Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.  Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile.  Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath.  The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your general dentist. It may be beneficial to have your regular cleanings done by Dr. Mize, who is more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers.  It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Mize can use to effectively halt its progression.

Meet our wonderful Registered Dental Hygienist – Evelyn!

Evelyn has worked at Sunset Periodontics since 2007! She started her career as a Dental Hygienist in 2001 at Mount Pleasant, SC. During those many years of service, she has dedicated herself to quality care and patient comfort.

She earned her Dental Hygiene Degree from Trident Technical College and is specialized in all periodontal hygiene services. Patients also have the option of receiving “laughing gas” to help calm those nerves if they are anxious. She treats all of her patients as best friends and often prays with them after the appointment has concluded. Many patients get nervous when it comes to the dental office, but Evelyn has a way of making her patients smile and feel comfortable.

Outside of work, she enjoys being engaged in photography with her husband, Kendell, who is currently going to school to become a pastor. Evelyn and Kendell have two boys who also make their time together very special.

Sunset Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

5 out of 5 stars based on 102 Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning) reviews.

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A great visit.

- Mary B

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Exceeded all my expectations ... Highly recommend! I actually enjoy my appointments!

- Deb S

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Professional, friendly and caring staff.

- Kathy W

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I would not consider using any other Periodontist for maintaining my dental needs.

- Glenn G

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Everyone is very caring and very professional

- Judy H

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Appointment started on time and staff is always courteous and professional. Thanks!

- Barney B

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Dr. Mize and staff continue to provide quality service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

- Jeff B

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I'm pleased with my dental care at your office.

- Mary R

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I believe you put an end to the headaches I've been having by adjusting my bite. Thanks to Patti and the front office staff for their professional care.

- Claudia B

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pleasant as always

- Robin F

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I have been coming here for a very long time and have never considered changing doctors. Always treated with respect and consideration.

- Molly M

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Everyone is always pleasant and friendly. Patti did a great job and I enjoyed seeing Julie and talking briefly with Carol. I spoke with both doctors which was nice. I have a great deal of confidence in this group!

- Mary Ann S

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Dr. Mize and Evelyn provide outstanding dental care. Thank you!

- Sandra G

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Excellent dental care.

- Nina K

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Very caring and gentle and yet gets the job done efficiently.

- Linda S

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Kind, friendly, professional. Great visit.

- V. Elizabeth S

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Good experience

- John C

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Very nice people that take good care of the patients

- Chris B

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Best folks on the planet. Period

- Paul H

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Excellent care

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