Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is preventive care to thoroughly clean the teeth of a person with healthy gums.  Prophylaxis is a key part of  preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease.  When periodontal disease is present specialized gum therapy is recommended, instead of prophylaxis, to manage the disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.  The benefits include:

  • Plaque removal. Calculus (also referred to as tartar) 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 office can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis is performed by our team of meticulous hygienists.  Regularly scheduled prophylaxis appointments will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.  We will always give you our recommendation for what interval would be best for you.