Cleaning & Prevention

Dentist Cleaning and PreventionOur practice fully believes in preventative care to maintain your smile. We generally suggest our patients visit our office two times per year for their cleanings with our highly-trained hygienists.  These cleanings prevent the onset, progress and recurrence of dental issues.  During each visit, the hygienist will thoroughly clean, floss and polish your teeth. They will also take X-rays as needed.  Then, your dentist will check your teeth for any problems, answer your questions, and go over any information you need to discuss.  We notate everything in your chart and review the chart prior to each cleaning so we are aware of any changes to your dental health.

Regular cleanings are a great way to catch dental disease before you may see or feel symptoms or pain. Additionally, the cleanings are not only important to the health of your teeth, but the health of your heart.

More and more research is showing that gum and tooth disease may be related to heart heath.  The millions of bacteria that proliferate inside of the mouth and contribute to dental caries also can affect other areas of the body.  Evidence suggests the same bacteria that can cause plaque and gum disease may lead to cardiovascular problems.  According to information from Harvard Medical school, several species of bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart.  This plaque can lead to heart attack.

Although research is ongoing, there is reason to believe that oral bacteria could cause blood clots by releasing toxins.  When the body’s immune system responds to these toxins, blood clots may form more easily.  Some evidence also points to a correlation between inflammation of the mouth and inflammation of the body.

Fluoride Benefits

One of the keys to oral health is the use of fluoride to prevent dental caries. In fact, many health professionals will say that exposure to fluoride, whether through use of toothpaste or fluoridated water supplies, is probably the most effective cavity prevention treatment available. Fluoride helps teeth in number of ways.

Fluoride can promote tooth remineralization. This means it attracts other minerals, particularly calcium, to the areas of teeth where tooth decay can form, helping to strengthen teeth. Fluoride also helps to make teeth more resistant to decay. New tooth mineral created when fluoride is present helps to make teeth harder, making it more difficult for acids and bacteria to penetrate the enamel of the teeth and cause damage.

According to the American Dental Association, individuals who find themselves prone to cavities or whose dentists have deemed them high-risk for developing cavities may benefit from fluoride application beyond the norm. This may include prescription fluoride applied directly to the teeth at home or in-office fluoride procedures.

Application of fluoride should not replace daily oral hygiene habits. It is still vital to brush twice a day, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist regularly for checkups!

For more information or to set up an appointment for a cleaning, call our office at any time!


38 East Decatur Ave
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
(approximately one mile off the Black Horse Pike)

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Call: (609) 641 0016
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