Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
Even if you are quite diligent about your daily brushing and flossing routine, your oral hygiene is improved and maintained by receiving a prophy twice a year from your local Maryville dentist at Cedar Street Family Dentistry. Also known as a professional dental cleaning, a prophy removes all tartar and plaque from your teeth.
Why is a professional dental cleaning important?
The American Dental Association recommends that every individual have a prophy done once every six months. If a patient has gum disease, which stems from an infection in the tissue of the gums, then a prophy may be recommended as often as once every three months—or four times a year.
A prophy is important because this procedure removes even mineralized deposits of plaque that cannot be removed through normal brushing and flossing. A prophy also can clean all surfaces of teeth—even those that you cannot reach with your toothbrush or floss alone.
Other benefits of undergoing a dental cleaning include:
- Aesthetics – Following a prophy, your smile will look better because a prophy helps to remove buildup responsible for collecting stains, from your teeth.
- Better breath – Plaque and tartar buildup eventually will lead to bad breath. A prophy removes all these particles from your teeth and gums, freshening your breath.
- Prevention – When it comes to your oral health, being proactive is key. That means diagnosing any potential problems as soon as possible. As part of a prophy, your Knoxville dentist also will conduct a thorough examination of the condition of your mouth. Regular cleanings make it easy to identify any changes in your oral health, and thus make prompt treatment of any problems. Early treatment saves you from having to undergo more intensive and costly procedures at a later date.
What can I expect during a prophy?
In addition to removing all tartar and plaque, a prophy can remove any accumulation of debris, bacteria, and other deposits from your teeth and gum line. Any stains or other areas of discoloration caused by plaque are also removed.
First, the teeth are cleaned above the gum line, removing all plaque or tartar. This is known clinically as a supragingival cleaning. Next, any plaque and tartar below the gum line are removed. This is referred to as a subgingival cleaning. This aspect of a prophy is crucial for patients with gum disease, who may have seen the development of pockets in the gum line if their gum disease has reached its advanced stage, which is known as periodontitis. Once these pockets form, they only can be cleaned through a professional treatment such as a prophy or repetitive therapy, which refers to a combination of scaling and root planing.
Learn more about repetitive therapy and how it helps in the fight against gum disease, a chronic disease that can affect your oral health and also jeopardize your overall health.
Many dental insurance plans cover at least one prophy every six months, per individual. Check the specifics of your dental plan to see what is covered. Your local Maryville dentist at Cedar Street Family Dentistry also accepts payment in a variety of options, including third-party financing plans with monthly installments that can fit into almost any household budget.
Prophy in Maryville
Schedule a prophy, or professional dental cleaning, today. Your mouth will thank you! Make an appointment today by calling the Maryville office of Cedar Street Family Dentistry at (865) 233-7640.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry is proud to serve the oral health needs of clients in the areas of Maryville, Alcoa, and Knoxville in East Tennessee.