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Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry

Cosmetic, Family, and General Dentistry & Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists located in Green Hills, Nashville, TN

Routine dental cleanings are one of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy smile. Nathan Murrell, DMD, and his dental team at Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry provide excellent and comfortable cleanings for the entire family in Nashville, Tennessee. Call Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry or book your visit online today.

Cleaning Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is the routine and professional maintenance of your smile. The process is quick and painless and allows the team at Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry the opportunity to make sure that your smile is healthy. 

Dental cleanings are typically accompanied by a routine dental exam, during which your dentist checks your mouth for any signs of oral complications.

Do I need a cleaning if I regularly brush and floss?

Even if you’re an expert at brushing and flossing, you still need to come in for regular cleanings with the team. 

No matter how well you brush and floss, there are likely areas of your smile that aren’t getting the proper cleaning. Having a professional do detailed work ensures that your smile is staying as healthy as possible.

Besides making sure that your smile is free of plaque and tartar, a routine cleaning also gives your dentist the opportunity to examine your mouth for any signs of developing issues. 

When you have regular and frequent dental exams, oral health concerns (like tooth decay or gum disease) don’t get an opportunity to advance, which typically means that your dentist can treat them with more conservative and less invasive methods.

What does a dental cleaning involve?

When you get a cleaning, your dentist or hygienist begins by scraping off all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth with a special tool called a scaler.

Once your teeth are cleaned, your provider uses a high-powered toothbrush and a gritty toothpaste to professionally polish your smile, then finish the cleaning with a professional flossing.

Depending on the condition of your teeth, your dentist might also recommend a fluoride rinse at the end of your cleaning, which helps to protect your smile against cavities. 

After your cleaning, your dentist performs an oral exam. Your smile is inspected for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other potential complications. Your dentist might also order digital X-rays to get a deeper look at your mouth. 

How frequently do I need a cleaning?

Most people need a cleaning once every six months, but some patients might need them more frequently. If you have gum disease or are particularly prone to cavities, your dentist might suggest coming in more often. 

Schedule your cleaning with Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry by phone or online, and start building a healthier smile today.