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 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 ups.
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 otherwise unsightly stains.
Fresher Breath – Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our office can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but could be recommended every three to four months for those with periodontal problems. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Cabrera can use to effectively halt its progress.