The term prophylaxis refers to medical measures taken in order to prevent disease
or health problems. In the dental field, professional cleanings prevent plaque build
up, gum disease, and decay. It is very important to stick to the recommended 6 month
cleaning schedule in order to keep your smile healthy. No matter how many times
a day you brush at home, you cannot remove all of the plaque and bacteria that sticks
to the teeth. The dental hygienists use special scaling instruments to thoroughly
remove this plaque and bacteria.