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A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth, important for halting the progression of gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque colonize on the gum tissue causing serious inflammation, producing a chronic inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the gum and bone tissue is destroyed, making teeth shift, become unstable or completely fall out. The pockets between the teeth and gums become deeper and the bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, compromising other parts of the body.

During your 6 month checkup and cleaning appointment, you will be screened for many threats to your oral health including:

1. Cavities
2. Gum Disease
3. Oral Cancer

Your dentist and dental hygienist are your first line of defense against oral disease. Your hygienist is a highly trained professional who can evaluate your teeth and gums, both visually and with the assistance of x-rays and other modern technology, to discover threats to your oral or general health. Your dentist will review the findings of your hygienist and advise you on any threats to your oral or general health.