Manatee Dental At College Plaza
3633 Cortez Road W, Suite A1, Bradenton, FL 34210

Are You Treating Your Teeth the Right Way?

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Most people brush and floss, but the tools they choose and techniques they use may not be as good as they need to be. See how your dental care habits stack up and whether you need to brush up on care.

Basic Brushing Tips: Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of good dental care. Yet not everyone brushes the right way and they end up with dental problems. To help you brush better, the best dentist experts at the American Dental Association recommend these tried-and-true tips:

  • Brush twice daily: Take enough time to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.
  • Gently brush: Use gentle back-and-forth brushing motions. Be sure to brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of teeth, as well as your tongue.
  • Use the right toothbrush: Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush. You may want to use an electric toothbrush, which can remove more plaque than traditional brushes.
  • Rinse your toothbrush: Always thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after brushing and store it in an upright position to dry. So it won’t breed bacteria, avoid covering the brush or keeping it in a closed container.
  • Replace a worn toothbrush: Replace your toothbrush or electric brush head every three or four months. Get a new brush sooner if it becomes worn or you’ve been sick.

Proper Flossing Technique: While brushing is essential to good dental care, it can’t reach the food particles trapped between your teeth. If those particles aren’t removed, they can cause decay, gum disease, and other dental care problems. Daily flossing allows you to remove those hidden particles and prevent the problems they cause. But using the right technique is important, so follow these flossing guidelines from the best dentist experts:

  • Floss at least once a day. If it’s difficult for you to handle floss, use an interdental cleaner to get between teeth.
  • Tear off 18 inches of floss and use a fresh section for each tooth.
  • Gently guide the floss between your teeth using a rubbing motion and curve the floss against the tooth as you reach the gumline.
  • Slowly slide the floss in an up-and-down motion against every tooth to ensure complete cleaning and coverage.

Diagnosing Dental Problems: In addition to practicing good at-home dental care, you need to schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups with the best dentist for your needs. Only a professional can provide advanced cleanings, as well as detect and treat dental problems. It’s important to find an affordable dentist and tell them if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Loose teeth.
  • A shift in alignment between top and bottom teeth.
  • Bleeding, swollen, red, or tender gums.
  • Gums that are pulling away from teeth.
  • Sudden onset of sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures.
  • Ongoing bad taste in your mouth.
  • Constant bad breath.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Bradenton, call Manatee Dental At College Plaza today at (941) 584-4356 or make an appointment.

Manatee Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Bradenton. With 2 affiliated practices in the Bradenton area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Manatee Dental At College Plaza, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Manatee Dental At College Plaza.

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Patient Reviews
I was treated nicely and the dentist explained what he was going to do and showed me the X-ray as part of his explanation.
Ann M.
Very professional. Exceptionally accommodating for my needs.The receptionist deserves a 6 star rating, very helpful. I would highly recommend this business.
John S.
Not only has the staff been incredibly helpful, but Dr. Boss clearly loves what he does and cares deeply about the dental health of his patients. His skills are excellent, his bedside manner […]
Mary G.
Dr Garcia was great. He treated me like a person and helped me with my dental pain. The dental assistants were also very nice.
Chase M.
The whole experience was excellent. 10 plus rating.
John S.
Absolutely thrilled with the quality and care. Just a bit of a wait due to backup.
Kathryn F.
The office staff is super nice and friendly! The doctor is very capable, and puts you at ease.
Susan R.
Great service. Caring people. Very thorough
Lesley S.
Doctor & technician were great, price is very good.
Michelle P.
Excellent service and thorough care. Dr. Garcia and his staff are customer oriented and make every effort to insure the comfort of their patients. I am glad I can rely upon them for my dental needs.
David C.
Quality care. Professional people. Honest and no scolding! They made decision making as easy as possible.
Deborah V.
I was having a problem with swollen glands and thought it could be related to my teeth. This is not my normal dentist and or office, I was welcomed and the Dentist went above and beyond to figure out […]
Linda S.
The entire staff was very supportive and everyone worked as a team.
Michele W.
My son came in for a emergency and they were awesome
Reed S.
Friendly pleasant service, helped to put me at ease.
Roger W.
Good fast service, and painless.
Kyla M.
Dr. Garcia & Vanessa made it as good as going to the dentist could be, very professional & pain free!
Deborah H.
Dentist take the time to explain how your teeth are, what you need to do to have better teeth, and the process you need to go to, to accomplish that.
Cristal M.
Competent professional staff.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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