Some things in life are optional — like sugar in your coffee, or shoes on the beach. But regular preventive dental care? That’s something that everyone benefits from. A six month checkup and cleaning with your dentist in Orange Park, FL rids your teeth of the plaque and tartar that cause oral issues. And this visit gives us the chance to catch serious problems early, while they’re still easy to fix. If it’s been more than six months since you visited Dr. Nawrocki, it’s time for you to schedule an appointment — keep reading to learn why.
What to Expect From a Dental Checkup and Cleaning
What happens in the six month checkup and cleaning? You can expect the entire visit to last a little more than an hour. First, your dental hygienist will clean your mouth. Using a mixture of special polishes, pastes, and hand tools, he or she will thoroughly clean the teeth above and around the gumline. Checking the space between the gums and teeth, where deep pockets indicate an infection, also helps us catch gum disease early.
Gum disease affects more than half of American adults, but its prevention is simple. With solid at-home hygiene and regularly scheduled visits to the dentist, the risk for infection is greatly reduced. And if it does get the chance to develop, frequent hygiene appointments ensure that it’s easily treated. In fact, in its earliest stages, gum disease in Orange Park, FL can be reversed with improved brushing and flossing and a couple extra visits to the dentist.
After your teeth and gums are clean, it’s time for the dental exam. Dr. Nawrocki will take a close look at your teeth, gums, and surrounding oral structures. He’ll also check to make sure that any existing dental work is staying strong and functioning like it should. If problems like decay, infection, or a worn filling do exist, a plan for restorative care will be put in place.
Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene Habits at Home
If you take good care of your teeth in the time between your appointments, our job is easy. Make sure you are doing your best to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup on your own. Plaque is the clear, sticky substance that forms on the teeth throughout the day. There’s no way to prevent plaque, but frequently removing it helps to prevent tartar buildup. Tartar is hard, yellow, and can only be taken off by your dental hygienist.
So how to keep the teeth and gums healthy and clean? Make sure you are brushing for two minutes, after each meal or at least twice a day, and flossing daily. (Ignore what you may have heard about flossing. We agree with the American Dental Association — it still matters.) Maintain a nutritious diet and avoid tobacco use of any kind for added health and wellbeing.
Schedule a Visit with Dr. Nawrocki Today
When was your last trip to the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, you are missing out on a crucial component of good dental and oral health. Contact Dr. Nawrocki’s office to schedule an appointment today! We’ll keep you smiling for years to come with top-notch preventive care.