What is Oral Prophylaxis?
Oral prophylaxis is the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from exposed and unexposed surfaces of the teeth by scaling, cleaning and polishing. Professional tooth cleaning is the selective removal of plaque from all tooth surfaces. It concentrates on tooth surfaces generally neglected by the patient. Plaque deposits are often most extensive in the lower jaws, on the inside of lower teeth.
Here are some of the benefits of prophylaxis:
Tartar and Plaque removal is main aim of Oral Prophylaxis.
Tartar (calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Even using the best brushing and flossing home care techniques, it can be impossible to remove debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist using specialized dental equipment is needed in order to spot and treat problems such as tartar and plaque buildup. These procedures are intended to be preventive measures for the control of local irritating factors and to prevent the initiation of dental diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis and to assist in the healing processes.
Dental plaque is not readily removed by rinsing with water. It is estimated that 1 mm of dental plaque, weighing about 1 mg, contains more than 200 million bacteria. There are over 350 sorts of bacteria in the oral cavity, only few of which are able to colonize a newly cleaned tooth surface.
Colonization of tooth surfaces by bacteria is acknowledged as the key factor in fostering the most common oral diseases: inflammation induced in the gingival soft tissues adjacent to the gingival plaque, cavities of the enamel which develop on individual tooth surfaces beneath the bacterial plaque, and periodontitis.
Studies have shown that quality plaque control can prevent and control gingivitis, periodontitis, and dental cavities in children as well as adults. Plaque control can be achieved mechanically or chemically by self-care or professionally by dentists or dental hygienists.
Improvement in Aesthetics is an outcome of Oral Prophylaxis.
It’s hard to feel confident about a smile marred by yellowing, stained teeth. Oral Prophylaxis can rid the teeth of unsightly stains and return the smile to its former glory or even better.
Fresher breath can result from Oral Prophylaxis.
Periodontal disease is often signified by persistent bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line, possible gangrene stemming from gum infection, and periodontal problems. The removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria noticeably improves breath and alleviates irritation.
Identification of health issues during Oral Prophylaxis.
Many health problems first present themselves to the dentist.
Since prophylaxis involves a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity, the dentist is able to do the following:
- check for cavities
- screen for oral cancer
- evaluate the risk of periodontitis
- often spot signs of medical problems like diabetes and kidney problems
- provide recommendations for altering the home care regimen.
Oral Prophylaxis at Modern Dental Care is performed using ultrasonic devices, curettes and small rotating brushes or rubber cups. Because this procedure is labor-intensive and time-consuming, new methods are sought constantly for a more effective treatment which is both harmless and comfortable for the patient. The AIR-FLOW method is also used for removal of stains and plaque.
We strongly believe in “ Prevention is better than Cure”, that is why we have a patient recall protocol in place wherein every patient is recalled every six months for a free checkup to check for Oral Health Status and Oral Prophylaxis is carried out as and when required.