FAQs: Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene

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Everyone desires a beautiful smile. The key to enjoying a bright, healthy smile is with good dental hygiene. By properly caring for your teeth and gums, you can help prevent common dental health issues and help your smile avoid the onset of stains or gaps. At A New Smile, we answer questions about how to practice good dental hygiene.

Frequently Asked Questions About Good Dental Hygiene

Question: How often do I need to brush my teeth?

Answer: We recommend thoroughly brushing your teeth twice a day, everyday. In addition, you should always select a brush with soft bristles. Hard bristles can actually damage your enamel, which cannot repair itself, leading to an increased risk of developing tooth decay.

Question: Should I floss everyday?

Answer: Yes. You should floss once day, preferably before bed. This removes the stray food particles that have become stuck between teeth. Otherwise, bacteria break down these bits of food and increase the level of oral acids in the mouth. Soon, the teeth become coated in plaque, which both weakens enamel and inflames the gums, often leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Question: Does it matter what I eat or drink?

Answer: Yes it does. Foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches can be broken down by bacteria, leading to plaque buildup, which causes enamel erosion and gum inflammation. We suggest substituting sodas with water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy snack.

Question: How often should I see a dentist?

Answer: We suggest seeing your dentist at least twice a day, about once every six months, During this time, you should undergo a regular checkup and cleaning, which brightens your smile and help you avoid cavities and periodontal disease.

About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.