Come visit my hygienist at least twice a year! Truly, regular checkups partnered with good daily hygiene will help prevent tooth problems that may land you in _my _chair. You need to brush at least twice a day and floss everyday, preferably before bed to make sure your teeth are as clean as can be during the night. Cutting back on sugar really helps, too. Sugar promotes tooth decay. Also, at your hygiene appointment, we can often find small problems before they become big ones. Small problems usually don’t hurt, but big ones are likely to be very painful.