Dental Cleaning

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Abilene, TX

Dental Cleaning
About Dental Cleaning

Despite good oral hygiene habits at home, plaque and tartar can still build up over time. At Morris Dental Associates in Abilene, Texas, family and cosmetic dentist Amy Morris, DDS, and her skilled team provide comprehensive professional dental cleanings for children, teenagers, and adults. Call the office or schedule your next six-month teeth cleaning at Morris Dental Associates today.

Dental Cleaning Q&A

What are dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings at Morris Dental Associates use cutting-edge technologies and treatments to remove decay, plaque, and tartar, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health complications. The hygienists at Morris Dental Associates stay current with their advanced training. 

The practice provides traditional dental cleanings, gingival scaling, debridement, and scaling and root planing (deep dental cleaning) for patients with more severe buildup or gum disease. 

How often do I need dental cleanings?

The Morris Dental Associates team recommends dental cleanings at least every six months, though some patients need more frequent cleanings based on their dental health. Contact the office anytime you experience signs of tooth decay, gum disease, tooth damage, or dental pain. 

Dr. Morris sees patients as young as six months old to get them accustomed to being around the dental team and to detect potential problems early. 

What happens during dental cleanings?

Morris Dental Associates offers the following dental cleaning services:


Scraping is a dental technique in which Dr. Morris and her team complete in-depth cleaning of the gums and teeth. You might hear scraping sounds from the dental tools used as your hygienist removes tartar and plaque. However, this treatment isn’t painful.  


The Morris Dental Associates team brushes your teeth using professional-strength toothpaste, removing any excess plaque to ensure debris-free teeth. 


Flossing your teeth eliminates food particles or plaque between the teeth, removing any leftover debris. The Morris Dental Associates team also rinses your mouth during and after teeth cleanings.

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a type of deep dental cleaning used to treat gum disease. It removes harmful tartar and bacteria from the surface of your teeth and under your gums.


Flouride treatments are optional. They consist of fluoride solutions applied to the outer surface of your teeth to strengthen and protect treated teeth from decay and damage. 

What should I expect after dental cleanings?

You may need dental X-rays before routine cleanings to detect or rule out dental problems underneath your gums, including the roots of your teeth and jawbone. 

If Dr. Morris detects tooth decay or damage, she personalizes a dental treatment plan to restore the damage, protect your teeth, and optimize their appearance. 

Morris Dental Associates also provides teeth whitening, orthodontics treatment, and numerous other cosmetic dentistry services.

Schedule your next dental cleaning at Morris Dental Associates by phone or request one online today.