What is the difference between a prophy and a cleaning?
A prophy is routine teeth cleaning performed by a dental professional. This type of cleaning is recommended every six months.
A professional teeth cleaning is a procedure in which your dentist uses specialized equipment to remove tartar buildup from your teeth. A deep teeth cleaning can remove more plaque buildup than you can do at home.
At Berbos Dentistry, teeth cleanings are recommended twice per year to prevent plaque buildup. A professional teeth cleaning can help prevent further dental problems.
Why Are Professional Teeth Cleaning Important?
A dentist can clean the teeth more thoroughly than you can at home. Dentists also have the training and skill needed to address common dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Routine cleanings will keep your teeth healthy, and also make your smile look its best.
When Should Professional Teeth Cleaning Be Performed?
Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day, it may not be enough to remove tartar and bacteria buildup on your teeth. The plaque and bacteria that stick to your teeth over time can cause cavities and gum disease.
A professional teeth cleaning includes all of the steps you would normally complete when cleaning your teeth at home, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing. The dentist will clean your teeth more thoroughly than you can at home, and may use tools designed for a professional cleaning, such as electric toothbrushes and ultrasonic scalers, to remove tartar buildup.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleanings
Regular teeth cleaning is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. It gives your dentist in Fullerton CA a chance to examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental issues. Cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup. These substances accumulate on teeth when we don’t brush or floss properly. When bacteria builds up on teeth, it can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Regular cleanings will also help your dentist catch oral health issues early on, protecting you from more expensive treatments down the road.
How Do I Take Care of My Teeth Between Professional Teeth Cleanings?
There are a few simple ways to take care of your teeth and gums between professional cleanings:
- Brush and floss your teeth every day.
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. This will help kill bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
- Avoid foods and beverages that can damage your teeth, such as candy, soda, and coffee. If you do eat them, drink plenty of water to rinse away the residue to prevent stains.
- Visit your dentist once every six months. Professional teeth cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup that you can’t remove at home.
Get in touch with Berbos Dentistry at 1321 N. Harbor Blvd, Suite 306, Fullerton 92835, or call (714) 526-4867 for the best dental services.