What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

Smiling,Brunette,Woman,Patient,Examined,By,Dentist,In,Blue,GlovesRoutine dental cleaning is a vital part of maintaining your oral health and your physical health in general. Cleaning teeth of plaque and tartar has benefits that range from a brighter smile to a lower risk of heart disease. What goes into the process of getting your teeth clean? Your dental cleaning typically involves the steps below.


The first step involves removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. Usually, this is done with hand tools known as scalers.


In between cleanings, a biofilm can accumulate on your teeth and provide a place for the buildup of plaque and tartar. Polishing smooths this out and leaves a clean surface. A soft rubber cup filled with a specialized paste is used to polish your teeth gently without any damage to the enamel.


X-rays of your teeth show areas of decay that may not be visible during an oral exam. This is especially important for spotting issues between your teeth or underneath an existing filling.

X-rays can also reveal larger potential issues like bone loss associated with gum disease or changes in your bones caused by infection.

A number of views are taken to get a fuller picture of the health of your mouth. Modern technology means your dentist can see the results of your X-rays right away. Depending on your general oral health, most people have X-rays anywhere from every six months to every 36 months.

Preventative Care

Everybody’s oral health needs are different, so what you are offered at this stage will depend on your specific situation.

Some people get deep fluoride treatments to enhance the strength of their teeth. Some people have deep grooves that put them at higher risk for cavities. If this is true for you, your dentist may recommend dental sealants to protect your teeth against harboring bacteria.

How Long Does a Cleaning Take?

A dental cleaning usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes. Deep treatments may take longer. This step is a big part of keeping your teeth clean and healthy and setting you up for good oral health for life.

Schedule Your Cleaning With Us

Dr. Tammy Kussman and our team are here to make your smile sparkle. Regular cleanings are a chance to connect with your dentist, address any concerns, and take preventative measures to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Please call us at 615-346-3007 or send us a message to arrange your next visit. We look forward to seeing you!

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01. Get to know Dr. Kussman & the team.

02. We will perform various tests for your oral health.

03. We will create a dental plan based on your individual needs.

"I can't express how much I LOVE Dr. Kussman and her team. I have had MAJOR dental work done all of my life and they make me feel relaxed and calm, despite all of my anxieties."

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