The old adage goes 'a stitch in time saves nine'; prophylaxis serves the same purpose in oral and dental health. A dental prophylaxis is a thorough cleaning that is performed to clean the teeth and prevent the onset or progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
The main targets of prophylaxis are plaque and tartar. Both can lead to damaging bacterial growth and infection in the teeth and gums, which may even be carried to the rest of the body if left untreated. Prophylaxis is an excellent mitigating procedure as it helps to keep the oral cavity in good health and also halts the progression of gum disease.
Tartar removal – Tartar (calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Combining specialised instruments and experience, our dentists take care of the tartar build-up and remove debris, bacteria and deposits that will lead to bigger problems in the future.
Aesthetics – Coffee, tea and cigarettes can all leave your teeth stained and yellowing. Prophylaxis can provide a quick and easy solution, ridding your teeth of stains and restoring your smile.
Fresher breath – One of the most significant effects of periodontal disease is bad breath or halitosis. It is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line, possible gangrene stemming from gum infection, and periodontal problems. Prophylaxis helps to relieve halitosis.
Identification of health issues – Many health problems first present themselves to the dentist. Since prophylaxis involves a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity, our dentist are able to screen for oral cancer, evaluate the risk of periodontitis and often spot signs of medical problems such as diabetes and kidney problems, which can have oral symptoms.
Using various prophylaxis treatments, including supragingival and subgingival cleaning, root planning and application of medication in the gum pockets, and the latest technologies, our dentists provide the highest levels of oral and dental care. Prophylaxis is generally recommended every six months.