A dental prophylaxis is a treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important and effective dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal 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 can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria, and deposits from gingival pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging build up.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics 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 can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce inflammation.
We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3 – 4 months for patients with periodontitis. It should be noted that advanced periodontal disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Dongjin Lee and Dr. Min Jung Kim use to effectively halt its progression.