Services - Cleanings/Prophylaxis
Prophylaxis (noun) – “action taken to prevent disease, especially by specified means or against a specified disease”
Routine dental cleanings should be completed on a routine basis every 6 months to prevent periodontal issues. In dentistry many times we only think of teeth, but the soft tissue around the teeth can be even more important. The soft and hard tissue (bone) support the teeth. The periodontal pockets and tooth structure are cleaned with a scaler. They can be hand scaled by the hygienist or ultrasonically scaled with a machine. This depends on the amount of buildup and the tenaciousness of the tartar. Your dental hygienist will also give needed oral hygiene instructions and discuss diet. These discussions and cleanings are customized to each patient depending on their specific dental needs.
For optimal gingival health and to prevent dental caries, cleanings along with a dental exam should be completed regularly.