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By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Home Oral Care  

Look good and feel great—these are the basic benefits of a healthy smile. In San Gabriel Valley, CA, your dentist, Dr. Jerry Johnson, helps all his patients with outstanding in-office care. He also supports their at-home care with tips and education to prevent gum disease, decay, and other oral health problems. Learn more here.

At-home oral care

It's simple, but it does take some thought and time. Overall, you're trying to protect and beautify your smile, including the teeth, gums, and other soft oral tissues.

Your San Gabriel Valley dentist recommends:

  • Twice a day brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush which is in good condition. Be sure to cover all your tooth surfaces.
  • Once a day flossing. Flossing around each tooth captures much of the plaque your toothbrush can't get at.
  • Using an anti-plaque or fluoride mouthwash for extra protection against gum disease and cavities. Ask Dr. Johnson or your hygienist which one is right for you.
  • Cutting out the sugary foods and snacking habits. Both encourage tooth decay.
  • Being aware of what's happening in your mouth. If you have a toothache, feel a lump or have a sore which just won't heal, call Dr. Johnson.
  • Stopping tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Both encourage tooth decay and periodontal disease. Plus, oral cancer can be traced to both of these bad habits.
  • Choosing and using a fluoridated toothpaste to harden enamel. Drink plenty of fluoridated water, and ask Dr. Johnson about topically-applied fluoride varnishes.
  • Staying well-hydrated. Water intake increases your production of saliva. Saliva removes food residues, starts the digestive process, and suppresses harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • Protecting your smile with a bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth. The crushing pressures of bruxism wear, and can even crack, your enamel, causing pain and allowing bacteria to infiltrate tooth surfaces.

Together, we can do it all

Your best smile begins with daily oral care. In his San Gabriel Valley, CA, office, Dr. Jerry Johnson and his capable staff follow up with excellent preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care. Contact us with any concerns you may have: (626) 798-7896.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
July 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health

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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