Good Daily Hygiene: Helping You Maintain Your Smile

Sometimes you break a tooth quite severely and it must be removed. Sometimes periodontal disease develops and you end up losing your tooth and must choose a replacement. Fortunately, we can often help you avoid problems like tooth loss and the need for prosthetics like dental implants. No, this preventive solution does not require you to make any major changes or to do anything complex. In most cases, you can avoid the development of serious problems by practicing excellent daily hygiene. Pretty sure you’re doing everything right? Check your habits with the following suggestions:

Replace Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush may still look brand new or clean but if you have been using it for longer than three months, you have missed the mark. Swap out for a new brush once every three months or once your brush looks like it has seen better days.

Choose Soft Bristles

Hard bristles seem like the logical choice but the best toothbrush for your smile is a soft-bristle brush. It will gently sweep away plaque and debris without being too abrasive. Bristles that are too hard can damage your enamel or any prosthetics you may have, such as crowns or porcelain veneers.

Brush Twice for Two Minutes

It’s really a simple equation. Just make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time you brush. Rushing your brushing session can result in plaque that remains on your teeth. Plaque, a sticky substance filled with bacteria, is the leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Want to avoid tooth loss and the need for tooth replacements like dental implants? This is a good place to start.

Floss Daily

It may not be your favorite activity but that may be because you don’t know the best way to do it. First, make sure you’re using around 18 inches of dental floss. Then, use one small segment of the floss at a time as you move throughout your mouth. Cup the floss around each tooth, rather than simply dragging it up and down.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.