One of the first treatments our dentist may recommend for periodontal disease is prophylaxis, or a deep dental cleaning. Prophylaxis helps clear your mouth of plaque, tartar (calculus), and harmful bacteria, which in turn helps prevent the spread of gum disease in your mouth.
Prophylaxis is a significantly more intensive and thorough cleaning procedure than the cleanings performed during your routine checkups, and it is much more extensive than what you are able to perform on your own at home. Even if you have perfect oral hygiene habits, you will be unable to adequately clean certain areas of your mouth below the gum line. Prophylaxis removes the plaque and tartar in these difficult-to-reach areas.
During a deep dental cleaning, Dr. Kristin Wade will clean and polish the teeth below the gum line, removing bacteria from your periodontal pockets and making it less likely for those areas to continue to attract the disease-causing bacteria.
Depending on the severity of your condition and your dental history, we will recommend a schedule of visits for regular periodontal cleanings to help you keep your mouth free from gum disease. To learn more about prophylaxis in Payson, Arizona, and to schedule your appointment with our experienced dentist, please call Payson Premier Dental at 928-472-8400.