Even if you have a general understanding of what it takes to keep your smile clean and healthy, you may be missing out on some important details that can enhance your daily and long-term habits. For instance, are you sure about whether you’re brushing your best? Are you making the most of your preventive care visits? Rather than hoping for the best, you can simply do your best every day by considering some simple and very effective tips for maintaining an immaculate grin.

Ask Questions During Preventive Visits

Do you feel a bit embarrassed or shy during your visit, wondering if we will snicker at your questions? Rest assured – there is no question about your smile that you could bring up that would cause us to laugh! Even if you’re not sure about the best toothbrush to buy or the best method for flossing, we are always happy to have an open discussion with you. Please ask away – it can only help to improve your home preventive care.

Brush Long Enough

You can use just the right toothpaste and toothbrush – you can even use an excellent technique and brush twice a day like you’re supposed to. However, if your brushing sessions are only lasting 45 seconds each, you’re not going to reap the benefits of optimal preventive care. It’s extremely important that you brush for at least two minutes (every time you brush) to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.

Rinse First (Then Brush) After Meals

Upping your preventive care game is often as simple as brushing after meals, so food doesn’t have time to sit on your teeth. However, the trick here is to avoid brushing immediately. Instead, rinse right after you eat and then wait a half hour. You can then safely and effectively brush your smile.


Dental Associates of Moreno Valley is committed to offering patients of all ages the comprehensive dental care they need for gorgeous, healthy smiles. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, call our Moreno Valley office today at (951) 697-6800. We are also happy to welcome patients from Riverside, Temecula, Corona, and surrounding areas.