Oral hygiene and Preventive Care

Oral HygieneAvoiding cavities can be as simple as following recommended oral hygiene practices and visiting your dentist every six months. Pasadena, CA, dentist Dr. Jerry Johnson helps you protect your smile with a full range of dental services and treatments.

Good brushing techniques help prevent cavities

Brushing your teeth removes plaque before it can begin to cause cavities. Unfortunately, brushing isn't helpful if it's not performed correctly. When you brush, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short, circular strokes to clean the front and back of each tooth. Using too much pressure or a brushing with a medium-bristle brush may erode your tooth enamel. Enamel erosion makes it easier for cavities to form and may also make your teeth look dull if the underlying dentin layer is exposed. Once your dental enamel wears away, it can never be replaced.

The length of your brushing session matters

The faster you brush your teeth, the more likely you'll leave plaque behind. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes to ensure that your mouth is plaque-free.

Use fluoridated products

Although all toothpastes help you remove plaque from your teeth, fluoridated toothpastes offer an extra benefit. The natural mineral remineralizes weak areas of your tooth enamel, protecting them from acids that can attack your tooth enamel. If you use a natural toothpaste that doesn't contain fluoride, consider following brushing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride. Fluoridated mouthwashes that also kill bacteria are an excellent addition to any oral hygiene routine.

Don't forget to floss

Even the most diligent brushers don't always remember to floss. Unfortunately, if you don't floss, you may be more likely to develop cavities between your teeth. Daily flossing will help you avoid tooth decay and also keep your mouth free of trapped food particles that can cause bad breath.

Dental visits are an important aspect of good oral health

Your Pasadena dentist helps you protect your smile with regular examinations, oral cancer screenings and professional dental cleanings. Cleanings remove both plaque and tartar and help you reduce your cavity and gum disease risk. Regular examinations are the perfect time to discuss your concerns about your oral health and receive helpful tips that will help you improve your oral health.

Is it time for your dental exam? Call Pasadena, CA, dentist Dr. Jerry Johnson at (626) 798-7896 to schedule your appointment.


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I'm so glad that I found this dentist! He and his staff are the nicest, kindest, and professional people! The main reasons are that they are honest and fair. I feel like I'm going to see family when I go there. Dr. Johnson and his team always treat you with care. They are very gentle, because I'm sure that they are cognizant of the fact that most people are very frightened to see a dentist and get their teeth cleaned or treated. Great people-highly recommended! 

Richard P.


January 25, 2023

Dr. Johnson and his staff worked with me when I had a recent dental emergency. He was able to work me into his schedule and diagnose my cracked tooth and provide temporary relief from the pain. I am extremely happy with my new crown and feel that Dr. Johnson did an amazing job. 


I wouldn't go anywhere else! I have a phobia of dentists and had stayed away from any for 5-6 years until I found doctor Johnson. He worked with me and seemed to understand my fear. With a genetic tendency for gum problems he has done everything to help encourage me to improve my dental health. Even when I went to grad school and had access to the low cost university dentist, I chose to have Dr Johnson do my dental work. 5 stars all the way.  

 Michele Y.


Dr. Johnson is a high-quality dentist who takes the time to explain any procedure you need to have done, which greatly puts you at ease. I recently broke off a piece of one of my back molars while eating at a restaurant. I called his office and Dr. Johnson was able to see me right away and fit me in to his schedule. I ended up needing a crown and couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Johnson!     

I have been going to Dr. Johnson's office for a number of years and I can not recommend them enough.  The staff is knowledgeable, courteous and always friendly - there is a caring, personal touch here that you do not find with all Dental Offices.  

From the moment you arrive you are greeted with a smile and a warm demeanor by Mary at the front desk, and that feeling continues through the rest of your visit.  Dr. Johnson always takes the time to explain any necessary procedures and offers advice & tips on ways that I can improve my teeth in advance of the next visit.  

Patrick F.

Sep 20, 2010 

I know that often people don't usually enjoy going to the dentist, which is why I have told referred so many people to Dr. Johnson - here you really feel like you are part of the family.
Robert - 

Best Dentist In the World!!!!!! 

My wife has been going to Dr. Johnson for quite some time now and she introduced me to him about 12 years ago. I have never felt so comfortable with a dentist as I have with Dr. Johnson. I have had a lot of work done by Dr. Johnson and have never felt any pain... AT ALL! If you are afraid of going to the dentist because of the pain, you need not fear Dr. Johnson. He is easy going and patient and does not try to sell you anything you don't need. Another thing that makes his office great is, he is prompt. If your appointment is at 2, then you are in your chair and being worked on at 2. He doesn't over book, which speaks volumes about his care for his patients.     


mvanier - Oct 8, 2009


 Jerry Johnson is the best dentist I've ever been to. I used to go to Dental Plus in Pasadena, and although their dentists were very competent, they were always trying to get me to do what I thought were unnecessary procedures (like veneers I didn't want or need). Jerry is the exact opposite of this. He's very laid-back, knowledgeable, and never tries to rip you off. His staff are friendly, polite, and intelligent. I think he already has plenty of patients, but I'd strongly recommend him if you're looking for a dentist in the Pasadena area. 










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