Preventive Care

Preventive Care in Jacksonville, FL

Have you ever heard the saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?". When it comes to oral health, nothing could be more certain.  It's crucial to develop good oral health habits early in life to avoid a host of dental problems.   Patients who brush and floss daily are extremely unlikely to ever need dentures, root canals, or have extractions.  The easiest and least expensive way to protect your smile is through preventive care.  At Baymeadows Park Dental this is our number one service and high priority.  We hire hygienists that are not only friendly and informative but also highly skilled at removing harmful plaque and tartar while easing your dental fears and concerns.    

Our teeth will quickly and easily develop an invisible biofilm, which if left undisturbed, will start a cascade of dental health problems. Brushing and flossing breaks up the biofilm before it has a chance of causing harm. Tiny food particles may also get stuck in between teeth, which can easily be removed by flossing. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that can lead to gingival inflammation. This inflammation produces an acidic environment, which over time will destroy tooth-supporting bone and ligaments. Once bone loss has begun you now have gum disease which is an irreversible condition.     

Brushing and flossing twice daily is the best thing you can do to keep your teeth clean and plaque free. This is best done in the morning after waking up and at night before going to bed. Brushing should take at least two minutes, so do not rush or brush too hard!

Electric toothbrushes have made it much easier for you to keep your teeth in good shape. The ultrasonic vibrations of sonic-type brushes can also help break up bacteria that accumulate in between the teeth, as well as on the smooth surfaces. These brushes also have built-in timers to let you know when it is time to stop. A traditional toothbrush can also get the job done—it just requires more effort. With both types of brushes, proper technique is still required, so please ask your hygienist. Water pics are now cordless and much easier to use. For patients with spaces and deeper gum pockets, these water pics are excellent in combating periodontal disease.

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We look forward to helping you improve the appearance of your smile and oral health at its optimal levels.

Brushing and Flossing Tips

A great way to learn how to brush and floss properly is to watch a hygienist brush and floss their own teeth. Brushing twice a day is the minimum we recommend but after every meal is even better. Included with your hygiene appointment at our Jacksonville dental office, we will provide oral hygiene instructions. It’s easy for a patient to regularly miss a certain area while brushing, so we will help you identify those trouble spots. We suggest starting on the top right and gradually move towards the left using a gentle circular motion and covering all surfaces. Then go to the lower left and move towards the lower right. To remove plaque along the gum line, angle the bristles at a 45-degree angle along the gum line to allow the bristles to gently remove plaque along the area harboring the most plaque.

Flossing takes much practice and patience but over time can become as easy as brushing. Here are a few basics. First, grab about 20 inches of floss. Wrap the ends on your middle fingers. Use your index finger as a guide. Starting at the top right, gently slide the floss in between your teeth, creating a c-shape around the tooth to “hug” the contours of the tooth. Slide the floss up and down in between the teeth and below the gum line. When you floss daily, you will notice your gums will stay healthy and not bleed. Bleeding gums are not healthy. If you ever have any questions about a hygiene product that you would like to try please feel free to ask us for a recommendation.

If it's been more than six months since your last dental visit now is the time to schedule your next appointment. If you have never been here before please take advantage of one of our New patient offers. I hope you are enjoying our website!!!


Had a cap prep done. In on time, out on time. Good explanation of process beforehand and during. Dr. Rios and his assistants are a great team!

John P.

Dr. Rios and his staff do a tremendous job of their care and treatment of patients! Very professional and friendly. If you are looking for a reliable dentist and a dedicated staff team, this is the place!

Rahul S.

They have taken wonderful care of me for many years!! I recently referred my husband for some extensive dental work and they took wonderful care of him!!! I will continue to refer people to Dr. Rios and his team at Baymeadows Park Dental!

Julie F.

After four years of searching I finally found a dentist who is so much like the one I left in Lake Placid, Fl. Dr Rios is kind, personable, efficient and his staff reflects that attitude. Yes I'd recommend him to family. friends and someone who is looking for a really good dentist.

Gordean H.

Amazing dental work! 100% recommended. Very professional and friendly people (Dentist and Hygienists) My husband and I drive from Gainesville twice a year and it is totally worth it!.

Erick P.

I've been going here for a year now and am completely satisfied. Very little wait, pleasant staff, a great doctor, and best of all my teeth look better than they ever have. Sometimes you get lucky with doctors and this is a great example of this.

John T.

Friendly oriented, excellent treatment, comfortable environment. Procedures done with a touch of class. I was very happy to feel my procedure was perfectly done I now feel comfortable to the taste. Thank you All!

Sonia R.

Dr Rios and his staff are very professional and friendly. My family has been going to Cypress Point Family dentistry for years now and we always recommend them to friends. They are very good at taking the time to explain any additional procedures and to provide cost estimates based on our insurance.

Kaley B.

Love that they are waiting when I arrive and greet me by name. Hygienists are awesome! I love dawn but all the ladies are great! Dr Rios is kind and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!

Marissa K.

Everyone here is always pleasant and efficient in getting me in and out for my appointments. Dawn cleans my teeth with care and is very thorough with my cleanings. Dr. Rios is always quick to get in and look at my teeth after my cleaning is finished so that I can get on with my day without too much downtime. I never feel pressured by their recommendations and never feel like they're trying to sell me products or services I don't really need. Great place with great people, definitely recommend!

Jess T.

I had a super friendly experience attending a cleaning visit here. The Dr. and his assistant used a sound combination of technology and expertise to thoroughly go through my mouth. The pictures were scary, but the advice was priceless. I wish I had visited this office earlier.

R. Thatcher

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