The medical term for a professional dental cleaning, prophylaxis is purely a preventive measure. Part of your dental checkup, prophylaxis is used to remove dental plaque and other irritants from the oral cavity.
During a dental prophylaxis, we perform both scaling and polishing. During the scaling process, dental tools are used to remove tartar, plaque, and stains from the teeth – including below the gum line. The polishing process smoothens your teeth removing rough spots which might otherwise attract bacteria.
Advantages of dental prophylaxis:
- Reducing the risk of caries
- Reducing the risk of periodontal diseases
- Removing discoloration of the teeth
The importance of daily oral hygiene
Brush your teeth at least twice a day floss at least once a day. These activities remove plaque, which if not removed, combines with sugars to form acids that lead to tooth decay. Bacterial plaque also causes gum disease and other periodontal diseases. Our team of experienced and trained staff will show you how to use dental floss, toothbrush and toothpaste the right way.