advice on how to improve your care if needed.

Preventive Care Can Actually Help You Save Money

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Cavities and gum disease can cause a lot of damage to your smile, affect your overall health, and put a hole in your wallet. Not only are restorative solutions expensive to perform, but gum disease can actually put you at higher risk of other systemic diseases, including heart disease and stroke. If you have diabetes, it can exacerbate its symptoms if you already have gum disease. Jacksonville Dental Specialists works hard to make sure that both your oral and overall health are protected at a reasonable price. Since preventive treatments are the most affordable form of dental care out there, it pays off to keep checkups consistent.