Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
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. Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.
The Benefits of A Professional Teeth Cleaning 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 build-up.
- 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 drainage stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria by our hygienists can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection. In addition, halitosis could also signal a developing medical problem. Make sure you tell your hygienist or Drs. Mogelof about any odor or unpleasant taste you have noticed so they may help diagnose the source.
Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for patients who have had or been diagnosed with periodontal disease. It should be noted that the effects of gum disease cannot always be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Drs. Mogelof and Pucci use to effectively slow its progression. In addition, increased hygiene visits per year allow us to monitor your gum issues and help you become more consistently effective in your daily home care.