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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If Dr. Mize continues the same level of care and treatment as Dr. Newton, he will do well

- Wallace W

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Very pleasant experience. I believe the cleaning was thorough and the advice on tooth and gum care was really appreciated.

- Bev K

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