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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
August 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   flossing   brushing  

Are you ready to find out some helpful tips for how to avoid periodontal disease?

With almost half of the American population dealing with some form of gum disease, it’s important that you know exactly what you can dogum disease to protect yourself against this potentially serious issue. From the office of your Lawrenceville, NJ periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, discover the habits that will keep gum disease away.

Brush Your Teeth Everyday

One of the surefire ways to prevent gum disease is to make sure you are brushing your teeth everyday. In fact, you should be brushing at least twice a day to remove plaque and food that buildup or get trapped on and between teeth. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue, which is also teeming with bacteria!

Don’t Forget to Floss

You may be good about brushing your teeth everyday, but how about flossing? Flossing is such an important habit for maintaining healthy teeth and gums but it often goes ignored. But flossing once a day can prevent plaque from building up along the gumline and turning into tartar.

Figure Out Your Risk Factors

There are certain factors such as genetics, diet, smoking and other factors that can increase your chances of developing gum disease. If you are at risk, be sure to turn to our Lawrenceville gum expert for care.

Be Evaluated Once a Year

Whether you are at risk or not, it’s important that we perform a comprehensive periodontal evaluation to check the health of your teeth and gums, and to see how much plaque and tartar buildup there is. Being able to detect gum disease as soon as possible will make it easier to treat.

If you need to schedule your six-month cleaning, or if you are noticing symptoms or changes in your gum health, then it’s time you called our periodontal office in Lawrenceville, NJ. Turn to Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC today!


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
August 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
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Daily personal care is essential for optimal oral health. Brushing and flossing in particular keep bacteria and acid, the main causes of dental disease, at manageable levels. But to gain the most benefit from your personal care, you need to perform these tasks effectively with the proper techniques and equipment.

For most people brushing begins with a soft-bristled, multi-tufted toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste that helps strengthen enamel. You should hold the brush at a slight angle and brush with a gentle motion to remove plaque, the main cause of gum disease and tooth decay — if you’re too aggressive by brushing too hard or too long, you could damage the gums. You should brush no more than twice a day for two minutes, and at least thirty minutes to an hour after eating to allow saliva time to neutralize any remaining acid and help restore minerals to enamel.

Although some people find flossing difficult to perform, it remains an important component of daily care. Flossing once a day removes plaque from between teeth where a brush can’t reach. If you need help with your technique using string floss, we’ll be glad to provide instruction at your next visit. If you have bridges, braces or other dental restorations or appliances that make string flossing difficult, you might consider other options like floss threaders or a water flosser.

There are also dietary and lifestyle choices you can make to enhance your daily care: limit sugary or acidic foods to mealtime and avoid between meal snacks to reduce bacteria and acid in the mouth; drink water to keep your mouth moist, which will inhibit plaque buildup; and stop tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and chewing habits like clenching or biting on hard objects. Above all, be sure to visit us at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups, or when you notice abnormalities like bleeding gums, pain or sores.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can be done, but it requires a daily care commitment. Performing these hygiene habits in an effective manner will help preserve your teeth for a lifetime.

If you would like more information on effective oral care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
August 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
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When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”




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