Dental Hygiene in Manteca CA
Dental hygiene is a multi-step process that requires care with Dr. Damle and our team at Aura Family Dentistry. Dental hygiene also requires home care as well as professional care. When you come in for a visit with us, we will explain the tools and each part of our procedure, so you feel comfortable about your visit. In addition, for patients who would like an extra relaxing experience, speak with Dr. Damle about sedation options, including nitrous oxide.
How Often Do I Need Cleanings?
Dr. Damle typically suggests you come in for a deep cleaning every two years and checkup and traditional cleaning once every six months, unless she specifies otherwise. A general cleaning allows Dr. Damle to remove plaque and keep your smile bright and healthy. A deep cleaning may involves techniques such as root planing and scaling to address risk factors for gum disease.
When you visit us for your appointment, we will examine your mouth thoroughly. Our team looks for cavities and signs of tooth decay. Dr. Damle also provides oral cancer screenings and visually examines your mouth during every visit. Coming in regularly allows us to monitor changes, so we can provide treatments that stop oral conditions before they blossom and lead to severe damage.
We will also clean your teeth with professional tools. Our team will gently remove plaque buildup from your teeth. You can remove some plaque with your home care, but only a dental cleaning can thoroughly clean your teeth of this bacteria-laden, sticky substance that leads to decay. Skipping cleanings greatly increases your likelihood of periodontal disease.
How Do I Practice Good Home Oral Hygiene?
Part of your visit will include time to speak with Dr. Damle and our team about good oral hygiene habits at home. Keep in mind that we are happy to answer every question – even the ones that seem too obvious to ask. Consider the following basics that contribute to optimal dental hygiene at home:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably after breakfast and lunch, with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Medium and hard bristles are too rough and may strip the enamel from your teeth.
- Throw out your toothbrush once every three months. A fresh tooth brush is essential for optimal cleaning power.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride.
- Gently floss your teeth at least once daily. Instead of moving the floss up and down, delicately wrap the floss in a C-shape around the side of each tooth to remove plaque from beneath your gumline and along the surface of your tooth.
- Search for oral care tools, such as brushes and toothpaste that are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) to ensure you are making a wise choice.
Can I Bring My Children In for Dental Care?
Yes. We offer pediatric dental care and are excited to meet every member of your family. We will introduce your little ones to good dental habits as soon as they turn one or receive their first tooth – whichever comes first. We also offer sealants and mouth guards to help protect your child’s developing teeth and gums.
Schedule an Appointment!
At Aura Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive dental services alongside compassionate care. Whether you need general care, restorative services, or cosmetic improvements, we look forward to assisting you in reaching your smile goals. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Damle. Call or email our office located in Manteca, California. We are accepting new patients of all ages, including children, and proudly serve members of Manteca and surrounding communities.
Summary: Speak with us at Aura Family Dentistry for an explanation on how to best care for your teeth professionally as well as at home, to avoid tooth decay, and maintain a beautiful smile.