Having your teeth cleaned is a critical part of both treating and preventing the advance of gingivitis and periodontal disease. This cleaning process is known as Prophylaxis and involves thoroughly and meticulously cleaning both the teeth and gums.
Prophylaxis is very effective in maintaining strong dental health by hindering the advance of gum disease. It removes plaque and tartar buildup, not just above the gum line but below as well. Allowing plaque and tartar to accumulate can have many adverse consequences like periodontal disease. Prophylaxis is there to do what regular at home oral health care cannot. Bacteria and plaque can still build up even with routine brushing and flossing. This is why it is critical to schedule regular cleanings. Both our dentists and hygienists have years of training and experience in recognizing and removing this buildup.
Teeth cleaning, aside from preventing periodontal disease also increases the aesthetic appeal of your smile. It can clear up and clean yellowed or stained teeth giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Prophylaxis will clear away the root causes of bad breath. Bad breath is usually a sign of periodontal disease. So fighting periodontal disease will help with bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by gangrene provoked by gum infection as well as rotting food particles. Removing plaque, bacteria, and tartar can improve halitosis and diminish infection.
Prophylaxis can be conducted within our office or by your regular dentist. It might be in your best interest to have your regular cleanings with our doctors who are the most familiar with your mouth and your level of periodontal disease. Prophylaxis should be performed roughly every six months to prevent damage and buildup. It should be conducted more frequently for those who suffer from periodontitis, about every three to four months. It is important to note that gum disease is not something that can be fully reversed but it can have its progress blocked through prophylaxis.