Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
What Is Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)?
Prophylaxis is a preventative measure used to protect against the build-up of tartar and plaque on teeth. This type of treatment is also known as teeth cleaning. Prophylaxis treatments are important in maintaining good oral health, as they help to remove harmful bacteria and debris from the teeth and gums. A dentist or dental hygienist typically performs prophylaxis treatments and should perform them every six months or so, depending on the needs of the patient.
Who Needs Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)?
Doctors recommend prophylaxis treatments for all patients who have good oral hygiene and are free of gum disease. However, patients who have a history of gum disease, or who are at risk for developing gum disease, may need more frequent prophylaxis treatments. Patients who have braces or other dental appliances may also benefit from more frequent prophylaxis treatments.
What Are The Benefits Of Prophylaxis?
Regular teeth cleanings are important for maintaining good oral health. Prophylaxis, also known as teeth cleaning, is a preventative measure that can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Prophylaxis can also remove any built-up tartar and plaque on the teeth.
There are many benefits to having regular prophylaxis appointments, which include:
- Reduced risk of gum disease: Prophylaxis can remove any bacteria or build-up on the teeth that could lead to gum disease.
- Fresh breath: Prophylaxis can help remove any bad smells from the mouth caused by bacteria build-up.
- Prevention of tooth decay: Prophylaxis can remove any plaque or tartar on the teeth that could lead to tooth decay.
- Overall oral health: Prophylaxis appointments help to maintain overall oral health by keeping the teeth and gums clean and healthy.
What Does Prophylaxis Treatment Involve?
Prophylaxis is a preventative measure to help reduce the amount of tartar and plaque that builds up on teeth over time. A dental hygienist performs a deep cleaning of the teeth as part of the treatment. This type of cleaning is more thorough than regular teeth cleaning, and it helps to remove any hardened plaque that may be difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing. Prophylaxis treatments are typically recommended on a semi-annual basis in order to keep the teeth healthy and free of harmful build-up.
How Often Should You Get Prophylaxis?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients have their teeth cleaned at least once every six months, but patients with special needs may need teeth cleanings more frequently. Your dentist can help determine how often you should have prophylaxis treatments based on your oral health history and current condition.
Prophylaxis is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy and preventing cavities and gum disease. Regular teeth cleanings remove plaque and tartar that can contribute to these conditions. Regular teeth cleaning also gives your dentist a chance to check for any early signs of trouble and provide guidance on how to best care for your teeth at home.
If you have a history of cavities or gum disease, you may need to get prophylaxis more often than the ADA recommendation. Patients with braces or other dental appliances may need teeth cleanings more frequently. Be sure to discuss your individual needs with your Hybrid Dental so that you can develop a Prophylaxis Schedule that is right for you.
Hybrid Dental doesn’t stop at just regular cleanings when it comes to oral health. We use lasers and other decontamination methods to diminish the bacteria, microbes, and viruses that could linger around your teeth over time. Contact us today to experience the hybrid difference.