Teeth Cleaning

Dental Prophylaxis

A woman having her teeth cleanedA dental prophylaxis is a preventive cleaning treatment performed to remove plaque and tarter around the gumline and between the teeth.Dental prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Professional dental cleaning can be performed at our office.The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that everyone receive professional dental cleanings twice a but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. A professional cleaning can prevent cavities since plaque buildup (the leading cause of tooth decay) is removed. A cleaning will also address tartar and stains on your enamel that can make your smile look dull and yellow.  It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but dental prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Steele can use to effectively halt its progression.

Are you ready to learn more about maintaining a healthy, gorgeous smile? The easiest way to achieve this goal is to schedule a cleaning on a regular basis.


How much does a teeth cleaning cost?

How much a teeth cleaning costs depends on your particular dental situation and the extent of the plaque, calculus and tartar that needs to be removed. At Steele Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of payment options  so that you can afford and plan for the type of cleaning that best serves your needs.

Do I Need a Deep Cleaning?

At home, have you been experiencing some of the beginning stages of gum disease? These signs include chronic bad breath; or gums that are swollen and tender, appear red, or bleed easily when brushing. Has it been a while since you visited the dentist? If your answer is yes, there’s a good chance you need a dental cleaning. But if you have symptoms of gum disease or periodontal disease, a standard cleaning may not be enough.

After arriving at our office, we can check the depth of your gum pockets. If the gum pockets are greater than three millimeters, we may suggest a scaling and root planing treatment. This helps reduce the size of the pockets so future plaque cannot collect in this area.