Prophylaxis means professional tooth cleaning. This treatment is targeted at preventing disease.
Dr. Giglio uses a prophylaxis to remove mineralized plaque and tarter that may build up even when brushing and flossing is practiced regularly. Prophylaxis treatment includes removing plaque, tooth scaling, and tooth polishing. The gums are also examined for periodontal problems. An instrument called a periodontal probe is used to gently detect pockets between your gums and teeth.
Dental Cavities, Plaque Build-Up & Gum Disease Prevention
To prevent cavities, plaque build-up and gum disease, practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular professional teeth cleanings with your dentist.
Periodontium is the specialized tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth, otherwise known as gums.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis are gum diseases. Symptoms of gum disease are swelling, redness, abscesses, mouth pain, persistent bad breath and bleeding.
Untreated gum disease can lead to greater problems like gums receding or pulling away from teeth, infection, teeth loosening and eventually loss of teeth.
Periodontal Therapy is a deep cleaning procedure done under local anesthetic that involves scaling under the gums and root planing (smoothing) the root surfaces to promote healing and re-attachment of the gum tissue.
Medications placed in the periodontal pocket can be used as an adjunct to scaling and root planing procedures for reduction of periodontal pocket depth.
Fluoride is very important in sustaining healthy teeth. Fluoride assists in preventing tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid that comes from plaque bacteria and sugars.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods and water and is added to the tooth enamel layer by way of foods and water we daily consume. Minerals are lost from the tooth enamel layer when acids formed from plaque bacteria and sugars attack the enamel.
Dental Fluoride Treatment
Dr. Giglio’s fluoride treatment delivers fluoride topically to the teeth and prevents tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.