Prophylaxis is a thorough, professional cleaning of the teeth. It is recommended every six months to prevent the onset of gingivitis (inflamed gums) and periodontal disease (loss of the bone surrounding the teeth due to chronic inflammation).
Treating Dental Prophylaxis
If you have periodontal disease (loss of bone) or have ever been told by a provider that you require a “deep cleaning” you may be not be a good candidate for simple 6-month cleanings. You may require a deeper clean at more frequent intervals known as Scaling and Root Planing.