General Dentistry

It begins at the gums...Routine is Key

Routine is Key

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is the key to good oral health. Frequent visits keep your smile healthy, but these visits may also help catch potential problems early. This could make treatments simpler and more affordable. Catching problems early is not only good for oral health and your wallet, but it may also boost your medical health too. The benefits of routine oral maintenance are seemingly endless!

Battle the Buildup

At NELA Dental, routine check ups include teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist and an examination by your dentist. Cleanings remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. Excess tartar can lead to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay, that&rsquos because your body treats tartar like it would the flu or an infection. It is important to keep this buildup under control. If plaque is allowed to thrive for years, the damage may be irreversible. It is also important to have an at-home routine to maintain healthy gums and teeth. NELA Dental dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, floss regularly, and rinse with mouthwash.

Your Heart Will Thank You

Studies have shown a link between gum disease and your heart. Research suggests that those who suffer from gum disease may have an increased risk of developing heart disease. Inflammation caused by gum disease may be the link between the two. Signs of gum disease:

-red, swollen, or tender gums

-bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating

-persistent bad breath

-gum recession

Let&rsquos Get Started

Frequency of dental visits depend on the patient. Those with little risk of cavities and gum disease should visit their dentist once or twice year. Higher risk patients should visit a dentist every three to four months. Higher risk patients include those with a personal or family history of oral issues, pregnant women, and those with heart disease.

Call NELA Dental to schedule your check up. We offer flexible appointment times at three convenient locations. Our offices are located in Monroe, Farmerville, and Oak Grove. Our dentists are ready to help guide you to your healthiest smile. Resource: American Academy of Periodontology



(318) 387-5732
2016 Tower Drive, Monroe, LA


(318) 368-9518
7699 Highway 2, Farmerville, LA


Vance Costello, D.D.S.
Daniel Raymond, D.D.S.
Ryan Rachal, D.D.S.
Mary Rachal, D.D.S.
Mallory Pruden, D.D.S.