Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)


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.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. 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. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

During your treatment with us, we will also provide a number of additional benefits:

  • Periodontal charting. We will perform a complete examination of your gums and record probing depths, which is the best way to detect the presence of periodontal disease, and monitor its progression.
  • Cancer screening. Routine cancer screening of the oral cavity and neck is the best way to catch lesions before they become significant, and provides peace of mind.
  • Complete exam. Our doctors will perform a thorough exam, and supplement with radiographs when necessary, to ensure that we catch problems when they are still small and more easily managed.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. 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 Drs. Beninato and Hatzigiannis can use to effectively halt its progression.