Prophylaxis is one of the more thorough types of tooth cleaning that you can have done and it can actually help to deter the progression of periodontal diseases.
No amount of brushing and flossing will guarantee that you will get rid of all the plaque causing bacteria living in your mouth. Of course practicing good oral health habits at home is well advised and will definitely contribute to a healthy smile but it will take the know how and experience of a dental professional to spot the beginnings of a problem. Then your dentist or hygienist can use the special technology and instruments at his disposal to get rid of any plaque buildup. A prophylaxis procedure will also remove any stains that your toothbrush might have missed or just couldn’t eliminate.
When plaque is left to harden it will gradually turn to tartar. Part of the prophylaxis treatment will be to remove tartar from above and around the gumline but it will also entail going further under the gumline and into the pockets where harmful bacteria can hide. The last phase in the treatment is called “root planing.” This is when the hygienist goes to the root of the tooth to clean out any remaining bacteria that could contaminate the gums.
Prophylaxis is a preventive measure used to keep a developing case of periodontitis from getting any worse. Having it done can save a patient from having to undergo a more invasive procedure. Call Southlands Dental in Aurora @ 720-886-0606 to make an appointment for your exam.