Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a excellent cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Prophylaxis is recommended twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be performed every 3-4 months on periodontitis sufferers. Though gum disease cannot be completely reversed, prophylaxis is one of the tools the dentist can use to effectively halt its destructive progress.

Some of the benefits of prophylaxis are:

  • Tartar removal  – Tartar (calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. It can even be impossible to remove debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets using the best brushing and flossing homecare techniques.
  • Aesthetics  – Prophylaxis can rid the teeth of unsightly stains and return the smile to its former glory.
  • Fresher breath  – Periodontal disease is often signified by persistent bad breath (halitosis), which is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line, possible gangrene stemming from gum infection,and periodontal problems. Removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria noticeably improves breath and alleviates irritation.
  • Identification of health issues – Since prophylaxis involves a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity, the dentist can screen for oral cancer, evaluate the risk of periodontitis and often spot signs of medical problems like diabetes and kidney problems.
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