Cleanings & Prevention

Thorough Dental Cleaning

We Take Your Oral Health Seriously

At Ascent Dental, we strive to provide you with personalized dental care. We do this through information and education about procedures and choices to suit your specific dental needs.
  • Murfreesboro dental exams and cleanings
  • Dental X-rays
  • Home care
  • How to brush and floss

Our Dental Exams and Cleaning Services

A complete dental examination will be done on your first visit to Ascent Dental. Thereafter, you need to come for regular check-up exams which include: 
  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiography): This is needed for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. Diagnostic X-rays also help confirm tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: This procedure helps check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: We can check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease by using this procedure.
  • Examination of tooth decay: Your brush and floss-tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Our dentist will check the status of your fillings, crowns, and more.
Your dental cleaning is performed by our registered dental hygienists and includes:
  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is the hardened plaque that forms above and below your gum line.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame your gums. 
  • Teeth polishing: We remove stain and plaque that's left after tooth brushing and scaling.

Dental X-Rays

Dental problem areas may go undetected without x-rays. It's essential to provide valuable information that is not visible during a regular dental exam. We use the information from 
X-rays to detect hidden dental abnormalities and decide upon an accurate treatment plan. 
You'll avoid discomfort, save money, and your teeth! 

Turn to us to detect and treat dental problems at an early stage. 
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
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Safety and Frequency of Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount of exposure you get in a single day from natural sources.

We take all precautions to reduce your exposure to radiation when taking dental X-rays. These include using lead apron shields to protect your body. We use modern techniques that cut down the exposure time of each X-ray.

The need for dental X-rays depends on your dental health needs. We'll recommend X-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age, and risk of a dental disease.

At Ascent Dental, we recommend a full-mouth series of dental X-rays if you're a new patient. This procedure is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing X-rays (top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at check-up visits. You need to do this once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Dental Care at Home 

Proper brushing and flossing can enhance the health of your mouth, make your smile sparkle and prevent serious diseases. Learn why proper brushing and flossing are essential:

Prevention of tooth decay: Tooth decay occurs when acids found in your plaque erode the natural enamel found on the teeth. This can be prevented by using proper home hygiene methods.
 
Prevention of periodontal disease: Periodontal disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque, and can lead to serious health problems in other parts of the body. An excellent way to stave off periodontal problems is to use a toothbrush to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surface and interdental areas of your tooth.
 
Prevention of halitosis: Bad breath is usually caused by old food particles on or between your teeth. You can remove these food particles with regular brushing and flossing.

Prevention of staining: You teeth can be stained caused by a wide variety of factors such as smoking, coffee, and tea. If you regularly remove the staining agents from your teeth using brushing and flossing techniques, you can prevent the stains from becoming permanent.
Your personal dental care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks, and using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria.

Tooth brushing: You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day (once in the morning and once in the night). Use an ADA-approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
  • Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion. Use small circular motions to gently brush the gumline and teeth
  • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  • Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth
  • Brush every surface of every tooth, cheek-side, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces
  • Place special emphasis on the surfaces of the back teeth
  • Use back and forth strokes to brush the chewing surfaces
  • Brush the tongue to remove fungi, food, and debris
  • Electric toothbrushes are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently 
  • Don't scrub or apply too much pressure as this can damage your gums and tooth enamel
Flossing: Daily flossing helps clean the space between the teeth and under the gumline. It disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
  • Take 12-16 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers
  • Leaving about 2 inches of floss between the hands
  • Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss
  • Insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline
  • Gently move the floss up and down to clean the side of each tooth
  • Do not pop the floss in and out between the teeth as this will inflame and cut the gums
  • Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing: Use dental rinsing aids as recommended by your dentist at Ascent Dental for good dental home care. Rinse your mouth with water after brushing and also after meals if you are unable to brush. Consult your doctor if you're using an over-the-counter product for rinsing. 
Visit us at 1160 NW Broad St. Murfreesboro, TN
Ascent Dental has been serving the community since June 2012. You can get in touch with us at 615-904-7477.
"This is a small privately owned business which I really like. Dr. Patel not only knows his trade but had me laughing most of the time. He's not only a great dentist but has a good sense of humor. His assistant was professional and courteous and the facility was well maintained. I'll be returning in the future."

- John Mead
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