A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Teeth cleanings are an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease and keeping the oral cavity in proper health.
The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include:
- Plaque/tartar 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 dental hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile- Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Professional teeth cleanings are an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these stains.
- Fresher breath- Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce the risk of infection.
Professional dental cleanings can be performed at our office. We recommend that dental prophylaxis be performed at least twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for patients with periodontal disease. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but regular professional teeth cleanings is one of the tools used to effectively halt its progression
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected by periodontal disease at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Preventing gum disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease if regular professional dental cleanings are not maintained.