Dental Prophylaxis (Cleaning)
Dental prophylaxis, or cleaning, is an important part of a healthy oral care routine. Prophylaxis refers to an action carried out for the prevention of a disease. Dental cleanings are examples of preventative measures taken to inhibit the development of tooth decay and gum disease and promote a healthy smile.
Though most people brush their teeth at home on a daily basis, lingering food particles can harbor bacteria that form a sticky plaque on the surface of the teeth. Though hardened plaque is not removable with regular brushing, it comes off easily during a professional dental cleaning. Left unaddressed, plaque can lead to serious oral complications such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Removal of plaque, calculus and stains is accomplished by dental instruments that scrape away deposits from the teeth. An electric device, called an ultra-sonic or sonic scaler may also be used. This deposit removal is performed on tooth structures that have not been affected by bone loss; typically the crowns of the teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends dental prophylaxis on a routine basis. If you have not undergone periodic dental cleanings, it is never too late to begin taking better care of your teeth. Contact our office as soon as possible to schedule your next visit and begin your path to healthier teeth and gums.
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