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By Signature Smiles, LLC
April 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  

Routine visits to your dentist are essential if you want to maintain your oral health. However, these signs might mean that you're due for another visit to your dentist. Dr. Carmela LaFalce, your Toms River, NJ, dentist at Signature Smiles, can help you catch your dental problems in the early stages for optimal oral health.

Swollen or Sore Gums

Red swollen gums are telltale signs of gum disease especially if your gums are prone to bleeding. Sometimes, you need only work on improving your oral hygiene for the infection to clear up.

However, if you have serious infections with significant tartar and plaque build-up, you would need Dr. LaFalce to provide extra treatment. She might need to go below the gum line to remove the accumulated plaque and bacteria.

You could lose your teeth, jaw bone, and develop gum abscess if you fail to treat gum disease on time.

Tooth Pain

Throbbing pain in your teeth can be a nightmarish experience. Tooth infection and decay are common causes of tooth pain. If you observe inflammation of your gums along with your toothache, you might have an infection at your tooth root. Neglecting an infection in your teeth and surrounding tissues could cause you to lose your teeth.

Other common causes of tooth pain are tooth fracture and abscess formation.

If you are in Toms River, NJ, and you would like to preserve your teeth, then you shouldn't hesitate to see your dentist at Signature Smiles when you have toothaches.

Canker Sores

Canker sores typically develop in your cheeks, tongue, gums, and roof of your mouth due to irritation such as biting. They tend to clear up on their own after a few days. However, if you have recurrent canker sores or sores that fail to heal after about a week, you might need to see your dentist.

White Spots

If you notice white spots on your gums, you might want to visit your dentist. Your white sores might be due to infections, canker sores, oral thrush, or leukoplakia. Your treatment would depend on your diagnosis.

Visiting your dentist at the first sign of trouble could save you from developing complications from dental issues. Schedule your appointment with your dentist, Dr. LaFalce of Signature Smiles, Toms River, NJ, by calling (732) 244-4114 when you notice these signs in your mouth.

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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