Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for preventing the development of or stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
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. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
We generally recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventive measure. Patients with a susceptibility to periodontal disease more frequent prophylaxis visits may be of value in controlling that problem. A complete periodontal examination will be conducted at each prophylaxis office visit, to monitor your periodontal health.