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. 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. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually in general as a preventative measure, but should be completed every three to four months for periodontitis sufferers or patients who received a dental implant or the patients that cannot maintain a level of health in between the appointments. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Georgescu can use to effectively halt its progress.
Your hygiene appointment will include the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calcified plaque which forms below and above the gum line and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky substance made of bacteria, acid, food, and saliva, which coats the teeth and causes cavities, gingivitis, dental abscess, and bone loss. In addition, research has proved that it can lead to gingival inflammation that affects your overall systemic health.
Teeth polishing: Remove extrinsic stain and plaque that is not removed during tooth brushing.
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