At Jacksonville Complete Dentistry, we’re not just interested in helping you enjoy better oral health – we want our efforts to result in an overall improved quality of life as well! That’s why preventive dentistry is so essential to our dedicated doctors and team members. By treating dental problems early and diagnosing them at their source, we can minimize your risk of serious damage down the road. If you’re overdue for a checkup, don’t hesitate to give our Jacksonville location a call today.
People of all ages should be attending a comprehensive checkup and cleaning every six months on average, or twice per year. Why? Because dental problems can crop up even in patients who brush and floss every day. What’s worse is that these problems may not be noticeable to someone who isn’t trained in dentistry until they’ve started to cause irreversible damage.
At regular appointments, our well-trained doctors and passionate staff members can snuff out damage and decay right away, treating them effectively in order to potentially save you time and money down the road. We’ll inspect every part of your oral health and try to find the sources that caused these problems in the first place as well so that both your smile and your overall health is better off well into the future.
In addition to checkups, cleanings are a valuable part of preventive dentistry because they get rid of decay-causing plaque and tartar. These substances are constantly forming on your smile and threatening to wreak havoc if they’re not dealt with quickly. What’s worse is that tartar (the advanced form of plaque) can’t be removed by regular brushing and flossing. Thankfully, our hygienists are experts at caring for your smile and leaving the teeth and gums feeling 100% refreshed.
Dental sealants are a fast, safe, and simple preventive service that can provide valuable protection against cavities for children and adults alike. The application is easy – our team will simply paint a thin, plastic coating over the chewing surfaces of back teeth. This coating will form a strong bond with the tooth and create a durable shield that keeps out food particles and decay-causing bacteria. The final result is fewer cavities and a stronger, more confident smile!
Do you regularly experience jaw pain or serious headaches? Do you notice damage or worn-down areas on your teeth but have no idea why? These are very common signs of bruxism, which is more commonly referred to as teeth grinding and clenching. Patients of all ages and backgrounds experience bruxism, and what’s worse is that it’s more likely to happen while you’re sleeping and unaware. Thankfully, our doctors can offer a tried-and-true solution in the form of a nightguard. When worn, your nightguard will cushion the rows of teeth and prevent harmful contact.
Oral cancer is a dangerous and even deadly health problem. In fact, one person dies from it every hour on average, with tens of thousands of new cases diagnosed every year. Thankfully, there is a silver lining – oral cancer has a high rate of survival as long as it’s caught and treated early on its development. That’s why our doctors have made oral cancer screenings a vital part of your routine appointments. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us!
Fluoride is a valuable mineral that can be found in most toothpastes and plenty of community water supplies – but why? An exhaustive amount of research has clearly shown that a moderate amount of consistent fluoride exposure can result in stronger, healthier teeth that are less prone to cavities over time. Unfortunately, the rise in popularity of bottled water has left many children and adults without that important exposure. Here in Jacksonville, our team offers professional fluoride treatment as a part of regular checkups and cleanings when needed.
Our Jacksonville practice is proud to offer essential dental services for the entire family, including its youngest members! We take a patient and kind approach with your son or daughter so that they always feel welcomed here, and keeping them comfortable is one of the first things on our mind. By providing plenty of kid-friendly services (checkups, dental sealants, fluoride treatment, and more), we hope to get them on the right path towards lifelong oral health as soon as possible.
Are your gums red, swollen, tender, or do they bleed easily every time you brush? If so, then you may have periodontal (gum) disease, which is the most common oral health issue in the world. Left untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss! At JCD, we’re ready to protect your entire smile, so we’ll screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and if we spot any signs of this infection, we have numerous treatments that can take care of it right away.
Many people feel a little nervous about going to the dentist, but if your fear is so severe that you actually miss out on much needed dental care, this could spell big trouble for your smile down the road. To help you feel at ease in our office, we’re happy to offer sedation dentistry. Using either nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or an anti-anxiety pill, we can help you feel calm in the chair and enjoy a stress-free appointment every time.
In addition to your teeth and gums, the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is also a vital part of your oral health. This is the set of hinges that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull, and like other joints in the body, it can sometimes develop issues due to strain, injury, or inflammation. A TMJ disorder (or TMD) can cause symptoms like a stiff and painful jaw, chronic headaches, and even soreness in the neck and shoulders. Fortunately, our team has the training to not only diagnose these kinds of issues, but effectively treat them as well using custom-designed therapies.
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or are you constantly exhausted throughout the day and think that you might have the condition? If so, you can get a simple and effective sleep solution right here at JCD. With a small, custom-made oral appliance, we can help keep your airway open during the night and enable you to get the deep, restful sleep you need to feel awake and energized every morning. This approach can even be used to help those patients who are CPAP intolerant!