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Dental Hygiene Specialist

Olive Tree Dental

Marna Mae Longakit, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Endodontist located in Sunnyvale, CA

Good oral hygiene sets you up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Marna Mae Longakit, DDS, knows that your oral hygiene habits can affect your overall health. That’s why she provides exceptional dental hygiene care at Olive Tree Dental in Sunnyvale, California. To schedule a dental exam with Dr. Longakit, call Olive Tree Dental or book an appointment online now.

Dental Hygiene Q&A

What is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene is the act of keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy to prevent disease. Poor oral hygiene habits put you at risk for serious dental concerns, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. 

Not only are these dental problems detrimental to your overall health, they’re also time-consuming and costly to treat. Good oral hygiene can help protect your mouth so you don’t have to navigate extensive dental work and bills in the future.

Which types of dental concerns can good dental hygiene prevent?

Dental hygiene affects nearly every aspect of your overall oral health. Maintaining optimal oral hygiene can help prevent serious dental concerns, such as:

Tooth decay

Tooth decay, or a cavity, forms when debris and plaque build up on your teeth. The acids in plaque erode your tooth enamel over time and penetrate the protective barrier on the outside of your teeth. Without proper treatment, tooth decay can damage your entire tooth, leading to infection, cracks, and even tooth loss.

Gum disease

Your gums are the tissues that support your teeth and hold them in place so you can chew and bite down comfortably. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of bacteria and plaque on the gums that eats away at these tooth-supporting tissues. Equally as serious as tooth decay, untreated gum disease leads to persistent bad breath (halitosis), gum pain and bleeding, and even tooth loss.


Malocclusion happens when your upper and lower jaw don’t fit properly, which can cause tooth pain, jaw pain (TMJ), facial pain, and more. While you may not be able to prevent malocclusion, early intervention and orthodontic therapy can stop it from causing pain and tooth problems later in life.

How do I practice good dental hygiene habits?

The best way to maintain good oral health is by forming routine habits, such as:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Brushing after eating
  • Avoiding sugary drinks
  • Flossing twice a day
  • Maintaining bi-annual dental exams

When it comes to your oral health, it’s important that you contact Dr. Longakit if you notice any concerning changes in your teeth or gums, such as tooth pain, bleeding gums, or teeth that feel loose.

What happens during a dental exam?

Schedule a dental exam at least once every six months to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. Olive Tree Dental has the latest dental technology available at their office to elevate your experience and provide you with the best care possible.

During your exam, Dr. Longakit takes digital X-rays of your mouth to screen for any dental concerns that can’t be seen by the naked eye. She also uses special tools to remove plaque and bacteria and clean your teeth. 

If you’re ready to work with a dentist who genuinely cares about your overall health and well-being, call Dr. Longakit at Olive Tree Dental or schedule a visit online today.