Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A prophylaxis is a thorough teeth cleaning treatment performed by our dental hygienist.   It is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Gingivitis and peridontal disease are typically characterized by inflammed gums (red, tender, bleeding gums).

Prophylaxis is an important part of 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. Using specialized dental instruments the hygienist will be able to remove potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment for removing most of these external stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of food particles (possibly below the gum line) and toxins from disease causing bacteria, results in bad breath. The routine prophylaxis can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

We recommend that prophylaxis be performed at least twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers.