A dental prophylaxis refers to a cleaning that is performed around the teeth and gums. This is extremely important and effective for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Why do I need a professional teeth cleaning?
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious gum problems. 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 due to long-standing bacterial. An immediate solution would be to remove the source of odor, which will ultimately reduce the progression of periodontal disease.
Professional dental cleaning 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 those with periodontitis. As a note, gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but returning for regular cleanings is one way Dr. Chen and Dr. Ahmed reduces the rate at which periodontitis occurs.