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 and Tartar Removal – Plaque and tartar (also referred to as calculus) buildup occurs both above and below the gum line and 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 instruments and equipment is necessary to eliminate 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. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene that stems from gum infection results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our office can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. For most patients, we recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure. However, this needs to be completed every three to four months for patients fighting periodontal disease. It should be noted that gum disease is episodic and cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Sharifi can use to effectively halt its progress and prevent the impact of future episodes.