Lakeforest Dental Associates
Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

How can we help you?

If you need a dentist for your family, you are probably seeking the information you need to help you decide if our dental office is right for you.

Here are some of the common questions we receive from our patients. If your is not listed here, just give us a call or use our contact page to get in touch.

We are always happy to help.

Preventive Dentistry

emergency dentistry | cosmetic dentistry | gaithersburg We can see you as soon as you’re available, usually the same day. We do not want our patients to be uncomfortable with a dental problem.

Dental emergencies are something we take seriously here at Lakeforest Dental Associates.

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

  • Oral pain
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Being unable to chew, whether in your entire mouth or just a section
  • Throbbing
  • Pressure
  • A loosened or knocked out tooth
  • Infection
  • Broken teeth

Call Dr. Daftary If You Are In Pain

Learn more about dental emergencies and what to do by visiting our emergency dental page. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, give Lakeforest Dental Associates a call. 


Gum Disease Treatment in GaithersburgPeriodontal (gum) disease is a condition that currently affects around half of American adults over the age of 30 in some form. Gum disease is best described as an infection of your gums and the bone that together are the foundations for your teeth.

Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease can be a tricky condition to diagnose on your own because it causes minimal pain and very few symptoms in the beginning. Gingivitis is the first phase of gum disease, and some of the signs are:

  • Bleeding during brushing and flossing
  • Bad breath that doesn't go away
  • Gums that appear red, swollen, or irritated

If you notice these signs, it is the right time to contact your dentist for a checkup and dental cleaning. Being proactive about treating gingivitis may even allow you to reverse your condition.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. At this stage you may have pain or tenderness when chewing, you might notice that your teeth feel mobile, or your gums are receding. Treating periodontitis requires scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning that reaches below the gum line. Antibiotic therapy or surgery may be necessary in some cases. 

Periodontal Treatment in Gaithersburg

If you have concerns about periodontal disease in Gaithersburg, or if it's time for your next cleaning and checkup, please contact Lakeforest Dental Associates to schedule your appointment.

preventative dentistry | dentist | gaithersburg Preventative dentistry in Gaithersburg is your first line of defense in protecting your oral health against issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Your preventative appointments consist of a thorough cleaning and examination, and it's recommended that you have one of these appointments at least every six months.

What Happens During My Cleaning?

Your hygienist uses special tools to remove the excess plaque buildup from your teeth during your cleaning. If plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it builds up and hardens into a substance called tartar. It is plaque and tartar that cause conditions like gum disease and cavities in your teeth.

Your cleaning is also an excellent time to ask your hygienist about proper brushing and flossing techniques so you can make the most of your home care routine.

My Gaithersburg MD Dental Exam

During your examination, Dr. Daftary and Dr. Zaner will check the health of each tooth as well as your gums and soft tissues. X-rays are typically recommended once a year so our dentists can see exactly what's happening inside of your mouth.

They will discuss any concerns they see, or treatment needs they may recommend for you at this time. Being proactive about completing your treatment ensures that you get the most effective procedures that are the least invasive.

professional teeth whitening | general dentistry | gaithersburg mdOur Gaithersburg, MD general dentists believe in preventive dentistry. It is through preventive dentistry that your teeth can remain healthy and viable for life.

Additionally, our recommendations for professional teeth cleanings every six months mirrors best practices put forward by the American Dental Association.

Our Recommendations for Daily Oral Care

  • Brushing at least twice per day
  • Flossing at least once per day
  • Having professional teeth cleanings at least every six months

The team at Lakeforest Dental Associates has found that patients who follow recommendation put forward by the American Dental Association have fewer cavities, fewer dental emergencies, and are far more likely to keep their teeth for life.

Outside of professional recommendations, the reasons you need a professional teeth cleaning are many.

Yes, you brush and floss twice per day—maybe more—but your toothbrush can’t hit every nook. Your floss cannot reach that bacteria-loving spot just below the gumline. Besides, stubborn bacteria and resistant tartar are not so easily brushed away.

Our Gaithersburg dental hygienist has the right tools to gently but thoroughly clean away the bacteria and tartar that lead to dental infections, cavities, and tooth loss.

Teeth Cleanings & Dental Exams in Gaithersburg

If you have not scheduled your six-month professional teeth cleaning, contact our Gaithersburg dental team today.

oral cleaning | general dentistry | gaithersburg mdAt Lakeforest Dental Associates, we are ready and excited to provide quality dental care to your entire family. Every member of your family who has at least one tooth should be visiting the dentist approximately twice each year. Once your toddler has started teething, it is never too early to bring them to our office! 

Great Oral Care for a Lifetime

Strong oral hygiene habits can be taught from a young age and are reinforced in the home. Regular dental cleanings are one of the most effective ways to prevent deep decay or other unwelcome dental surprises, and consistent care is particularly important for children so they can learn proper hygiene habits before their permanent teeth arrive. 

We pride ourselves on being a family dental practice, and we enjoy getting to know and treating every member of the families we serve in the Gaithersburg community. We encourage entire families to make visiting our office a regular part of their routines, and we are always available to answer your questions or discuss the concerns you may have about your smile. 

Dental Cleanings in Gaithersburg

To learn more about how Dr. Daftary and our team can help your family protect your smiles for years to come, contact Lakeforest Dental Associates today at (301) 330-8787.

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