A dental prophylaxis is a dental cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. A 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 in halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar, also referred to as calculus, and plaque both build up above and below the gum line. It can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with proper brushing and flossing at home, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria, and deposits, especially from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. A prophylaxis is an effective treatment in getting rid of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our office can noticeably improve bad breath and reduce infection.
A prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your general dentist. It may be beneficial to have your regular cleanings done by Dr. Cristoforo or Dr. Carmosino, who are more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. We recommend that a prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every three to four months for those who suffer from periodontitis. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools we can use to effectively halt its progression.