At Kind Care Dentistry, we understand that you and your loved ones have a lot to worry about in your everyday lives, and that dental care can sometimes fall by the wayside. Thankfully, our practice offers extended hours and block scheduling to make your experience as convenient as possible! Quality preventive care is the foundation of a healthy, lifelong smile, and Dr. Natasha Patel’s goal is to help the whole family prevent common dental concerns in the earliest, most harmless stages. Contact our Orange Park, FL location today to schedule a visit, or if you have any questions for our team.
We strongly recommend that adults and children alike attend a checkup and cleaning at Kind Care Dentistry twice a year, or every six months. These visits are critical because they allow our team to identify tooth decay, damage, sources of pain, and other troubling issues that mere brushing and flossing at home can’t fix. Dr. Patel will carefully review each individual tooth, the gum tissue, the TMJ joints, any existing restorative work, and other important aspects of your oral health. Then, she and the rest of our team will work together to formulate the ideal treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.
Additionally, our talented hygienist will be happy to refresh your smile with a comprehensive cleaning appointment. Plaque and tartar are constantly forming in the mouth, threatening decay; we’ll remove these components and minor staining as well, leaving your teeth healthier and nicely polished.
As patients grow, cavities are likely to develop on the chewing surfaces of back teeth because little arms can’t quite maneuver their toothbrush that far into the mouth. Thankfully, dental sealants are a helpful preventive service that can protect these vulnerable areas. The thin, plastic coating is directly applied to the grooves during a quick, comfortable appointment here in Orange Park. Once the sealant is securely in place, it will help block plaque and food particles from accumulating over time.
If you or your child regularly participates in sports where physical contact with hard surfaces or other players is possible, our team recommends the regular use of a sportsguard for optimal smile protection. Dr. Patel can design the ideal custom-made appliance that blows regular store-bought ones right out of the water, providing excellent security and comfort while also remaining flexible enough for athletes to breathe and speak clearly during the big game.
Oral cancer isn’t usually identified until it’s reached advanced stages, leading to statistics that are truly staggering – for instance, nearly half of patients don’t survive more than five years past their original diagnosis. At Kind Care Dentistry, we want to reduce this number however we can, which is why we’ve incorporated oral cancer screenings into regular appointments as a vital step. During this process, our team members will perform an in-depth visual exam of the oral tissues, looking for tell-tale signs that may point towards potentially cancerous cells.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is regularly added to community water supplies – but why? Studies have actually shown that people who grow up drinking fluoridated water have stronger, less cavity-prone teeth as a result, which is why Dr. Patel regularly emphasizes the power of professional fluoride treatments at regular checkups. If you and your children stick to bottled (non-fluoridated) water on a normal basis, these applications can give their developing smiles a healthy boost.
Attending diligent checkups with a trusted dental team can make a world of difference in your ongoing oral health, but the products you use at home when brushing and flossing are just as important! At Kind Care Dentistry, Dr. Patel and the rest of our team members can recommend excellent brands, including Crest and Oral-B, that will get the job done and help your whole family enjoy brighter, healthier smiles.
From teeth cleanings to sealants to fillings, we make sure your children’s teeth are off to a good start. Sometimes fillings are needed on baby teeth to ensure they are not lost prematurely, as they do hold the space for adult teeth to come in. When the first adult teeth arrive, we evaluate the need for sealants so that cavities do not prematurely form.
We teach children in a fun and educational manner the benefits of practicing proper oral hygiene so that it helps you manage them at home. From stuff toy models to big tooth brushes and analogies, your children will know the importance of brushing and flossing from a young age.
We also know a child’s anxiety is similar to adults. We have systems in place that ensure your child and yourself have a positive experience. We do offer nitrous oxide to reduce anxiety as well.