Dental prophylaxis is a treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.
Prophylaxis is important as it helps to stop the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. It is also an effective way to keep the oral cavity in optimum health.
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 buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetic appeal of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these 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 stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Our highly skilled team is here to assist you by providing professional prophylaxis treatments at our office.
We recommend that your teeth be professionally cleaned twice annually as a preventative measure. However, this treatment should occur every three to four months for periodontitis sufferers.
It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Lauvetz-Enmeier can use to effectively halt its progression.
If you are in the Stillwater, OK area, contact Amazing Smiles today to schedule an appointment for your dental exam and teeth cleaning.