Why is a Teeth Cleaning called a Dental Prophylaxis?
A dental prophylaxis is the procedure that is commonly known as a “Dental Cleaning.” Prophylaxis means an action that is taken to prevent a disease. A cleaning is typically recommended every 6 months to halt the progress of gingivitis and gum disease.
Benefits of a Teeth Cleaning
- Plaque Removal – Plaque can get trapped in the crevices of the gums and teeth. Over time this plaque can build up and harden above and below the gums. Even with impeccable dental hygiene, special tools are required to remove the bacteria and debris from these spaces. This halts gingivitis and gum disease progression in it’s tracks and prevents problems like root decay.
- Fresher Breath – Bad breath is a sign of gum disease. Buildup of bacteria and rooting food particles causes gum infection. The infected gums cause breath to smell worse and worse over time until the bacteria and debris is removed.
- A Healthy Looking Smile – Our daily habits can cause staining and yellowing of the teeth. A teeth cleaning will polish the stains away and give you a brighter smile!