Prophylaxis (Dental Cleanings)
A prophylaxis is a professional cleaning an individual receives from a dental hygienist. Cleanings should be performed every six months to disrupt tartar and plaque biofilm, which are the contributors to tooth decay and periodontal disease. A routine dental prophylaxis includes scaling and polishing. Dental hygienists perform scaling by hand and ultrasonic instrumentation. Ultrasonic instrumentation is a sophisticated technique that allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and effectively. Both ultrasonic and manual scaling methods can be combined to achieve the best results. Polishing completes the prophylaxis, making the surfaces of the teeth shiny and smooth, which helps to minimize future buildup. Our hygienists offer complimentary warm moisture treatments for your hands, or heat for your back to make your visit relaxing and enjoyable.