When it comes to enjoying a smile that serves you well for many years to come, ongoing maintenance is a must. That’s why Dr. Deborah Lesem places such a big emphasis on preventive care and patient education for her valued patients. Our team works hard to not only identify your dental concerns with comprehensive checkups and cleanings, but also help you understand their sources and how you can better prevent them in the future. If you’re ready to schedule a first appointment for you or a family member, don’t hesitate to contact our New Orleans, LA location.
No matter how diligently you brush and floss each night, dental problems can still develop in ways that may go unnoticed by untrained eyes. That’s why attending at least two checkups and cleanings a year with a trusted dentist like Dr. Lesem is so important for children and adults alike. During these vital appointments, she will thoroughly review every aspect of your smile, including each individual tooth, the gum tissue, the bite, the jaw, and any existing restorative work. Dr. Lesem will also perform an oral cancer screening at every dental cleaning and exam visit. Our team’s goal is to locate signs of damage and disease as early in their development as possible, making treatment simple and effective.
Cleanings are important for everyone because decay-causing plaque and tartar are professionally removed from tooth and gum surfaces, helping the teeth and overall oral health remain strong over the years. Dr. Lesem personally handles these hygiene sessions herself so that she gets to know her patients better and can help them feel at ease.
Dr. Lesem enjoys treating all ages and whole families here at her practice, including young patients who are just starting to learn about the importance of ongoing oral healthcare. She and her team will always be gentle and friendly with your special son or daughter, providing them with careful checkups, refreshing cleanings, and other children’s dentistry services such as preventive sealants and fluoride treatments that support their growing smiles. If we locate any developmental concerns during these appointments, we’ll be sure to bring them to your (the parent’s) attention as soon as possible.
When young patients are still learning how to keep their teeth clean with diligent brushing and flossing, a common problem is the threat of cavities forming in the hard-to-reach chewing surfaces of back teeth (premolars and molars). That’s why Dr. Lesem is likely to recommend the placement of dental sealants. These quick and effective preventive aids are designed to “seal” into place over these teeth, blocking out food particles and dangerous bacteria and significantly reducing the risk of eventual tooth decay.
Do you know that regularly drinking tap water can actually improve your healthy smile in the long run? This is because most community water supplies contain fluoride, a valuable mineral that’s been shown to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities over countless years of research. If you or your children aren’t receiving enough exposure to fluoride on a regular basis, Dr. Lesem can provide professional applications as a part of your routine appointments.
Bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching) is a common health problem among patients of all ages, particularly adults who experience a lot of daily stress. Many aren’t even aware that they’re a victim because the habit occurs at night while sleeping, leaving them with jaw pain, worn-down teeth, receding gums, and other unpleasant consequences. Dr. Lesem excels at the design of custom-made oral appliances (occlusal guards) that can provide the optimal protection patients in need deserve. Once in place within the mouth, your personal occlusal guard will help protect your teeth and prevent further destruction of your teeth and gums.
Sometimes, patients are left in the dark when it comes to the realities of their oral health – after all, you’re unable to see what Dr. Lesem is seeing as she peers within your mouth. Thankfully, this problem is solved by the use of our state-of-the-art intraoral camera. This technology captures high-resolution images of your smile and transmits them to a monitor in the room, providing a helpful visual aid that Dr. Lesem can use as she explains any problems you’re facing and the treatment options available to solve them.