Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a preventive 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 healthy and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits 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 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 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 bacteria stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria in our office can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis is performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventive measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontal patients. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Peterson can use to effectively halt its progression.