A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughlyclean the teeth and gums. Dental prophylaxis is an important dental treatmentfor stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Dental prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavityin 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. Dental 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.

Call 626-792-4300with questions about Professional Teeth Cleaning or to make an appointment with Dr. Haddad at PasadenaDentistry.

Professional teeth cleaning is performed at our office. We recommend that dental prophylaxis beperformed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completedevery 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gumdisease cannot be completely reversed, but dental prophylaxis is one of thetools Dr. Haddad can use to effectively halt its progression.