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2318 Pass Rd #9
Biloxi, MS 39531
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Amanda McMurphy, DDS Family Dentistry

2318 Pass Rd #9
Biloxi, MS 39531
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Office Hours

Monday–Thursday:
8:00AM–5:00PM

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(228) 207-1548

Adult and Child Cleanings

Probably the most common dental treatment is a basic exam and cleaning. We’ve all heard about this one. Regular dental cleanings for both adult and children are an important part of maintaining one’s dental health. Most dentists recommend a cleaning once every six months for adults and kids alike, more frequently if there are sensitive dental issues to contend with.

But what actually occurs in a cleaning, and why? And are all cleanings with all dentists the same? Not necessarily. Let’s take a closer look at the steps to a dental cleaning, why they are done, and some of the additional elements that some dentists might include in the cleaning process.

The Steps to a Dental Cleaning Process

The steps to a dental cleaning process are pretty straightforward for both children and adults. For adults, most of us know the drill, and the process tends to go pretty smoothly and rapidly. For kids, some extra time might be required to explain the procedure to them, but that is quite alright, and it is to their benefit anyway.

Upon first sitting in the dentist’s chair, whether a child or an adult, the first thing the dentist is likely to do is to greet the patient, and chat briefly about the patient’s dental hygiene, how much is being done on a regular basis, any issues the patient has been having with their teeth, mouth, and gums, etc.

In the next step, the dentist will examine the mouth, teeth, and gums. Dentists use funny little mirrors to do this so that they are able to see all the way back into the mouth. Their tools allow them to inspect the mouth, teeth, and gums from all angles. Not only is the dentist able to see the condition of the teeth and gums and know what is needed to perform the cleaning, but the dentist is also able to inspect for signs of cavities, gingivitis, receding gums, weak enamel, and other oral health issues.

Next up, the dentist will likely set to work with their “tooth scaler” which is the small, metallic tool they use to scrape plaque and tartar off of the teeth. This tool gets the lion’s share of the work done in cleaning the teeth. As a side note, many dentists now have in their employ a specialist called a, “Dental Hygienist.” A dental hygienist is someone who has all the technical skill and expertise required to clean up a patient’s mouth, teeth, and gums.

The next step in the cleaning process is to use a special, somewhat abrasive toothpaste gel on the end of an electric toothbrush to gently abrade away any remaining plaque or tartar. This step tends to go by fairly quickly and ends with teeth being thoroughly cleaned of all tartar and plaque.

For the last cleaning step, the dentist (or hygienist) will floss in between the teeth, ensuring to capture any last remaining bits of debris or tidbits that may have gotten lodged in between the teeth. Dentists will use floss on this last step even if their patients are regular flossers, as it’s a great way to catch anything the scaler or electric toothbrush couldn’t get. And for the kids, it’s a great way for the dentist to show the little ones how to floss properly.

Sometimes, dentists will recommend a fluoride treatment, which can help to create a protective shield on one’s teeth. This is particularly beneficial for patients with weak enamel. And sometimes dentists will take x-rays of their patients’ teeth as well, depending on how long it has been since x-rays were last taken and depending on the condition of the patient’s mouth, teeth, and gums.

Another common step is that at any point during the cleaning process, one’s dentist might pause the cleaning process and take a moment to explain something to their patient, to recommend a change or addition to their dental hygiene routine, etc. This will, of course, be based on what the dentist finds in each patient’s mouth, teeth, and gums.

Regular Dental Cleanings are Always Recommended

The key to experiencing quick and effortless dental cleanings for adults and children with the fewest complications possible is to schedule cleanings frequently. Remember that most dentists and their hygienist specialists recommend cleanings at least once every six months, but if a patient has a particular dental condition that requires more delicate or frequent care, cleanings may be required even more regularly than that.

At McMurphy Family Dentistry, we have the staff, quality of care, and facilities to make a dental experience pleasant, calm, comfortable, and brief. Our goal is to empower our patients through education of best dental practices. We use preventative measures to allow our patients to address dental concerns before they become dental problems. We proudly specialize in dental practices for both adults and children, and we’d be more than happy to service you and your family. Call today to schedule an appointment, (228) 207-1548.

Dr. McMurphy and her team welcome you for the best dental service in Biloxi!

Dr. Amanda McMurphy was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. She completed her education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she earned her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry and received the “Best of Prosthodontics” award. She is married to a local of Biloxi, MS, and they have two daughters, Sloan and Sawyer. In her free time, Dr.McMurphy enjoys sewing and embroidery projects for her girls.

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Amanda McMurphy, DDS Family Dentistry
2318 Pass Rd #9
Biloxi, MS 39531
[ Click For Directions ]
Office Hours
Monday–Thursday:
8:00AM–5:00PM

Call Now!

(228) 207-1548

Amanda McMurphy, DMD

Dr. Amanda McMurphy was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. She completed her education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she earned her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry and received the “Best of Prosthodontics” award. She is married to a local of Biloxi, MS, Austin McMurphy, he is a Pediatric Dentist at Pediatric Dental Specialists in Biloxi and Ocean Springs, and they have two daughters, Sloan and Sawyer. In her free time, Dr.McMurphy enjoys sewing and embroidery projects for her girls.

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Our Team

At McMurphy Family Dentistry, our mission is to provide top quality service and dental care to our community. We work together with our patients to improve and restore dental health. We emphasize empowering our dental patients through education so they can make knowledgeable decisions concerning their oral health. With equal effort, our team strives to create a calm atmosphere so that going to the dentist is a more pleasurable experience.

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What Our Patients Say

4.9
Based on 38 reviews
Destiny G.
Destiny G.
Sarah was great and Dr. Amanda is genuine! She was able to give me advice for my wisdom teeth when my previous dentist did not. Samantha also called... to see if I wanted to move my appointment a week closer due to a cancellation. All around, amazing team! 🙂read more
Branden M.
Branden M.
Very professional place of business. Always greeted at the front door as if family. I’ve been to a lot of dentistries on the coast and this one is... by far my favorite. Very friendly and professional establishment.read more
Cliff C.
Cliff C.
I’ve seen her work first hand. Dr. McMurphy is a great dentist who does great dentistry. Do not hesitate to call her office for your dental care... needs.read more
Teri T.
Teri T.
Great dental practice! Both Dr. McMurphy and Tina were great with my son. My son has issues with texture and hates the gritty polish, so Tina used a... different method which was great! No other hygienist has ever offered that option. I appreciate that they go above and beyond here!read more
Anthony Q.
Anthony Q.
Dr. McMurphy and Staff were extremely nice during my cleaning visit. I had one of the best experiences in years! They made sure I felt like family. I... would recommend her to anyone looking for a new dentist!read more
Angela Mancini C.
Angela Mancini C.
I went in for a cleaning and had excellent care from the hygienist! Dr McMurphy is very caring and answers all your concerns. Everyone there makes... you feel like a person not a number. I highly recommended this office!read more
Michelle M.
Michelle M.
Dr. McMurphy Family Dentistry practice and staff, are absolutely amazing y'all!! I feel so blessed to have happened upon this gorgeous bunch. Funny,... calming, talented, up to date on latest technology, smile transforming Angel's!
I highly recommend!!
Thank you. I lov​e you all!!😁🫶💜
Michelle Miller
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Anna Ruffin F.
Anna Ruffin F.
Dr McMurphy is so very gentle and sweet to her patients. I always feel so well cared for by her and her staff. She also gives a nice shot which is... saying a lot coming from a dentist wimp like me! ❤️❤️read more
John D.
John D.
I needed an extraction while visiting Biloxi and decided on Dr McMurphy. The problem was assessed quickly and the procedure was friendly and very... professional which put me at ease and soon I was on my way.read more
Kay L.
Kay L.
McMurhy Family Dentistry is a top notch professional service, very welcoming and friendly. Dr McMurhy is an awesome dentist, and all the ladies who... had been doing my dental cleanings and Xrays always did a great job. I highly recommend them and will be back in 6 months.read more
Bruce P.
Bruce P.
I have 60 years of dental history and have had some very good and some not so great dentists. Dr McMurphy is one of the best, if not THE best. I had... a very old crown replaced yesterday because decay had gotten under it. Dr McMurphy's chairside manner was superb, the procedure virtually painless, the temporary crown very satisfactory, and a followup call from her 24 hours later affirmed that she cares! And equally important, she took time to discuss in depth with me what I can do to reduce cavities in the future. I thought I already knew all the strategies, but she gave me some new ideas that make perfect sense. On top of everything else, she has the latest technology , she has a terrific staff, and the prices were very reasonable. My wife and I will be sticking with Dr McMurphy!read more
Roy T.
Roy T.
Visited McMurphy Family Dentist for the first time this week, I've never in my life felt more relaxed and comfortable while being at the dentist!... BEST DENTIST WITH THE BEST STAFF ON THE COAST HANDS DOWN!!!read more
Debbie W.
Debbie W.
Amanda is so compassionate and gentle. She helped this dental phobe get through my smile makeover without fear. I absolutely love my new smile and no... longer feel the need to hide my teeth. 😁 If you’re looking for a gentle dentist who isn’t short on patience, Amanda McMurphy is your girl. Thank you, Amanda for your patience and expertise. You are amazing!read more
Cindy D.
Cindy D.
I have had the very best experience with this dental team ! The atmosphere is so family oriented and very pleasant! I have had both cleanings and... repairs, both resulting in wonderful experiences! I highly recommend ❤️😊read more
Sharon Marie B.
Sharon Marie B.
I am so very grateful for this dental team. I have high anxiety, especially involving dental work. They recognized and addressed all of my concerns... and fears. Everyone in the office is extremely understanding and friendly. I actually look forward to my dental visits now. I trust the hygienists and Dr. McMurphy. She is an amazing and caring person. They certainly treat you like family.read more
Hope B.
Hope B.
Amazing dentist. I have had a ton of ortho and dental work done in my life and when I left Amanda’s office it was the first time I had not been in... pain just from a teeth cleaning! Great hygenist, great dentist and great all around staff!read more
Angela S.
Angela S.
Dr. Amanda McMurphy is caring and very professional. She makes sure that she addresses the issues with your dental problems and concerns. She’s very... courteous and informative when tending to your dental care and needs. The whole staff is very friendly, caring and kind. I just can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr. McMurphy’s Dental Office and the staff. Thank you Dr. McMurphy and staff for always being so friendly and professional with me and my family.

A. Sewell
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