A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed on relatively healthy teeth for the prevention of periodontal disease. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gum disease to periodontal disease. This type of dental cleaning is typically performed twice a year.
After periodontal disease treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical, regular periodic maintenance care is essential to keep periodontal disease under control. Periodontal maintenance is usually done at 3-6 month intervals, depending on the stability of your periodontal condition.
Regular prophylaxis or periodontal maintenance cleanings help maintain oral health and catch what daily at home oral hygiene cannot. Teeth cleaning includes:
- Plaque and tartar removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. We use specialized dental equipment that can catch and remove potentially damaging buildups.
- Polishing of teeth. This is an effective treatment that removes stains. Stained teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile
- Oral hygiene instructions. No one is perfect at brushing and flossing, thus, we will make sure to tailor our recommendations for homecare improvement to your specific situation.
Call our office at (360) 524-4236 to schedule your cleaning.