Exams & Teeth Cleaning in Jacksonville, FL
Whether your smile needs a tune-up or more extensive care, our office in Mandarin is ready to help you eat, speak, laugh and live your life without feeling embarrassed about your teeth. Even if it’s been several years since you last saw a dentist, our caring team can help get your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy again and work with you to keep them that way.
During a dental exam, our experienced dentist looks for more than just signs of tooth decay (cavities). Because good oral hygiene can affect other areas of your health, our dentist also looks for signs of gingivitis and other forms of gum disease, bone loss, teeth grinding, and oral cancer.
Teeth Cleaning and Gum Therapy
Our Advanced Dental Care of Florida office in Jacksonville recommends having your teeth cleaned about every six months -and more frequently if you require periodontal treatment. Even if you brush after meals and floss regularly, you still need the help of a professional hygienist to remove cavity-causing plaque.
Every time you eat or drink, plaque forms on your teeth. This sticky, colorless film can harden into a substance called calculus, which keeps bacteria pressed against your teeth. There, it can erode the enamel and decay your tooth, causing a cavity, as well as attack your gums. If your gums are red, puffy, or bleed when you brush or floss, you could have gingivitis, the first – and reversible – stage of gum disease.
Only a professional dental cleaning like the kind you get at Advanced Dental Care of Mandarin can remove this hardened bacteria from the tooth surface and those hard-to-reach places between teeth.
Bad Breath Management
Although bad breath, also called halitosis, can be related to onions, garlic, and other spicy foods, it also can stem from bacteria in your mouth causing tooth decay and gum infection. Fortunately, teeth cleanings and gum treatment can help get this problem under control, along with proper dental care at home such as brushing and flossing after meals and rinsing with mouthwash.
Please let our team know if you have any concerns about chronic bad breath during your dental hygiene appointment in Mandarin.
Oral Cancer Screening in Mandarin
Our office in Jacksonville offers a quick, easy, and painless test that allows the dentist to see signs of oral cancer not visible to the naked eye. We recommend everyone over the age of 18 be screened, as oral cancer often has no symptoms in its early stages. By the time symptoms become visible, the disease often has progressed to a later stage and metastasized. Oral cancer has a particularly high death rate, higher than that of thyroid cancer, cervical cancer, testicular cancer, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Dr. Eber uses the VELscope® tool to illuminate the mouth tissue to spot any trouble spots. VELscope uses tissue fluorescence rather than reflected light to see the effects of cellular, structural, and metabolic activity changes in the mouth tissues. Abnormalities in the fluorescence patterns can alert the dentist to problems that might not be visible to the naked eye.
Early detection saves lives. Talk to your dentist about the risk of oral cancer when you come in for your visit.
Teeth Grinding & Night Guards
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a fairly common condition often caused by stress, although crooked teeth or a misaligned bite also can play a role. You might not realize that you grind your teeth while you sleep, but if you’re waking up with a sore jaw or experiencing frequent headaches in the morning, this could be a possibility. Tooth grinding also can wear down your tooth enamel, causing cracked or chipped teeth or tooth sensitivity. Our dentist can fit you with a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep, also alleviating any headaches, jaw pain and tooth damage caused by teeth grinding.
Call Today to Schedule a Dental Appointment in Mandarin
Regular dental appointments and teeth cleanings is the easiest way to prevent dental decay and fix problems while they are still small. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Advanced Dental Care of Mandarin at (904) 638-7181.