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By Signature Smiles, LLC
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist   Dental Check-up  

Keep your smile vibrant and long-lasting with routine check-ups at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Your dentist, Dr. Carmela LaFalce, encourages patients of all ages to come in every six months. It's much like the annual physical with your primary care physician. Ward off big problems, and stay as healthy as possible.

The cleaning

Your dental hygienist runs this part of your semi-annual visit at Signature Smiles. She'll review your medication list and history, ask about any problems you are experiencing and do an eye-on inspection of both your hard and soft tissues.

She looks for decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and more. She measures your gum pockets with a small metal probe, tracking their depth overtime to catch potential periodontal problems. X-rays, according to a set schedule, are part of your visit as well.

Then, comes the dental cleaning. Using small instruments and ultrasonic cleaners, your hygienist scales your teeth. This means she scrapes away the plaque and tartar which have formed on and between your teeth since your last visit.

These biofilms are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. So, your hygienist removes what you miss when you brush and floss at home. Then, she flosses your teeth and polishes them to a wonderful shine.

The six-month check-up

Performed by your Toms River, NJ, dentist, your check-up follows your cleaning. Dr. LaFalce does many health assessments, including:

  • A check for signs of decay and gum disease
  • An assessment of your dental bite (occlusion) and jaw joint function
  • A careful inspection of your existing dental work--crowns, bridgework, fillings, and more
  • Looking for oral cancer and other indicators of disease
  • A review of your X-rays

Dr. LaFalce will share her findings with you and make treatment plans for needed restorations, cosmetic improvements, and more. She'll probably advise cleanings and exams at six-month intervals as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends. Some patients with active gum disease or other oral health issues may require more frequent visits.

Simple and effective

At Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ, your dentist and her team believe six-month visits are the best way to stay ahead of oral health problems. Get yours soon by calling Dr. Carmela LaFalce at (732) 244-4114.

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

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