Cleanings & Prevention
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums, and is important for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Regular cleanings are an effective procedure to keep the oral cavity in proper health and halt the progression of gum 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 gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Regular cleanings are effective 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 at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
We recommend patients visit our office for cleanings twice annually as a preventative measure, but every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but regular cleanings is one of the tools Dr. Lee can use to effectively halt its progression.