It is essential to practice a daily routine of oral care. This will not only keep your teeth less prone to decay, but also maintain their shape, structure, and overall aesthetics. Some people neglect the teeth and only visit the dentist when pain sets in. However, the teeth need periodic cleanings to be performed regularly by a dental professional. This reduces bacteria in the mouth, prevents cavities, and avoids plaque buildup. A clean mouth also contributes to your overall physical health. Drs. Eric Martin and Nick Sabbia, therefore, urge you to undergo regular oral prophylaxis to maintain good oral hygiene and physical well being.
What is Oral Prophylaxis?
The dentist or a licensed dental hygienist performs oral prophylaxis. This involves the thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. The hygienist scrapes off plaque that may have hardened on the surfaces of your teeth and removes plaque below the gum line to prevent gum disease. You must know that only professional cleaning can remove plaque once it has already hardened on your teeth. During oral prophylaxis, the hygienist uses special products and tools, to effectively soften plaque; thus making it easier to remove. Without the use of these tools, hardened plaque or tartar remains on your teeth and can eventually cause various types of dental problems.
How Often Should Oral Prophylaxis Be Performed?
The American Dental Association (ADA) advises that you visit your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and a comprehensive checkup. This will get rid of plaque that may have adhered itself onto the hard-to-reach sides of your teeth. While you should still perform proper brushing and flossing after meals, oral prophylaxis ensures that the growth of bacteria is kept to a minimum inside the mouth. Bear in mind that plaque attaches itself easily to any tooth surface. As it is difficult to keep all sides of your tooth clean, you may take advantage of oral prophylaxis to help you maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental problems.
Oral Prophylaxis is Often Accompanied by Fluoride Treatment and Preventive Sealants
Additionally, there are other treatments that aid in the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. After your oral prophylaxis is complete, a fluoride treatment and preventive sealants may be recommended to provide further strength and protection. Sealants create a protective barrier against plaque, with the use of a plastic coating over your teeth. These coatings are placed specifically over the molars, as these teeth can be hard to clean because of irregular grooves.
Fluoride treatment gives your teeth their essential dose of fluoride. This makes your teeth stronger and less prone to damage. Thus, oral prophylaxis combined with fluoride treatment and preventive sealants bring about healthy, beautiful teeth.
Visit the Dentist Today for Oral Prophylaxis
If you haven’t had oral prophylaxis in a while, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your dentist and take advantage of this preventive care treatment. Good oral hygiene does not only feel great but looks great as well. You also do yourself a favor by avoiding dental problems that may involve costly and complex dental care. Why not schedule oral prophylaxis today? All you need to do is call our office and we will take care of your dental care needs.
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