Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

An image of the dental prophylaxis which is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Moore, Dr. King, Dr. Dowlearn, Dr. Wieck, Dr. Allison, Dr. McPherson, Dr. Brewton, Dr. Le & Dr. Stephenson can use to effectively halt its progression.

The Dental Group of Amarillo

5 out of 5 stars based on 7 Cleaning reviews.

Patient Review from Sandra M

Overall great service!

- Sandra M

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Patient Review from Ron W

I was very impressed by the staff all the way up to Dr. McPherson. Everyone was very courteous and professional. Glad to know I can call this my new dental home.

- Ron W

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Patient Review from Patricia K

I love my hygienist she is always so sweet and does a good job on my teeth. All the staff is so friendly. Love Dr Dowlearn.

- Patricia K

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Patient Review from Brenda G

Always quick & easy. Friendly staff and Dr King is awesome!

- Brenda G

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Patient Review from Amy S

They are THE BEST!!! Treat us like family!!!!!

- Amy S

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Patient Review from Donald S

Would never go anywhere else Dr. King and his staff are the greatest !

- Donald S

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Patient Review from Mallory N

I've seen Katrina for years for my teeth cleanings. She is great at her job! She is a pleasure to talk to if there are any questions or concerns about treatment. Katrina and Naomi are such assets to the office! Dr. Moore is a great dentist as well and doesn't rush through exams. What a well ran dental office!

- Mallory N

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