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By Signature Smiles, LLC
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

While often overlooked, the health of your teeth is highly important and people everywhere should consider dental hygiene one of their preventative dentistrytop health-related priorities. However, many people falsely believe that they should only see their dentist when something is physically wrong with their teeth. Learn about how frequently you should see your dentist and what makes preventative dentistry crucial to your oral health with Dr. Carmela LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ.

What is preventative dentistry? 
Preventative dentistry ensures that your teeth remain healthy and free of decay-causing plaque and tartar and that your dentist can find and treat dental conditions early. Conditions like cavities or gum disease are easily treatable with minimally invasive dental procedures. However, if left untreated, these conditions can quickly develop into a nasty toothache or gingivitis, making early detection key to a fast and easy treatment.

How often should I see my dentist? 
Patients at average risk for dental issues should see their dentist at least twice a year. These routine checkups will include a dental examination and cleaning, performed by your doctor and dental hygienist. The examination ensures that there are no warning signs requiring investigation by your dentist. A professional dental cleaning will remove all the built up plaque and tartar on your teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease before it occurs.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Toms River, NJ 
Your regular checkups will begin with your dentist performing a physical examination of your head, mouth, jaw, and neck. During this time, your dentist will check for the presence of cavities or other dental conditions like gum disease. If necessary, your dentist may offer an oral cancer screening, which includes a test to determine if you show any early warning signs for of condition. Finally, a dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove the plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, then scrub and polish each tooth to a perfect shine.

For more information on preventative dentistry, please contact Dr. Carmela LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Call (732) 244-4114 to schedule your appointment with Dr. LaFalce today!


Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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