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Dental Hygiene

Bay Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

If you want a healthy and attractive smile, you need to practice good dental hygiene, which means more than just being diligent about brushing and flossing at home. The dental professionals at Bay Dental Group provide professional cleanings and checkups for their patients in San Jose, California. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

How do I practice good dental hygiene at home?

Good at-home care is the cornerstone of maintaining a healthy and attractive smile. Without proper dental hygiene, the plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth can damage your enamel and gums, leading to a variety of dental problems. 

In order to maintain good care of your teeth at home, you should:

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Brush with gentle, circular motions
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste

Following these steps will go a long way towards keeping your teeth and mouth healthy, but you also need to maintain regular cleanings and checkups with the team at Bay Dental Group.

What are dental cleanings and checkups?

Dental cleanings and checkups are routine visits to monitor and maintain your oral health. During your dental cleaning and checkup, the team at Bay Dental Group performs a visual inspection of your smile to look for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. They might also use X-rays or CT scans to get a more in-depth look at your mouth. 

After your checkup, your dentist or dental hygienist uses a special tool called a periodontal scaler to scrape off all of the plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. Then, they use a high-powered electric toothbrush and a gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth. Finally, the team conducts a professional flossing and sometimes administers a fluoride rinse to help protect your teeth from future cavities.

Why do I need dental cleanings and checkups?

No matter how well you brush and floss at home, you still might develop buildup on your teeth that can only be removed with a professional cleaning. A dental cleaning offers you a healthier smile than you’d be able to achieve on your own.

It’s also important to maintain regular checkups with your dentist in order to monitor for any dental conditions and treat them at the earliest stages. Some conditions, like gum disease in particular, can develop silently, meaning that you might not know that you have it until the condition has progressed to its more advanced stages. Having a professional routinely check in on your smile ensures that it stays healthy.

Keep up with your dental hygiene by scheduling a visit with Bay Dental Group. You can book your appointment by calling the office or booking online.