Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A woman having her teeth cleaned

A dental prophylaxis is a thorough cleaning on relatively healthy teeth for the prevention of periodontal disease. This is usually recommended twice a year and performed at your dentist’s office.

Periodontal maintenance

After active periodontal therapy, whether surgical or non-surgical, regular periodic maintenance care is essential to stabilize your periodontal disease. Periodontal maintenance is usually done at 3-4 month intervals at our office or alternating with your dentist’s office, depending on the stability of your periodontal condition.

Cleaning includes:

Even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria, and deposits. Regular cleanings help maintain oral health and catch what daily cleaning cannot. This includes:

  • Plaque removal, tartar (also referred to as calculus) buildup removal both above and below the gum line.
  • Polishing of the teeth. This is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of stains. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile.
  • Oral hygiene instructions