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Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Orange Park, FL

Stop Gum Disease and Cavities in Their Tracks

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Brushing and flossing at home every day go a long way toward keeping your smile healthy. Unfortunately, when it comes to preventing tooth decay and gum disease, these habits are only half the battle. You also need to see a dentist in Orange Park at regular intervals to prevent these problems from arising. Our very own Dr. Matthew Nawrocki enjoys having the opportunity to help patients of all ages maintain healthy smiles throughout their lives. If it has been a while since your last dental checkup and cleaning, don’t be afraid to give us a call to learn more!

What You Can Expect During Your Checkup and Cleaning

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There are two parts to every regular dental visit, the first being the checkup. Dr. Nawrocki thoroughly examines your teeth, gums, existing dental work, and surrounding oral structures. He may even take detailed x-rays to help him diagnose problem areas that can’t be seen even by his highly trained eyes. After discussing his findings with you, you’ll work with him to develop a personalized plan to maintain good oral health.

Next comes the dental cleaning. One of our skilled hygienists will use specialized instruments to remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. Afterward, they can polish your teeth to remove surface stains and make them shine brighter!

How Often Do You Need a Checkup?

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For most patients, we recommend coming in for an appointment twice a year. However, some patients need to visit us more often, such as those who:

  • Are pregnant (which increases the risk of gum disease)
  • Have a history of poor oral health
  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • Are undergoing cancer treatment
  • Have certain health conditions, like HIV/AIDS, heart disease, or diabetes

Dr. Nawrocki can determine how often you need to come in by evaluating the state of your gums and teeth.

Why These Visits Are Important

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Even with daily brushing and flossing, there are parts of your mouth that your toothbrush and floss just can’t reach. Molars, or back teeth, in particular can be harder to clean, so they’re more likely to develop cavities. To make matters worse, plaque that isn’t brushed away daily hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional.

During your checkup and cleaning, we can remove any accumulated plaque and tartar to reduce your risk of oral health problems. We can also provide you with tips on improving your oral hygiene routine at home.

Can Regular Dental Checkups Save You Money?

If cavities and gum disease aren’t detected and treated in a timely manner, they can cause serious and sometimes irreversible damage. At that point, you may need an extensive procedure like a root canal or even a tooth extraction to save your oral health. These treatments are significantly more expensive, especially when you factor in the cost of replacing a missing tooth.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings can get these issues treated before they reach that point and cause financial consequences. In other words, preventive dental care is just as good for your wallet as it is for your smile!