Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A young lady having her teeth cleanedA dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Dr. Dr. Noraian prescribes dental prophylaxis for all patients with any periodontal health issue.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping your mouth 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’s difficult 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 Dr. Dr. Noraian’s office can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Dr. Dr. Noraian’s staff can perform dental prophylaxis at his office or you can have it done at your general dentist’s office. It may benefit you to have your regular cleanings done by Dr. Dr. Noraian, who is more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. Dr. Dr. Noraian recommends that you have two biannual cleanings as a preventative measure. However, if you suffer from periodontitis, you should schedule cleanings every three to four months. You cannot completely reverse your gum disease, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Dr. Noraian can use to halt the progression of gum disease effectively.