Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is a part of a periodontal maintenance treatment, and alone, is appropriate for people who do not have gum disease.
The benefits include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup 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 aesthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) may be indicative of periodontal disease. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Prophylaxis can be performed at our office, or by your general dentist. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually for healthy patients, but should be completed every 2- 3 months for periodontitis sufferers.