Prophylaxis is simply a fancy word for teeth cleaning. It’s an effective procedure for keeping your teeth and gums healthy while preventing oral problems.
Dentists use prophylaxis to thoroughly clean the inside of your mouth, including your teeth and gums. It’s also the key to stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease before it starts.
If you’ve noticed a buildup of white, sticky film on your teeth, this is plaque. When it isn’t removed and hardens over time, it creates tartar (or calculus) above and below the gumline. This is how gum disease begins.
Unfortunately, even brushing and flossing at home can’t remove all the debris and bacteria forming in your gum pockets at this stage. A professional dentist has the training and specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
Your teeth will stain over time, dulling your smile. A cleaning can be exactly what you need to remove stains from your teeth.
Constant bad breath (or halitosis) is a sign of progressing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles and the adverse effects of a potential gum infection result in bad breath. We can routinely remove plaque, calculus, and other bacteria to clear up bad breath and reduce your chances of infection.
We recommend coming in for a visit at least twice a year. However, if you suffer from gum disease, we may suggest seeing us every three to four months. This allows us to keep track and be proactive in your oral healthcare.
While gum disease can’t always be completely cured, prophylaxis is a great way to stop its progression.
Prophylaxis can keep your teeth bright and healthy! If you’re ready to have your teeth cleaned by a professional who can help you maintain your oral health, contact us today to make an appointment with our office.