Cleaning and Prevention
Here, at Lesniak Dental Group, we believe in the power of prevention. Depending on your individual needs, we will recommend either quarterly or semi-annual cleanings and biannual or annual examinations. Not only do they help us stave off any dental problems before they arise, but they leave your gums healthier, and your teeth cleaner and whiter. During a professional cleaning we use specialized tools to remove hard plaque, otherwise known as calculus, that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It often involves a fluoride treatment for those at high risk of tooth decay, and a polish to help remineralize and further protect your teeth. Even if you have not had a cleaning in over two years, it is never too late to treat your teeth.
What are some preventative measures I can take?
Brush with a fluoride tooth paste
Use the rule of 2s: Brushing should be done at least 2 times per day and for 2 minutes each time.
Ask our dental hygienists if you have any questions about proper brushing techniques
Any over-the-counter toothpaste with fluoride will work just fine. However, there are specific toothpastes to suit your needs (ie. high cavity rate, stained teeth, sensitive teeth). Please be sure to ask one of our team members if you have any concerns.
Floss daily before bedtime
Typically, this should be done prior to brushing
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
The soft bristles protect the gums and still removes plaque from teeth
Some people may benefit from an electric toothbrush. Please be sure to ask one of our team members if that might be you.
Use an alcohol-free mouth rinse
This can help freshen your breath and keep your gums healthier