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Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Jacksonville, FL

Helping Jacksonville Smiles Shine

Do you want to keep your smile healthy and minimize the amount of dental bills you have to pay? Believe it or not, avoiding dental health problems is much easier than you might think! Besides brushing and flossing every day, all it takes is two dental checkups and cleanings per year. As a dentist in Jacksonville, FL with more than four decades of experience, Dr. Larry Young would be more than happy to help you and your family maintain bright, healthy smiles. If it has been six months or longer since your last routine dental visit, please contact our team today to schedule your next one!

Why Choose Larry Young Dental for Dental Checkups & Cleanings?

Why Are Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings Important?

dentist showing a patient their dental X-rays

Many people think that they don’t need to see their dentist if their teeth feel fine. However, if you wait until your mouth is in pain before you visit us, there’s a high chance that extensive, irreversible damage has already been done. You’ll most likely need a pricier and more invasive procedure than you would have required if Dr. Young had been able to detect and address the problem early on at one of your regular checkups. Therefore, visiting us every six months can save you from a great deal of pain as well as time and money.

Keep in mind that most dental insurance providers will cover 100% of the price of preventive services like teeth cleanings and exams because they know that it will most likely reduce a patient’s long-term dental care costs. Restorative procedures like fillings, crowns, and root canals are generally only covered at 40% to 80%, so if you have insurance, take advantage of your coverage by attending two routine annual appointments at Larry Young Dental!

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

woman getting her teeth examined by her dentist

For the checkup portion of your visit, Dr. Young will closely look over your mouth to check for signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other oral health problems. However, that’s not all that he’ll do. He and our team will also:

  • Make sure your medical history is up to date.
  • Capture X-rays to catch problems hidden beneath the surface (our digital X-rays are much more accurate and safer than traditional X-rays).
  • Examine your existing dental work, such as crowns and fillings, to see whether they need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
  • Answer your questions regarding your dental health and at-home care routine.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

dental hygienist cleaning a patient’s teeth

Daily brushing and flossing go a long way toward minimizing the buildup of harmful plaque and bacteria in your mouth, but you’ll inevitably miss some spots at home. That’s why, after Dr. Young has finished with your exam, a member of our team will professionally clean your teeth.

 For your dental cleaning in Jacksonville, FL, our dental hygienist will use special tools to thoroughly (yet gently) remove deposits of plaque and tartar from areas of your teeth and gums that your toothbrush and floss have missed. Then, we’ll polish your teeth to clear away surface stains and help them shine more brightly. Lastly, we’ll answer any questions you might have and give you tips on maintaining your smile in between routine checkups.

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