An Impressive Word (“Prophylaxis”) but “Teeth Cleaning” Will Suffice

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An Impressive Word (“Prophylaxis”) but “Teeth Cleaning” Will Suffice

It might sound like an impressive word you’d toss into a party conversation. But there’s a more relatable term for the technical word, “prophylaxis.”

“What’s that you say?”

You’re perhaps more familiar with the non-dental speak term, “teeth cleaning.” Whatever word you use (impressively or not) there’s nothing highfalutin about this preventive dentistry fundamental.

Your oral health depends on it. The simple, though vital, procedure is among the leading ways you can prevent cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and potentially costly dental treatment.

A “prophy” (as we might say among dental colleagues) targets “enemy #1” of your teeth and gums: plaque build-up. Plaque bacteria that harden into tartar are a primary cause of most of you and your family’s dental issues.

Your daily brushing and flossing are essential. But they’re incapable of removing the long-term plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth.

More than routine

Call it a teeth cleaning but there’s much more involved than that. The examination (check-up) portion provides your dentist the opportunity to observe, diagnose, and treatment plan (if necessary) what will improve your oral health.

X-rays are another essential during your “prophy.” Tooth decay, tooth damage, or any signs of dental disease can be pinpointed through our available, safe digital x-ray technology.

If necessary, an ultra-sonic teeth cleaning or scaling and root planing procedure can be added to your “teeth cleaning” appointment. These procedures provide a required, deeper cleaning that removes harmful bacteria deposits below your gum line and hidden tooth surfaces to help prevent and treat gum disease.

Most teeth cleanings are concluded with a tooth polishing procedure. Your dental hygienist will focus on each tooth with the gentle use of a polishing instrument to clean and restore your smile appearance.

Not if but when…you schedule

  • Inform your dentist and dental hygienist about any teeth sensitivity issues.
  • Inquire about the need for antibiotics prior to your teeth cleaning appointment. Your medical condition and any related medications can impact your dental procedures, including your “prophy.”
  • Investigate your dental insurance coverage. Most insurance plans allow for a dental cleaning two times per year (every six months).
  • Take advantage of your dental coverage provisions. Whatever you call it, a prophylaxis, “prophy,” or “teeth cleaning,” it’s a cost-saving investment in your dental health.

Contact our Roswell dental office to schedule you and your family’s next dental examination and teeth cleaning.

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