Not All Dental Cleanings Are Created Equal

The practice you choose makes the difference.

The Tooth, the Whole Tooth , and Everything about The Tooth

One of the most confusing treatments in a dental office is for teeth cleanings.  Understanding that not all dental cleanings are created equal will help you when you come in for the service as well as when you are paying for that cleaning.  A prophylaxis or prophy, is a dental term to describe the tooth cleaning where the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from tooth structure on typically the crown or what you see when you brush.  The gums around the teeth are healthy. Your dentist or hygienist may tell you that you require a periodontal maintenance and not a prophy.  A periodontal maintenance differs from a prophy although your hygienist performs both.  A periodontal maintenance is required when a patient has received periodontal therapy of either gum surgery or scaling and root planing due to the presence of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is a thorough and…

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