Dental Hygiene

While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us. 

Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Tooth decay is the most common disease affecting every family. Most of the cavities occur on tooth surfaces where brushing cannot reach and small food particles get trapped after every meal or snack and result in plaque and cavity, affecting not only the teeth but the gums also. To prevent bad breadth and teeth lose due to decay or gum disease and to have an attractive smile, you need to visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups and teeth cleaning.

Health is wealth and to have good health you need good set of teeth, we strongly recommend visiting your dentist for a professional dental cleaning session every 3 to 6 months. If you have had porcelain veneers or crown and bridgework you also need to visit your dentist at least twice a year to extend its life .The combination of food and bacteria in your mouth can cause decay, gum disease and bad breath.

To maintain your smile beautiful and to prevent oral disease that can hurt your overall health. Follow a good daily oral hygiene routine. Which will ensure you have clean teeth and gums without any build up of plaque and tartar and make sure to visit your dentist .Your dentist can clean the hard to reach places and remove the plaque ,to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease and also catch any disease in the initial stage and treat them . 

Children need to brush and floss too, you should get time to guide you children and let them know about the importance of brushing and flossing. You should teach them, how to brush and floss at home. You should help your child in flossing teeths as children are not usually able to floss well by themselves until they are age 10 or 11. 
At start it might feel some discomfort to floss but don’t give up. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort will go away and it will become routine. There should be no pain while flossing, if there is any, talk to your dentist about it.

Here in Our Lodi CA dental office Dr Mary Ali, provide dental hygiene appointments to clean your teeth and gums thoroughly and to instruct and advise you about the day to day care of your teeth and gums. As prevention is better than cure and with regular teeth cleaning at home along with regular dental visits you can achieve a better dental health.

Dental hygiene service includes, Dental examination to check for any infection, inflammation, bleeding plaque or calculus buildup. Check x-ray to look for any abnormality in teeth ,to do teeth cleaning, scaling & polishing if needed to remove any plaque and calculus ,using a variety of the latest equipment and techniques. Dr Ali will discuss with you options about the daily care of your teeth and give dental hygiene instruction to maintain good oral hygiene practices in between dentist appointments ,at home.

At home, you can practice good oral hygiene:

  • Brush twice a day for two to three minutes.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can't reach. 
  • Eat a healthy diet to provide the nutrients necessary to prevent teeth/gum disease and limit between-meal snacks
  • Avoid sweet beverages, cigarettes and tobacco, which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups 

You should follow a simple routine for a perfect daily dental hygiene routine and prioritize brushing your teeth at least twice a day, using manual or electric tooth brush, and flossing once a day .Also brush or scrap your tongue to remove germs. You can use mouth wash after brushing to kill germs. And of course schedule regular dental appointments with Mary Ali D.D.S,your Lodi ca dentist ,to ensure good oral health and a beautiful smile.

Brushing for 2 min 2 times a day.Prevention is better than cure and to prevent oral diseases and maintain a healthy beautiful smile you have to follow a proven method ,that is brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day .It’s the single most important method for reducing plaque, preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases ,which is the major cause of tooth loss and is crucial to maintaining healthy smiles. Use a nylon soft-bristle brush, with round ended bristles so it will not scratch or irritate your gums and teeth. And remember to replace your brush every two to three months.


To clean your teeth ,gums and tongue effectively, you have to follow proper brushing technique :

  1. Start by brushing at about 45-degree angle in short sweeping motion ,away from the gum line.
  2. On chewing surfaces of teeth both outside and inside , hold the brush flat and use gentle back, and forth, scrubbing or rolling motion along all of the outer and inner tooth surfaces.
  3. On inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes with the brush.
  4. Brush your tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and order producing bacteria.

Brushing alone is not enough to remove plaque and food particles under the gum line and between t eeth. Plaque that builds up in these areas can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. You need daily flosing to reach between the teeth and clean those plaques in order to prevent cavities and gum diseases.The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day.


  1. Get a piece floss about 18 inches enough to wind around your middle fingers of opposite hands to keep it taut, leaving about an inch of floss between fingers.
  2. Slip the floss between your teeth by placing it over the tip of fore finger and thumb .
  3. In between the teeth ,place the floss slightly below the gum line then Curve the floss toward each side of your mouth and with a gentle up and down motion clean the teeth.
  4. Repeat the procedure for each tooth and for the back teeth , places the floss over the tips of your first fingers to reach your back teeth.
  5. Ease the floss between your teeth with a gentle sawing action and then clean with an up and down movement, ensuring you curve the floss round each side of each tooth and place the floss slightly below the gum line.


Oral health is essential to general health.

Prevension is better than cure. You can prevent diseases just by taking good care of your teeth at home and visit your dentist regularly. Your regular dentist visits can not only keep your smile beautiful and attractive but it can catch disease and conditions that can do permanent damage to your teeth and hurt your overall health and life style. Each person is unique with their own unique dental requirements, a personalized consultation with Dr. Ali is the ideal way to know what dental treatment options will work best for you. She can discuss and explain with you each option and recommend a treatment plan for you, and then you can decide which option to select according to your personnel choice.

Here in our Lodi dental facility with the help of our trained Doctor and staff, we make every effort to give you that beautiful smile and to help you maintain healthy teeth. When your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, as research shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring. If you maintain regular dental check-ups, most dental problems will be prevented or cached early enough to treat, which will save you from a lot of pain and financial burden. During your visits Dr. Mary Ali will evaluate your gums, examine your mouth for any indications of oral disease and will discuss with you the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Systemic diseases like Diabetes, Leukemia, Oral cancerPancreatic cancerHeart disease, Kidney disease and HIV shows oral manifestation like swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems.

Plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. Saliva plays important role in washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease. Certain medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics can reduce saliva flow. During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your dentist will examine your gums, mouth, and tongue and will remove the tartar and plaque to prevent diseases.

Your oral health might affect, be affected by various diseases and conditions, including: 

  • Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
  • Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause. 
  • Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body's resistance to infection, putting your gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. 
  • HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS. 
  • Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle, might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. 
  • Alzheimer's disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

If you have a toothache, see a dentist right away, even if pain will go away after a while, but the tooth decay will keep growing and you might end up losing your tooth.

To reduce the rates of dental caries, the U.S. Public Health Service began adding fluoride to drinking water in the 1950s, with widespread adaptation by 1960s. Fluoride interferes with the demineralization of enamel, the tooth’s natural defense against cavities. The CDC considered fluoridation of water to be one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century with studies showing an 18-40 percent reduction in childhood cavities. This reduction was even seen in children who had access to regular dental care and fluorinated toothpaste.

Today, we are seeing a resurgence of cavities in children. One proposed mechanism relates to the increased popularity of bottled water, which does not regularly contain fluoride. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that up to 24 percent of children are exclusively drinking bottle water. This study did not take into account the many more who consume filtered water as many home filtration systems remove all or some fluoride.

Dental health should begin in childhood as even babies are susceptible to cavities. Most children get their first tooth around 6 or 7 months of age.Dental care should begin with a visit to the dentist, as well as, regular tooth brushing. One major risk for early childhood cavities is prolong consumption of sugary liquids, particularly allowing your child to fall asleep with a bottle of juice or milk. The extended contact with sugar increases the chances of tooth decay. It is important to have your children drink water. Helping children avoiding sticky foods and frequent sugary snacks can ward off cavities. Promoting healthy practices early in childhood makes it easy to practice good oral hygiene throughout adult life.

Regular dentist visits and following instructions of your dentist about good oral hygiene reduces the growth of inflammation-causing bacteria. Bacteria like Porphyromonas ginigivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum proliferate on unclean teeth causing periodontal disease.

Certain things might expose you to tooth decay.

  1. Not seeing a dentist for checkups and cleanings
  2. Not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and not seeing a dentist for checkups and cleanings.
  3. Eating foods and drinks that is high in sugar and other carbohydrates, which feed the bacteria in your mouth. 
  4. Not getting enough fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acids produced by plaque. Fluoride is added to most public water supplies.
  5. Dry mouth, not having enough saliva. Saliva washes away food and harmful sugars, so it helps protect your teeth from decay. A dry mouth may be caused by a condition such as xerostomia or Sjögren's syndrome, by taking certain medicines, or by breathing through your mouth. Older adults are more likely to have a dry mouth.
  6. Having diabetes.
  7. Smoking, using tobacco products.

Dental Exam

At your first visit Dr. Ali will perform a comprehensive dental exam .During regular check-ups DR. Ali check do oral evaluation to check for any abnormalities ,disease, oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation, tooth decay and condition of existing filling or crowns etc. X-rays are used to detect teeth position and any abnormalities, tooth decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. Lodi dentist Dr. Mary Ali Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. Dr. Mary Ali Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. Your regular exam cleaning and x-rays will take about 45 minutes. Teeth cleaning are a regular cleaning of all teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface. Dr. will do deep cleaning or scaling and root planning if needed. Visiting our office every six months help you maintain your oral health and is very important for your overall health. You'll feel good and confident and look good, avoid unnecessary bills, and experience an improvement in many of your day-to-day social interactions. Dr Ali will give you hygiene instructions and answer any questions you may have about your oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning .You can e-mail us or call our office located on Fairmont ave, Lodi ca.

It’s a very good habit to brush your teeth every time you eat sugary and starchy foods .Bacteria use the sugar and starch to make plaque on your teeth. To protect your teeth avoid soda and minimize your sugary snacks and of course brushing and flossing.

Professional Dental Cleaning

In Lodi California, Dr, Mary offers professional Dental cleanings or dental prophylaxis along with dental x-exam. Teeth cleaning consist of removal of:

Plaque: Plaque is the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. It consists of bacteria food debris and saliva. Bacteria live and grow in the plaque and secrete acids that cause tooth decay and irritate gum tissue. This irritation causes an inflammatory reaction and that starts gingivitis and periodontal disease. If plaque is not removed regularly it hardens and creates calculus. Brushing and flossing can remove plaque but not calculus.

Calculus (tartar): Continuous accumulation of plaque gets hard after awhile and become calculus or tartar .Calculus can accumulate minerals from saliva on plaque on the teeth above and below the gum line and it gets firmly attached to the teeth surface and can only be removed by your dentist with special ultrasonic scaler and other dental instruments.

Teeth polishing: To remove any stains not removed during plaque and tartar removal.


The frequency of getting X-rays of your teeth often depends on your medical and dental history and current condition. Some people may need X-rays as often as every six months; others with no recent dental or gum disease and who visit their dentist regularly may get X-rays only every year or a couple of years. If you are a new patient, your dentist may take full mouth X-rays as part of the initial exam and to establish a baseline record from which to compare changes that may occur over time.

During your routine dental exam, bitewings and periapical x-rays are taken. Bitewings help in detecting cavities between teeth that you might not see and periapical x-rays shows the entire tooth along with root and surrounding bones, which helps in detecting abscess, bone loss or impacted tooth,

X-ray are taken when they are appropriate according to American Dental Association standards of care in # and frequency with which x-rays are taken and ALARP principle "As low as reasonably practicable”. we use State-of-the-art dental technology and latest materials and tools.Staying abreast of the latest diagnostic advances allow us to know which procedures and x-ray films can minimize exposure to radiation. We take all of the necessary precautions to minimize exposure to X-rays during a typical dental diagnostic procedure. Patients always wear a lead apron and thyroid collar to avoid unnecessary radiation to other parts of the body. Not everyone needs X-rays taken on a regular basis. However, some patients may need to have X-rays taken in order to address suspected problems in their teeth or tooth structures, gums, or jaw bones. 

Remember not to confuse medical x-rays and dental x-rays. Medical x-rays use significant amounts of radiation while dental x-rays are extremely low radiation exposure. The ionizing radiation that you receive from one dental X-ray is substantially less that the radiation you receive every day in the sun. Advances in technology, such as higher-speed X-ray film and measurement devices, have made dental X-rays even safer today. This is not to say that any unnecessary radiation, even a small amount, can harm the tissues in your body. Because dental x-rays give your dentist a view of many oral issues that are not visible to the naked eye, allowing dentist to make a better diagnosis, find potentially dangerous issues .Without routine dental x-rays small issues can develop into much bigger ones; the benefit outweighs the risk. If you are seeing a new dentist for the first time, request copies of your old x-rays from your previous dentist. This may help limit new x-rays being taken but also give your new dentist a history of progression of any issues you might have been developing.

Dental x-rays are important as it give a closer look at tooth, bones and jaw. It can detect cavities before a naked eye can see it and show infection, and other disease of your oral cavity. Some of its benefits are:

  1. X-rays can detect Tooth decay or damage to existing crown or filling. While a dentist can see some tooth decayduring your visual and manual examination, they are unable to see decay or damage between the teeth, under fillings, and below the gum line. A dental x-ray is the technology that allow dentist to see abetter view of any cracks or damage to the tooth ,filling or a crown.
  2. X-rays can help detect Tumors in the Bone. A tumor can develop undetected inside the bone. If dental x-rays are taken routinely, it often gives the dentist the ability to detect developing tumors at an early stage. Some tumors are harmless, while others are harmful, leading to loss of jaw bone and teeth. The best prognosis for treatment of tumors depends upon early diagnosis.
  3. X-rays can detect bone loss and help in diagnosis of Periodontal Disease. Once periodontal disease develops past its earliest stages there will be loss of supporting bone. Early detection of periodontal bone loss will help in proper treatment planning. Using dental x-rays your dentist can see the progression and even the improvement once treatment begins.
  4. X-rays can detect Infections .An infection in the bone if untreated can lead to facial swellings, lost teeth, lost bone, pain, and may be potentially life threatening.
  5. X-rays can detect and locate Teeth. That is not improperly developed or positioned, impacted tooth, having extra teeth, or tooth fragments. Your dentist will decide which tooth to treat or extract.
  6. X-rays give your dentist the ability to check your child’s development and ensure all the teeth are developing properly both baby teeth and permanent ones. X-rays can help detect overcrowded teeth, misaligned teeth or jaw growth and any extra teeth or impacted tooth, so treatment can be initiated in the early stages.
  7. X-rays help in proper treatment planning and preparation for implants, bracesdentures or other dental work.

In lodi we are providing dentistry for patients who value quality dental care.

Lodi Dentist providing the professional services .Dr. Mary ali is a well-trained Lodi Dentist providing the complete dental services to Lodi Ca community include Teeth cleaning | teeth whitening |children Dentistry| cosmetic dentistry | Oral Hygiene instructions | Complete Dental Exam | Digital X-Rays | Fluoride Treatment |Sealants | Amalgam fillings | Composite white Fillings | dental Crowns | Fixed Dental Bridges | Veneers | Periodontal Disease | Dental Implants | Restorations | Dentures complete and Partial | Root Canal Therapy | night guards | Extractions | denture repairs | Periodontal Treatment, Porcelain Crowns and much more.

Contact Us

Send Us An Email Today! We'll Provide You With That Winning Smile!

Our Location

525 South Fairmont Avenue, Suite H, Lodi, CA 95240

Hours Of Operation

We look forward to hearing from you.




8:00 AM-5:00 pm


8:00 AM-5:00 pm


8:00 AM-5:00 pm


8:00 AM-5:00 pm