A dental prophylaxis is precisely what it sounds like – a preventative cleaning for your teeth. At Carlston Dental Group, it involves more thorough teeth cleaning than a regular checkup and scaling your teeth. Scaling is a professional cleaning that removes plaque above and below the gum line. The goal is to remove debris and ensure your gums are healthy before problems occur. Without regular appointments for your dentist to provide this deep cleaning, your teeth could experience severe decay that leads to a need for more expensive procedures.
How Often Should I Have Preventative Prophylaxis Treatment?
Your dentist will recommend cleaning your teeth every six to twelve months, depending on your oral health needs. The cleanings help to remove plaque and tartar buildup that regular brushing and flossing can’t always reach. Removing this buildup is essential to avoid tooth decay, cavities, and other complications when bacteria build up in the mouth.
Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings if you have gum disease or gingivitis. They can also recommend other treatments to help treat the cause of your gum disease so that you can avoid having additional issues in the future. If your gums are bleeding or puffy when you brush or floss, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that your dentist can evaluate the health of your gums. In some cases, the gums may not bleed if inflamed or infected, so it’s essential to have them evaluated even if they aren’t causing pain.
The Benefits of Preventative Prophylaxis
The benefits of regular care include having healthier teeth and gums and preventing more complicated problems. Additionally, patients who visit their dentist regularly are more likely to have an attractive smile they proudly show off.
Patients who receive preventative care are also more likely to develop strong oral hygiene habits at home. This will allow patients to have better dental health between dentist visits. As a result, the risk of developing severe dental issues is also reduced.
Regular check-ups also allow your dentist to monitor the health of your jaw and other facial structures, including your teeth and gums. This ensures that if any changes or developments are noted, they can be caught early and treated before they turn into more significant issues. In addition to helping you maintain a healthier smile, routine cleans can also help to boost your confidence and help you feel better about your smile.
If you experience sore gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, loose teeth, or consistent bad breath, you may be experiencing symptoms of advanced periodontal disease. These can be signs of gum disease, leading to tooth loss if left untreated. If you have been suffering from these symptoms, visit Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844 to schedule a periodontal evaluation with your dentist soon as possible.