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As you head into a new year, now is the perfect time to commit to caring for your smile as thoroughly and effectively as you can. Our Glendale dentists are here with some tips on how you can take your oral hygiene plan to the next level. Keep reading to learn more!

The first thing to do is to call your dental office and schedule your professional dental cleanings for the year. In general, these cleanings should be completed every six months or so. Some patients, for example those who have diabetes or those who are battling periodontal disease, may need to come in more frequently for treatment. Take the time now to call your dentist and get those professional cleanings on your calendar; these appointments will help you maintain a fresh and clean smile throughout the year.

Next, take a second to assess your current daily oral hygiene routine. Are you doing everything you can to protect your smile from plaque and tartar? You probably already know that you should be brushing twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed. Beyond that…

  • Make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes every time you brush
  • Apply gentle pressure to your teeth and gums so as not to cause inadvertent damage
  • Talk to your dentist about what type of toothbrush bristle you should use—for many people a soft bristle is appropriate, and, in fact, using a firmer bristle could be too harsh

Now is also the time to recommit to flossing every night. The best time to floss is right before you brush your teeth, so that you’re able to disrupt as much plaque and dental debris as possible.

Our Glendale dentists have all the information that you need about how to care for your smile this year. Please feel free to give us a call to schedule a consultation, or use the Contact Us page on our website to submit a question for our team.


You do your best to clean and care for your smile at home, but are you complementing this care with professional treatment? Regularly scheduled professional cleanings help to keep your smile feeling fresh and clean and looking great.

Our Glendale dentists will help you figure out how often you need to come in for professional cleanings. The general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so. However, people with ongoing oral health issues may benefit from coming in more frequently.

So, what happens at these semi-annual cleanings? Well, the short answer is a lot of things!

First of all, our dentist is going to remove the plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your teeth throughout the past few months. Despite our best efforts, some oral bacteria and plaque inevitably escape our brushing and flossing efforts. As time goes on, plaque compounds and calcifies on the dental enamel; you’ll need our dental team to help you clear it away.

During your appointment, we’ll also assess your mouth for any signs of dental damage and oral infection. We can spot issues that are otherwise undetectable to the naked eye. Professional cleanings allow our team to stay on top of even the smallest changes to your smile, and to treat dental problems before they become severe.

Part of this assessment is an oral cancer screening. Because oral cancers are most easily and effectively treated in their earliest stages, these screenings are crucial to maintaining long-term oral health.

We know that it can be easy to fall out of the habit of seeing your dentist for professional cleanings. Our Glendale dentists are here to tell you that, no matter what the current state of your smile, we can help you get the preventive and restorative care that you need.


There are so many toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market today, and sometimes patients feel a little overwhelmed when evaluating all of their options. That’s why our Glendale dentists are here with some information about common ingredients in oral hygiene products. Take a look at the things you’re using to clean your mouth to get a better idea of what your oral hygiene products are doing to help your smile!

One of the key goals of toothpastes and mouth rinses is to inhibit the development of dental cavities. For this reason, fluoride is often included in these types of products. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps to strengthen dental enamel and allow it to re-mineralize. Fluoride makes your enamel stronger and more resilient so that bacteria cannot penetrate the tooth’s surface.

Obviously, toothpastes also need to be able to effectively brush away plaque and food particles. That is why toothpastes include abrasive agents; these ingredients effectively clean the teeth without being too rough and sharp on dental tissues. If you see ingredients like magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate, silicate, or phosphate salt, then you’ll know that your toothpaste has abrasive agents.

As more and more patients are searching for solutions to dental sensitivity, toothpastes and mouth rinses are being thoughtfully crafted to include ingredients that keep patients smiling comfortably. Sensitivity occurs when a patient’s nerves, which sit inside the tooth, are too exposed. Certain ingredients, like calcium sodium, phosphosilicate, stannous fluoride, and potassium salts can minimize nerve sensitivity. If you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing dental discomfort when drinking hot/cold beverages, or in cold weather, talk to your dentist about what kind of sensitivity-minimizing formulations you should incorporate into your routine.

As always, our Glendale dentists are happy to give you more information about commonly used dental ingredients, as well as ways you can optimize your at-home oral hygiene efforts. Give us a call to get started!