Brushing and flossing are at the center of preventive care, as are twice-yearly visits to the practice of Julie Elessawi, DDS, where we are pleased to provide you with the examination and dental cleaning that keep your teeth and gums at their healthiest and strongest.
As important as it is to come to our Eatontown dental office every six months, it’s equally important to take proper care of your oral hygiene between those trips here. Good nutrition plays a role, and that is especially so when it comes to limiting your sugars and starches. Those are items that are key in dental plaque being produced. It’s that invisible, sticky film that erodes your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. But it’s also no friend to your gums, creating redness and irritation, which are the signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Our Eatontown dental office recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice every day: when you wake up, and then again before you go to sleep. If you can also brush after meals, this is also highly encouraged. Another effective tool against dental plaque is flossing. Do so before bed. Your complete oral hygiene regimen should be successful in removing most of the dental plaque, if not all of it. Tartar is what forms from plaque that remains. It’s harder and crustier, and the only efficient way to eliminate it is a dental cleaning. Two times every year, come in and get one. In addition to the eradication of tartar buildup, there is a second equally crucial reason for it. The effects of gingivitis are reversed with a dental cleaning (or two). That prevents the onset of advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, along with inflammation, infection, and other unpleasant effects.
Now is a good time to contact our Eatontown dental office and book an appointment to come in for your six month examination and cleaning.