Preventive care is not just one item, but a comprehensive strategy that begins at home and continues here at the office of Dr. Donald Salomon and Dr. Joseph Esposito. It includes your food and drink choices, your oral hygiene regimen, and making two visits per year for our dental exam and teeth cleaning.
It all comes down to avoiding the effects of dental plaque, which is the film-like substance that forms on your teeth and can also be found between them and at the gum line. It erodes tooth enamel, leading to the development of cavities. It also irritates and may eventually inflame and infect your gums. Our White Plains dentist recommends thorough brushing of your teeth when you wake up, and again before bed. For your nighttime brushing, be sure also to floss vigorously. When you do, you’re giving yourself the best chance to remove the majority of the plaque in your mouth, if not all of it. If any escapes your toothbrush and dental floss, it will turn into hardened tartar, retaining its ability to cause harm to your oral health. Unfortunately, though, there is no way to efficiently address tartar on your own. During your checkup with our White plains dentist, you will also get a teeth cleaning, and that’s how tartar buildup is eliminated. It is through this preventive care that future cavities become less likely. And the cleaning also reverses the effects of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. When you consider that the progression of gum disease may result in loss of gum and bone tissue, loose teeth, and more, it becomes essential to prevent later stage gum disease, or periodontitis.
Our White Plains dentist wants to help you to keep your teeth and gums strong, vibrant, and free of problems. So contact us now and make an appointment to come in.