When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned by a dental professional? If you’re not sure or you think it doesn’t matter, you need to read on to learn about the importance of dental prophylaxis (big word, we know). This simple dental procedure is a major part of an oral health care regimen needed to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss brought on by all kinds of dental diseases. Prophylaxis twice a year can prevent the need for costly procedures, such as fillings, crowns, or even gum disease treatment.
To explain, prophylaxis is the medical term for a professional dental cleaning. As any dental checkup should include, prophylaxis is used to remove plaque and other irritants from the oral cavity. As deposits build on your teeth, they form tartar, which can build up too much worse problems for your teeth. And unfortunately, some of this bad buildup can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing, so prophylaxis is one way to ensure a clean bill of oral health.
Dental prophylaxis is so much more than just a tooth cleaning. During the oral exam, several measures are taken to monitor and improve the health of your teeth. Your dental professional will administer X-rays to look for any signs of tooth decay. The removal of any tooth deposits from your teeth with an ultrasonic tooth-cleaning helps prevent any further damage. Your dentist can then discuss with you any treatment plans he or she feels are necessary from reviewing the X-rays and checking your teeth. Once you’re all good to go, your dentist or dental hygienist will polish your teeth to give you a gleaming smile.
Dental prophylaxis is essential not only for maintaining the health of your teeth but is also used to treat the early stages of gum disease. Without regular dental visits, dental tartar can build up and start to form under the gum line eventually leading to gum disease if left untreated and may cause tooth loss. Make your appointment with a dentist today.