The Importance of Regular Cleanings and Exams

Excellent oral hygiene impacts not only your smile, but your overall body health as well. There are several health conditions that are affected directly by oral hygiene, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. There is also a correlation between good oral health and having a healthy full-term pregnancy. Regular dental exams are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and much more. Here are a few benefits of regular cleanings and exams:

  • Checking for tooth decay
  • Checking for gum disease
  • Preventing tooth loss
  • Whitening your smile
  • Detecting oral cancers
  • Maintaining your overall health

What is Included with a Cleaning & Exam at Light Touch Dental Care?

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Gum Disease and How to Prevent It

Gum disease is a serious disease that affects the tissue of the gums. It is estimated that as many as 47 % of adults over the age of 30 are affected by gum disease in the United States. This is a condition that is completely preventable with proper oral hygiene and dental care.


Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that holds teeth in place and protects the bone the jaw. It can lead to a loss of the tissue and bone that support a healthy smile, putting your Read More

Halloween Candy: Your Dental Health Survival Guide

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies…and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you are not careful! Toledo area dentist Dr. Natalie Nechvatal sends a warning: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced; that acid is what can Read More

Extraction and Preservation

While Dr. Natalie Nechvatal will focus on helping you maintain your teeth for a lifetime, sometimes certain teeth need to be removed.  Wisdom teeth, extra teeth, or very crowded teeth present situations that may mean emergency dentistry treatments involving removal.  In some cases, severely decayed or cracked teeth, or those missing large amounts of supporting bone leave extraction as the only viable option.


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Why Dentists are Important

Regular visits to your family dentist are a key part of your oral hygiene. It is recommended regular six-month dental checkups be made to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Family dentists do more than keep your smile attractive; they also check up on your overall health as well. The health of your mouth serves as a mirror for your general health. Your dentist can help you catch any oral health issues such as cavities, and help to Read More

Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing your child’s permanent tooth. For all dental emergencies, it is important to take your child to the dentist or an emergency room as soon as possible.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the Read More

Things You Should Know Before Choosing a Family Doctor

Children learn good dental health habits from their parents. As your child grows, it is important to introduce them to a family dentist who can help them learn good preventative care, spot potential problems, and perform needed fixes like cosmetic dentistry or dental extractions. Here are things to consider when looking for dental care for you and your children.

  • First visit by first birthday.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both Read More

Restore Your Perfect Smile with Dentures

Regular dental check-ups, diligent brushing and flossing, and overall good care of teeth still cannot prevent tooth loss for countless individuals every year.  Losing a tooth, or several teeth, can cause complications for a patient. Here are a couple tooth replacement options that are commonly used today: dental bridges, and dentures.


If you are missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges can help Read More

Tips for Finding the Right Dentist

Taking care of your teeth involves more than simply brushing and flossing, although that is great start! Routine cleanings and checkups with your dentist are essential in taking care of your healthy smile. That is why it is important to start the search for the right dentist before you find yourself in a situation where you need immediate dental care. 

Her are a few tips to help get you started in the search for your new family dentist.

Know your Dental Healthcare Benefits

Your choice of dentist might be Read More