Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

Teeth Cleaning (Prophy): Pasadena, Deer Park Texas

A dental teeth cleaning (prophy / prophylaxis) is a cleaning procedure done by a Hygienist to thoroughly clean the teeth.  Prophylaxis is a vital dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease Pasadena Texas

Gingivitis and periodontal disease arise when bacteria from plaque settle on the gingival (gum) tissue, either above or below the gum line.  These bacteria colonies cause serious inflammation and irritation. Furthermore, the bacteria release toxic waste produces that in turn produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body.  As a result of the toxins and inflammation, the body begins to steadily loose the gum and bone tissue surrounding the teeth. Thus, the teeth lose their foundation. The teeth shift, become mobile, and the gum tissue recedes. The pockets between the gums and teeth grow larger and house more bacteria. The teeth then fall out and the bacteria colonies can enter the bloodstream to infect other parts of the body.

Periodontal Disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.

Reasons for teeth cleaning:

Routine normal teeth cleanings are an excellent way to keep your dental health optimal and to stop the progression of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. To make matters worse, gum disease is not painful so the only way to monitor the conditions of your gum tissue is with routine dental exams.

Benefits of prophylaxis:

Calculus removal – Calculus (tartar) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated.  Even with amazing home care, it is impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and calculus from gum pockets.  Your hygienist will use advanced dental tools to clean your teeth.

Cosmetics – It’s hard to feel self-confident about a smile blemished by yellowing, stained teeth.  Routine teeth cleaning can remove unsightly stains and discolorations.

Fresher breath – The removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria noticeably improves breath. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is often characterized by chronic bad breath (halitosis).  Bad breath generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line and sulfur waste products from bacteria.

 

 

Teeth Cleaning is performed in several stages:

  1. Supragingival cleaning – Your Hygienist will methodically clean the area above the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and calculus.
  2. Subgingival cleaning – This is the critical cleaning step because your hygienist is able to remove calculus, bacteria and debris underneath the gum line.
  3. Polishing – This removes stain and gets the smooth and brighter in color.

Routine teeth cleanings are recommended twice annually as a preventative measure. The cleaning is above the gum line and just focuses on the teeth. However, some patients benefit greatly by having their teeth clean three or four times a year. The goal of teeth cleaning is to prevent disease processes from starting and to help the patient keep their teeth and gum tissue bacteria and calculus free. When bacteria and calculus form underneath the gum tissue, scaling and root planing is necessary to treat the bacterial infection.

Regular Teeth Cleaning

 

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