Preventive Dentistry in Orange Park
You know what they say about prevention -- it’s worth a pound of cure. In dentistry, we know that’s true. Your Orange Park dentist emphasizes twice-annual preventive checkups and cleanings for patients of all ages, to keep away tooth decay and gum infection to help you and your family smile happily and healthily for years to come. Dr. Nawrocki offers the following preventive services.
Checkups & Dental Cleaning
With a checkup and dental cleaning every six months, we can keep your teeth and gums clear of plaque and tartar and use digital x-rays and a visual exam to monitor for the beginning signs of decay, gum disease, worn dental work, and other problems. When caught early, these issues are easily treated with conservative dentistry. Ignoring preventive care can cause issues to advance, requiring more expensive, complex treatments later on.
Children, whose tooth enamel and dental hygiene habits are still developing, may especially benefit from these regular visits, but patients of all ages should schedule a checkup and cleaning with us every six months. It may seem like a lot, but people who keep up with their regular dental hygiene are more likely to enjoy better oral and overall health and wellbeing. Plus, if you have dental insurance, your preventive care may be fully covered under your plan.
When you bring your little one into an appointment with Dr. Nawrocki and his team, you’ll appreciate the calm, friendly approach we take with children. We know positive impressions from an early age affect the way kids feel about visiting the dentist for a lifetime to come, so we always take our time to ensure your little one feels as comfortable as possible. In addition to a checkup and cleaning, we’ll provide special preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Your gums provide a direct entry into the bloodstream, meaning that bacteria and infection here can quickly affect the rest of your health and wellbeing. During your regular checkups and cleanings, we will monitor your gum health to ensure you do not exhibit the signs of gum disease. The majority of adults develop gum disease to some extent. Left unchecked, periodontal infection causes more than just bad breath and bleeding gums. Tooth loss, heart trouble, and other serious health conditions are all associated with gum disease.
We treat moderate levels of gum disease with scaling and root planing, a treatment also referred to as a deep cleaning. Dr. Nawrocki or one of our highly trained hygienists will use special tools to clean above and below the gum line, removing harmful bacteria and smoothing the roots of the teeth to prevent reinfection. Scaling and root planing may be carried out over multiple dental appointments, and is sometimes combined with antibiotic treatment for complete healing.
Dental sealants are thin, translucent coverings that we apply directly onto the back teeth to prevent buildup of decay-causing bacteria. The uneven surface of the molars and premolars can catch food particles and allow the acids that weaken tooth enamel to accelerate decay. Without perfect dental hygiene, the molars and premolars are at an increased risk of cavities — especially for children. Dental sealants can provide significant protection for smiles of all ages.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If you frequently wake up with a headache or sore jaw, you may be dealing with bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding. The condition can be caused by stress and anxiety or as a result of dental misalignments that throw the function of your upper and lower jaw out of whack. We can help protect your teeth and reduce the incidence of grinding with a customized nightguard! It cushions tooth enamel from pressure.
Mouthguards / Sportsguards
Let us protect your own or your favorite athlete’s smile from sports injuries with a custom-fitted sportsguard. Worn as directed, the small piece of plastic can provide significant protection against sports-related injuries, which are one of the most common causes of dental emergencies. In addition to protecting the smile, a customized sportsguard can also reduce the incidence of concussion. It’s a small investment that can save a lot of time and money in the long run.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Are you staying on top of your regular oral cancer screenings? It’s recommended that adults undergo one each year. Tobacco and alcohol users should especially be aware of the need for these screenings, as these habits are the leading cause of oral cancer in adults.
Dr. Nawrocki can perform an oral cancer screening alongside your regular checkup and cleaning. It’s a simple examination that involves checking your mouth, neck and facial area for the following warning signs of oral cancer.
- Red or white bumps inside the mouth
- Rough patches inside the mouth
- Hard lumps in or around the mouth
- Changing facial symmetry
- Other irregularities in the mouth or face
Oral cancer currently has a shockingly high death rate -- one adult every hour in the US. Frequent screenings for the disease can help sufferers act early for a potentially life-saving treatment.