Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.  Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting 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.  Prophylaxis is 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.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your general dentist. It may be beneficial to have your regular cleanings done by Drs. Summers, Johnson or Alfred, who is more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed 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 prophylaxis is one of the tools Drs. Summers, Johnson or Alfred can use to effectively halt its progression.

Doctors Summers & Johnson

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I just wanted to compliment how welcoming everyone was, from the front desk, to Brandyn, and DR Johnson. I have never been treated with so much sincere kindness and interest in my periodontal situation. Brandyn is jus THE BEST, actually look forward to seeing her in the future! Thank you guys for a wonderful first…

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Great dental office and I have been a patient for over 10 years. Very professional staff. Doctors give you their treatment plans in a 'laymans' terms that you understand. That means a lot!

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I have been going to this practice twice annually for over fifteen years. Everyone makes me feel very special each time. I value the staff and trust Dr. Summers and Dr. Johnson. I plan on continuing to get dental care at this office for many years to come!

- Lou Jean M

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