Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

Teeth Cleaning in South Brunswick

PARTNERS FOR BETTER ORAL HYGIENE

Who are the partners?

Dental health begins with good oral hygiene. This requires professional care and guidance provided by your dentist and dental hygienist, combined with proper care at home by you. That’s the partnership. When you follow a recommended home care routine and have regular professional care, you will be able to maintain healthier teeth and gums.

Why you need a prophylaxis (professional cleaning) .

Professional cleaning removes plaque, calculus (tartar), and stain from the teeth. The cleaning may be done by your dentist or dental hygienist, a licensed professional who performs prophylaxis (professional cleaning) in the dental office and provides education in proper care of the teeth and gums.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky film that constantly forms on all areas of your teeth. It is composed of bacteria, by-products of bacteria, and your saliva. Plaque bacteria use sugar and other carbohydrates to grow and to form acids which attack tooth enamel and can cause cavities.  Plaque that builds up along the gumline and between teeth in hard to reach places can be harmful. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that can irritate the gums causing them to turn red, swell and bleed the signs typically associated with gingivitis. Recognizing gingivitis is important because it is reversible. Unnoticed, ignored or simply not taken care of, gingivitis can sometimes progress to a more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis. It is easy to see why brushing and cleaning between teeth with floss or other interdental cleaners to remove plaque is essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What is calculus (tartar)?

Minerals in saliva combine with plaque at the tooth surface and harden into a rough, unsightly deposit called calculus (tartar). Calculus, which is mostly mineral, provides a rough surface that makes thorough plaque removal more difficult. Your toothbrush and floss can’t remove calculus once it has formed. Calculus can only be removed during a regular dental prophylaxis.

What a prophylaxis (professional cleaning) does that you can’t do for yourself?

A prophylaxis is a scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove normal plaque, calculus and stains. While the main objective of the prophylaxis is to help prevent gum disease, it can also improve the appearance of your teeth by making them look clean and bright. Scaling is performed using instruments to remove calculus from the teeth. Polishing with a special paste by means of a motorized instrument removes remaining plaque and surface stains caused by various foods, beverages and tobacco. Polished tooth surfaces make it more difficult for plaque and debris to accumulate.