Teeth Cleaning 

Dental Prophylaxis

Woman receiving a teeth cleaning

A teeth cleaning, otherwise known as “dental prophylaxis,” is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Regularly scheduled teeth cleanings are an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Teeth cleanings are an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. Benefits include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar 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 aesthetics of a smile. Teeth cleanings are 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 at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Teeth cleanings are performed at our office. It may be beneficial to have your regular cleanings done by Dr. Colon, Dozier and Barnett who are more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. We recommend a teeth cleaning be scheduled twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but regularly scheduled teeth cleanings are one of the tools our physicians can use to effectively halt its progression.