Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

Periodontal (Gum tissue) health can vary form one patient to another.  Treating each appropriately is very important.  There are at least three types of dental “cleaning’ procedures.  Each is used for particular circumstances and severity of periodontal disease activity or progression. A dental prophylaxis is a routine basic procedure performed to clean a patients teeth who has minimal plaque and calculus accumulation on their teeth.  This procedure is used most on patients with Gingivitis  Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of Gingivitis towards Periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.  Plaque and calculus are removed with various instruments and the teeth are polished to help minimize future buildup.  The benefits include:

  • Healthier Gums.   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 can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from the teeth and gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch and remove 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 many of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of bacteria and food particles (possibly below the gum line) produce chemicals that can result in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection. 

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but may be recommended every 3-4 months for some patients. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Callstrom can use to effectively halt its progression.  Patients with more periodontal disease activity may need a different type of cleaning.  Good daily oral hygiene habits by the patient are still the most important factor in our gum tissue health.