A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an excellent procedure to help keep the oral cavity in good health and also halt the progression of gum disease.

A professional dental cleaning is recommended twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be performed every 3-4 months on patients with periodontitis. Though gum disease cannot be completely reversed, prophylaxis is one of the tools the dentist can use to effectively halt its destructive progress.


Here are some of the benefits of prophylaxis:

Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments. It can cause serious gum and bone problems if left untreated. Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Aesthetics: By removing the stains and polishing your teeth, you’ll instantly find them whiter and shinier, therefore returning your smile to its former glory and enhancing your confidence.

Fresher breath: Periodontal disease is often signified by persistent bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line, possible gum infection, and other periodontal problems. The removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria noticeably improves breath and alleviates irritation.