Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A woman having her teeth cleaned

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis 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 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 is 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 prevent 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 and bacteria stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath.  The routine removal of plaque, tartar and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis should be provided on a schedule to be determined by Dr. Davis and your dentist. For a patient suffering from periodontal disease, it is highly recommended that your remain in the care of your periodontist, Dr. Davis, and see your general dentist once or twice a year for general dental examinations.  Patients with dental implants and no significant periodontal condition, usually alternate a prophylaxis and periodontal maintenance care between your dentist and Dr. Davis so that they both will be able to best maintain your dental health. The period between treatments will be decided by both doctors based upon your individual needs. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Davis can use to effectively halt its progression.