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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
June 01, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  
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Great oral hygiene is built on two principal tasks — daily brushing and flossing. Brushing removes plaque — a thin film of bacteria and food particles — from broad tooth surfaces. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth you can’t reach effectively with brushing. It takes both tasks to get the most disease prevention benefit from your daily cleaning.

Many people, though, have a hard time incorporating the latter of the two into their daily routine. This may be because manual flossing with string seems to require a bit more manual dexterity, although it can be mastered with proper training and practice. Some, though, may not possess the physical ability to adequately floss. It’s also difficult for individuals wearing orthodontic braces or other appliances that cover teeth.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to string floss: oral irrigation. This method removes plaque from between teeth with pulsating water pressurized by either a handheld or countertop device known as an oral irrigator or water flosser, and emitted through a special nozzle directed at the teeth. Studies have shown it to be an effective means for controlling plaque.

As to you switching to a home water flosser, we’ll be happy to discuss if it’s a good option for you. We can also train you on effective techniques for string flossing if you don’t feel you’re doing it properly.

Whichever method you use, it’s important for you to floss daily to keep plaque under control between your teeth. Along with brushing and regular dental visits, it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy and free of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

If you would like more information on flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”



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