Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
Prophylaxis is a dental cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums of individuals with no history of periodontal disease or periodontal treatment in order to maintain healthy gum tissue and teeth. This is the right procedure to PREVENT periodontal disease and halt the progression of gingivitis into the bone.
We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually at your family dentist’s office, but this periodic procedure can also be alternated with a periodontist if the patient is under monitoring for conditions such as gum recession.
The benefits include:
- Plaque removal: Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria, and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile: Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath: Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.