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Dental Hygiene Q & A by Viviane Trinh, DMD

Dental Hygiene Q & A by Viviane Trinh, DMD

Dr. Viviane Trinh and her staff remind every patient that good dental hygiene is the key to healthy teeth and gums and preventing dental problems. Contact her practice, Viviane Trinh, DMD, in New York City, to schedule a routine dental cleaning, a thorough exam, and to talk about proper brushing and flossing techniques.


What Is Dental Hygiene?

Dental hygiene, or oral hygiene, is all about taking care of your teeth and gums. Good dental hygiene is essential for being able to chew food, speak properly, and to prevent dental problems. Having a healthy smile also boosts your overall appearance and confidence.

Maintaining good dental hygiene includes several activities:

  • Brushing twice daily to remove plaque and prevent decay
  • Flossing at least once each day
  • Eating a healthy diet with nutrients needed for strong teeth, like calcium and vitamin D
  • Limiting sugary foods that cause tooth decay
  • Getting a checkup every 6 months for a thorough dental cleaning

Remember that the way you brush is important. Improper brushing either doesn’t help much or could cause problems. For example, brushing too hard can damage the gums, while a brief, light brushing won’t do much good. For optimal oral hygiene, brush for 2-3 minutes, using short strokes and a scrubbing motion, and reaching each part of every tooth. If you have any questions about your technique, our dental hygienist will help when you come in for a checkup.

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