Prophylaxis is a term used to describe a preventative dental procedure, such as teeth cleaning performed by a hygienist. Every three to six months, a hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque), that builds-up no matter how good your oral hygiene routine is.
The teeth cleaning procedure uses a technique called scaling that removes plaque from above and below the gumline.
Tartar is also removed. This part of the procedure is necessary to help prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The hygienist then uses a high-speed special electric toothbrush with a polishing agent that not only cleans your teeth, but brightens your smile.
If too much tartar has built-up, then a procedure called debridement is used to remove the tartar. Hand instruments and an ultrasound electric toothbrush are often used for this procedure.
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