Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly cleanse 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 healthy and in halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:
- Plaque and tartar (calculus) removal. Plaque and tartar 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 a registered dental 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 is generally an indication of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line), and possible tissue necrosis stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our centre can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your general dentist. It may be beneficial to have your regular cleanings done by Dr. Gainey, who is more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Gainey can use to effectively halt its progression.