Meramec Family Dentistry

Meramec Family Dentistry


A dental prophylaxis is the technical name for the deep cleaning a dental hygienist performs to clean the teeth and gums. This treatment is crucial for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis effectively keeps the oral cavity healthy and stops gum disease from progressing. The benefits of professional teeth cleanings include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (or calculus) and plaque can build up above and below the gum line causing serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with good oral hygiene including proper brushing and flossing at home, it can be impossible to remove all of the bacteria and food particles from the pockets in the gums. Your dentist and hygienist have the experience and tools necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier-looking smile. Having stained or yellowed teeth dramatically decreases your smile’s aesthetic appeal. Prophylaxis effectively rids the teeth of unsightly surface stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is often a sign of advancing periodontal disease. Rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene from a gum infection can combine to cause bad breath.
    Regular dental cleanings involve the removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria. This can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce gum infections.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our Arnold office. We recommend that professional cleanings be performed twice per year as a preventative treatment. This is important for preventing cavities and tooth decay and protecting your oral health. Patients who suffer from periodontitis should have their teeth cleaned every 3-4 months. 

Please note that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is an effective tool in halting its progression.

Contact Dr. Mandefro and Meramec Family Dentistry today to schedule your teeth cleaning in Arnold, MO.

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