Prophylaxis

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Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

Prophylaxis, or teeth cleaning, is a regular part of maintaining oral health. Proper prophylaxis maintains a healthy mouth which helps to prevent periodontal (gum) disease and gingivitis.

Why get your teeth cleaned?

Prophylaxis Removes Tartar

Doing this helps you maintain a healthy mouth. Serious oral health issues can arise if not performed routinely. The ability of Dr. Kuske to clean in great detail helps build on the oral health of even those who regularly and faithfully brush and floss their teeth.

Preventative Care

Because your mouth is closely tied to other health issues, staying on top of your teeth cleaning and visiting Dr. Kuske regularly can help identify the first signs of many other health issues including kidney problems, diabetes, and oral cancer.

Beautiful Teeth

Regular prophylaxis helps maintain a clean, bright smile for a confident you!

Fresh Breath

Common causes of bad breath (also known as halitosis) can be removed and fresher breath maintained by regular teeth cleaning.

The 5 Steps of Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis (or “Teeth Cleaning”) can be broken down into five general stages of treatment. It is recommended that prophylaxis treatments occur every 6 months, possibly more often based upon your oral health and recommendations by Dr. Kuske. Patients visit her for their regular cleanings from Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Hills and nearby areas.

1. X-Rays and Dental Examination

X-rays performed as part of a routine oral health plan help identify areas in your oral health that need special attention and care. These also give a deeper, more complete picture (quite literally) of your dental health to help with treatment.

2. Cleaning Above the Gumline

A detailed cleaning of this area helps get rid of plaque and tartar.

3. Cleaning Beneath the Gumline

This is a crucial step in maintaining optimal oral health. Tartar is removed from under the gumline and from pockets in your gums to help prevent more serious dental issues from arising.

4. Smoothing of the Tooth (Root Planing)

This step removes the remaining bacteria from the teeth.

5. Antibiotic Cream (often but not always applied)

This step puts antibiotic cream in the gum pockets to encourage healing and to help ease any discomfort from treatment.