Prevention is better than cure
Brushing and flossing or using ‘interdental brushes’ is a great way to keep your teeth in shape. Cleaning in between the teeth picks up around 40% of a tooth surface area that is commonly missed (which is where most cavities start).
Use a fluoride toothpaste. Spit, don’t rinse out after brushing as this washes the helpful fluoride away.
Let the hygienist guide you. They will show you specific techniques for specific areas of your mouth. They can measure gum disease progression or improvement.
Maintaining your teeth is a bit like looking after a garden. It requires regular maintenance to prevent overgrowth of weeds. If the mouth is neglected, cavities and gum disease can develop. These are both preventable.