Professional Teeth Cleaning
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.
Professional teeth cleaning is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. 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 esthetics 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.
After accessing the health of your teeth and gums, Drs. Ferguson or Klepper, will determine a cleaning schedule designed for your optimal health which may include cleanings at our office, cleanings alternating between our office and your general dentist, or simply returning to your general dentist for routine cleanings. In general professional teeth cleaning should be completed at a minimum of twice annually or every 3 to 4 months for periodontal patients.