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Matthew Nawrocki, DMD, MS Blog

Bone Loss After Tooth Loss — Can Dentures Prevent It?

September 23, 2020

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Denture in Orange Park have helped generations of patients to regain confidence in their smiles. Not only do they look good, but they also restore the ability to eat most foods, and they are easy to care for. Despite their benefits, however, they do come with some significant downsides. One of those is their inability to prevent the bone loss in the jaw that occurs after tooth loss. Let’s discuss why that bone loss happens and what you can do to stop it.

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Dentistry and COVID: 4 Reasons to Prioritize Your Routine Visits

August 17, 2020

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As the world continues to battle the novel COVID-19 virus, it is more important now than ever that we each do our part to limit the transmission. Fortunately, infection control measures like face coverings and significant hand hygiene have made the transition out of quarantine and into our “new normal” safe. However, since extensive research is still underway, many patients wonder if putting off their routine visit is the responsible thing to do. If you have found yourself thinking something similar, then your dentist in Orange Park is sharing four reasons you should reconsider.

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What Causes Enamel Erosion & What Can I Do to Stop It?

July 7, 2020

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Tooth enamel is the protective outer layer of your pearly whites that prevents decay. Your enamel is the strongest substance in your body—even stronger than your bones! However, it’s far from indestructible. A few simple yet destructive habits and factors in our everyday lives can cause enamel erosion, which leads to weakened, sensitive, and vulnerable teeth. Read on as your Orange Park dentist explains more about this common condition and what you can do to keep your smile healthy and strong.

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Can Teeth Supporting a Dental Bridge Become Infected?

June 3, 2020

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dental bridge being placed on teeth

Along with crowns, dentures and dental implants, bridges are among the most popular and effective tooth replacement solutions. Just imagine not having to worry about others noticing the gap in your smile anymore! However, although bridges can restore your dental function and appearance, it is important to know that they cannot totally eliminate the risk of tooth decay. Keep reading to learn more about the ins and outs of dental bridges and how to maintain a healthy smile when wearing a dental prosthetic.

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The 4 Major Ways Your Dentist is Keeping Everyone Safe from COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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As dental professionals, it is important that your dentist and their team avoid unnecessary germs. This can prove difficult, especially since the reality of the job is to work within a patient’s mouth – an area that can be filled with harmful bacteria. Fortunately, some objects can be worn to offer an added layer of protection. Known as personal protective equipment (PPE), these items are what is keeping those working inside a dental office from contracting or spreading COVID-19. To learn which PPE is most popular and beneficial when it comes to protecting both dentists and patients, read on.

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What is Causing My Tooth Sensitivity?

April 13, 2020

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a young woman holding a cup of coffee while pressing against her cheek because of tooth sensitivity

At the end of the day, all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and prepare to binge-watch your favorite TV show. Unfortunately, the moment you take a sip, searing pain radiates within one particular tooth causing you to grasp for your cheek and nearly miss pouring your coffee on your lap. Why are you suddenly facing such extreme discomfort? Should you call your dentist’s office for an emergency visit? Take a few moments to find out what might be causing your tooth sensitivity and how best to treat it before the pain worsens.

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What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Toothbrush Regularly?

March 11, 2020

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When was the last time you got a new toothbrush? If you can’t remember, that’s not a good sign. While about 42% of people don’t switch out their toothbrush as often as they should, that doesn’t mean you should keep using the same one for years on end. It might not seem like a big deal, but not changing your toothbrush often enough can spell disaster for your oral health. Let’s look more closely at what happens in your mouth if you don’t change your toothbrush regularly.

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6 Oral Health Tips for National Nutrition Month

March 2, 2020

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Many people often think of their oral health as a separate entity from the rest of their body, but the truth is that everything in your body is connected. If you have a health problem in your mouth, it can cause issues in other areas without your realizing it. Since March is National Nutrition Month, now seems like the perfect time to talk about how you can adjust your diet to best benefit the health of your teeth and gums.

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Do Adults Need Fluoride Treatments?

February 29, 2020

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Smiling dentist holding note saying “fluoride”

Many people think that fluoride treatments are only for kids. After all, most dental insurances only cover them up until the age of 18. However, a growing amount of research is beginning to suggest that everyone can benefit from a fluoride treatment—especiallyadults who are cavity prone. Read on to find out if you’re at a higher risk of tooth decay and if you should ask your dentist about fluoride treatments at your next dental checkup.

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Can Keeping Your Gums Healthy Protect Your Heart?

February 7, 2020

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stethoscope sitting on a table next to a small red heart shape

It’s fitting that February is all about love and hearts since it’s American Heart Month! Now is a great time to take a moment between buying flowers and making dinner plans to reflect on your heart. Did you know that there’s a connection between the health of this vital organ and the health of your gums? Perhaps that’s why February is also National Gum Disease Awareness Month! Read on to learn more about this relationship and find out how taking care of your smile is good for your heart.

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