Oral prophylaxis, or teeth cleaning, is a type of oral care treatment which involves the cleaning of teeth to prevent tooth cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. It is also effective in the removal of teeth stains, food debris, and dental plaque.
- The dental procedure is performed by a dentist who cleans the surfaces of the teeth and the area below the gums through scaling and polishing.
- A rotating electric toothbrush and special toothpaste are used in polishing the teeth.
- It prevents gum disease like gingivitis.
- It diagnoses dental issues early.
- It maintains the overall health of the teeth and gums.
- It helps prevent serious health issues like heart attacks and strokes, which are both linked to gum disease.
- It prevents bacterial buildup, which can produce bad breath.
Remember that oral prophylaxis is not a substitute for oral hygiene; you still need to brush your teeth and floss regularly. Professional dental cleaning is recommended twice yearly. But for those with periodontitis, it is recommended to be done every 3 to 4 months. Or, if you have a high risk of dental diseases, your dentist may recommend dental prophylaxis more frequently. People in high-risk groups may need to see their dentist every three or four months. Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for people with certain heart conditions. Your doctor and dentist can let you know if you will need antibiotics prior to your appointment.