Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
Teeth Cleaning for Winston-Salem & Clemmons, NC
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Winston Smiles offers this service for patients in and around the Clemmons, NC area. Routine procedures will include updating your medical health with your dentist as well as having x-rays taken of your teeth, which your dentist can use to discover oral health problems.
Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. Many problems you may not notice at first can be detected and resolved with routine teeth cleanings. The benefits include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque 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.
Prophylaxis can be performed at our office which serves patients from Clemmons, NC and the surrounding areas.. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr's. Pruitt, Miller, Stowe, Steinbicker or Taylor can use to effectively halt its progression. Contact our team today to get set up with an appointment.