Prophy-what? It’s easy to get intimidated by such an unusual terminology as “dental or oral prophylaxis,” but it really just means dental cleaning, which is a very common dental procedure.
The question now, though, is this: Why is prophylaxis important, when a lot of people practice sound oral hygiene anyway—shouldn’t a frequent personal oral hygiene routine be enough to get rid of food sediments and prevent buildup that leads to cavities, as well as other issues?
First of all, oral prophylaxis is simply a better system because it includes the evaluation of your dental practices, which is performed by a true professional—someone who has in-depth knowledge of the activities within your mouth that you’re not aware of. True, there’s a bounty of information out there, and while it’s easy to get information on how to meet the goal of learning ways to enhance dental practices for improved oral health, it’s when you get prophylaxis at the dental office that you actually learn which information is applicable to you or appropriate for you to use.
Secondly, prophylaxis includes better cleaning techniques such as scaling, debridement of tartar below the gums, and polishing. You simply cannot go about these without the right dental equipment and techniques—and for sure, you don’t have them at home. Once prophylaxis is performed properly, you can be sure that your mouth is really at its cleanest state.
Thirdly, prophylaxis is necessary for people who are prone to plaque build-up due to their diet. It’s the most reliable treatment in preventing cavity formation, gum diseases or painful periodontal inflammation.
Fourthly, dental prophylaxis can provide you confidence and peace of mind. As a preventive procedure against bad breath, you gain the confidence that you leave a good impression of yourself on the people you communicate with face to face.
And lastly, when prophylaxis is performed regularly, teeth become stronger and therefore less prone to wear that results in the morphing of the teeth. Strong teeth are always an advantage, and even more so as you get older and have difficulty fully digesting your food. If you have strong teeth, you’ll be able to chew your food much better; therefore, digesting that will be no problem.
Overall, prophylaxis is the better system—it’s more thorough and it’s performed according to your actual requirements. As such, it’s best to have it carried out at least twice a year to ensure the best health of your gums and teeth.