Teeth Cleaning in Santa Ana
A dental prophylaxis is a routine treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important preventative treatment for patients who do not yet have periodontal disease. It isan effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health. The benefits include:
- Plaque removal. Plaque and tartar (also called calculus) 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.
Dr. Goodfellow does all prophylaxis procedures himself, usually at the same visit as the exam. This can be a time saving convenience for our patients. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure to keep your teeth and gums healthy and pain-free and to keep your smile bright. It is much easier (and lest costly) to prevent periodontal disease than it is to treat it after the fact.