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Dr. K. Pat Brown, DDS, focuses on holistic dental health to ensure that all of our patients will benefit long-term. To achieve this goal, Dr. Brown recommends his patients get regular dental prophylaxis and preventative dental treatment from our dental office. You can expect to receive only the highest quality dental care from us.
What is Dental Prophylaxis?
The word “prophylaxis” literally means prevention and it is used in most branches of medicine. Dental prophylaxis, commonly known as dental cleaning, is a preventative method that maintains the overall oral health of every patient. It involves thorough removal of plaque, bacteria, and other substances on the surface of teeth that may contribute to the development of oral disease.
Through dental prophylaxis, your teeth will be protected from tooth decay and your risk of getting gum disease will be reduced significantly.
How does Dental Prophylaxis Prevent Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is caused by the accumulation of plaque on the surface of the tooth. Plaque is a clear biofilm composed of bacteria, sugars, and other compounds that create a destructive chemical reaction which leads to the deterioration of tooth enamel. The longer plaque lingers on the tooth surface, the bigger and deeper the cavities it produces.
Regular toothbrushing helps remove plaque from the teeth, but we sometimes miss spots especially on the backmost teeth which are hard to reach. Professional cleaning can efficiently remove any plaque buildup not removed by everyday brushing. Dental prophylaxis can also remove plaque that has already hardened into calculus (or tartar).
How does Dental Prophylaxis Prevent Gum Disease?
When plaque gets stuck along the gumline, it can build up and cause an infection in the tissues. Brushing and flossing are necessary to remove plaque along the gum line, although many of us forget to floss regularly. This increases the risk of acquiring gum disease.
Dental prophylaxis cleans along and slightly below the gumline, ensuring that plaque and tartar are cleared away. Furthermore, through regular cleaning, your dentist and dental hygienist can identify signs of gum disease and develop the best treatment plan to prevent the condition from worsening.
The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings
When you get regular dental cleaning, you gain the following benefits:
- Preservation of teeth. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss around the globe, and if it isn’t prevented, it can worsen and become very difficult to treat. Prophylaxis can prevents gum disease by removing any accumulation of plaque and tartar regularly.
- Early detection. If you are at risk of gum disease or already have it, our dentist can detect it during prophylaxis even if you don’t have any symptoms. Usually, gum disease shows symptoms when it’s already in its later stages. Early detection will make it easier to treat the disease and keep it from spreading. This also goes for other oral diseases, especially cancer.
- Less dental expenses. If you only visit the dentist when there’s something wrong with your oral health, you can probably expect to shell out a significant amount of money for your treatment. This is because the more severe your dental problem is, the more expensive the treatment tends to be because there’s a bigger defect to repair. Routine cleaning can keep your expenses low since you will be able to maintain good oral health and detect problems before they become serious.
- Less pain and downtime. Treatments for major oral problems like root canal therapy and tooth extraction can be uncomfortable. You will have to take some time off work so you can recover properly. However, these experiences can be avoided if you get dental cleanings twice a year.
- Healthier teeth and gums. Who doesn’t want to have healthier teeth and gums? It’s not just prevention that you can get from prophylaxis. It also strengthens your oral health and makes your teeth and gums more resistant to infection.
- Sparkling smile. Dental cleaning helps remove stains on the teeth, although not as well as actual teeth whitening. However, if you get regular cleaning, your teeth whitening treatment will be shorter and more effective since there are fewer stains to be removed from your teeth. Even if you don’t get teeth whitening, your teeth will still look clean and polished.
Get Semiannual Dental Cleanings from Dr. K. Pat Brown, DDS
Dr. K. Pat Brown, DDS, is a licensed dental professional who has been practicing for over 28 years. He has treated thousands of patients over the course of his career and received training and certifications in various branches of dentistry. His expertise makes him a truly reliable dentist for all your preventative oral care needs.
If you would like to have a dental cleaning from our dental office, all you have to do is give us a call at (951) 695-6269 or send us a message through our online contact page. We will set you an appointment for a general dental exam and prophylaxis. You can also visit our office at 27450 Ynez Rd #204, Temecula, CA. Our dental staff will be more than happy to assist you.