Protecting your smile is easy, when you think of it. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day takes less than 10 minutes. You spend more time than that waiting in line, showering, or reading emails! Professional cleanings and exams are another essential part of maintaining your oral health. A hygienist can remove the plaque and bacteria that cause decay in places you cannot reach and your

dentist

will identify changes in your mouth before extensive dental work is necessary, saving you the time and money you would spend filling

cavities in Amherst, NY

.



Headed for a Cavity?

Answer the questions below to find out whether your oral health is at risk. Take the quiz and count up the corresponding points to learn more.



  1. Do you brush your teeth less than twice per day? Yes-1 or No-0
    Plaque and bacteria must be removed daily as the bacteria produce acids that cause tooth decay. Brushing in the AM and PM is the minimum for maintenance. Fluoride provides an additional benefit by making your teeth more resistant to those acids.
  2. Do you floss less than once per day? Yes-1 or No-0 Your gums provide a protective barrier for your teeth. Be sure to keep them healthy by keeping them free of bacteria. 
  3. Do you have braces or partial dentures? Yes-1 or No-0
    Tooth replacements and orthodontics are excellent treatments to improve the health and appearance of your smile. However, it is more difficult to keep your teeth and gums free of decay when these are present. 
  4. Are you taking any medication that causes dry mouth? Yes-1 or No-0
    Saliva rinses away the debris from your teeth and gums, promoting good oral health. When your mouth is left dry, you are at risk of developing cavities in Amherst, NY
  5. Are you over-using smile whiteners? Yes-1 or No-0
    Over-the-counter tooth whiteners can be damaging to your enamel. The safest and most effective way to get a brighter smile is professional whitening from your dentist
  6. Do you snack on sugary treats and sodas between meals? Yes-1 or No-0
    Bacteria that live in your plaque thrive on sugar, using it to make acids that will lead to cavities. Snacking on fruit not only provides you with nutrients, it promotes saliva production to cleanse your mouth.

How Did You Do?
There are 6 points possible in the quiz. Scoring a 0-2 places you at a lower risk. If you scored a 3 or more, you should consider scheduling a consultation right away. Let Dr. James Lesinski evaluate your dental health and discuss your smile goals with you.