A dental prophylaxis is a procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. It is effective in keeping the oral cavity healthy and halting the progression of gum disease.
The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include:
- Plaque removal. Calculus and plaque build up, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it is impossible to remove all bacteria and deposits from gum pockets.
- 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 can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.