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John Pietruszka DDS | Dental Hygiene in Staten Island


John F. Pietruszka DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Implant Prosthetics

1870 Richmond Road

Staten Island, NY 10306

Phone (718) 987-2303  Fax (718) 987-2533

Email: [email protected]

Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene


At our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service, and that the dental treatment is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine.  We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth white and healthy.  If you have any questions about your current brushing/flossing plan, please ask us.

Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth.  Care of your gums is essential to oral hygiene as well.  We will provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, and can refer you to a recommended specialist if necessary. Please let us know if you have any questions.


  1. We recommend brushing at least two times daily, and three times is always better.  We recommend flossing  at least once daily at bedtime.  Floss before bedtime brushing.
  2. Patients who have frequent decay and cavities should use ACT fluoride mouthrinse after brushing at bedtime. Swish for 60 seconds, expectorate, and retire to sleep with the remaining solution on your teeth.
  3. Patients with gingivitis or periodontal problems are advised to rinse with LISTERINE.  We recommend a mix of 50% LISTERINE / 50% water . Rinse for about 30 seconds and expectorate.
  4. We recommend GLIDE or generic “high tech” dental floss which is composed from GORTEX fiber. This floss is more durable, with less tendency to shred, break, or get caught between the teeth and restorations.
  5. We always advise our patients to use a soft or extra soft toothbrush.  Medium and hard bristle brushes cause tooth abrasion,  which can cause teeth to become extremely sensitive.  SENSODYNE toothpaste is very effective in treating this problem.
  6. Patients with gums that bleed easily usually have a periodontal problems. It is best to make an appointment for an exam/cleaning if you are having these symptoms.


Staten Island Dentist | Dental Hygiene. John Pietruszka is a Staten Island Dentist.