Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
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 remove 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 bacteria stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our office can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. 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. Smart can use to effectively halt its progression.
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Patient Review by Maggie H
I just have to say: this is the best dental office I have been to in Abilene. From the dentist and hygienist, to the dental assistants and receptionist everyone at this practice is incredibly sweet and helpful. After leaving another dental office that left me with not so great dental results, Dr. Smart has been doing everything to get my smile to a healthier place. The ladies here do their work efficiently, are easy to schedule with, and the prices for services are very reasonable. If you’re looking for a new dentist Dr. Smart is your girl, you won’t leave disappointed. Highly recommend.
- Maggie H
Patient Review by Cynthia R
Dr. Smart and her Staff are AWESOME, Professionals who goes above and beyond to take care of their patients!! Thank you
- Cynthia R
Patient Review by Donna B
I have had regular visits with Smart Family for quite a few years. But today was special since I dont need any additional work. Dr Smart has placed quite a few crowns for replacements that were aged and a few new ones. The visit before today, one of the crowns was not satisfactory, so she replaced it with a new one at no charge. I am so blessed to have found Smart Family dentistry. Today proves what a great dentist she is, by the fact that I need no additional work after today's cleaning. Thanks to Lori for the cleaning, my teeth feel absolutely fabulous. Everyone is so friendly. I tell all my family and friends to visit you. : )
- Donna B
Patient Review by Samantha L
The entire experience was smooth, quick, and pleasant! I've had anxiety in the past with other offices but none here!! Thank you so much to Kelby and Dr. Smart for a fun, educational, and spunky appointment! You will be seeing me soon--with now, a much brighter smile! Thanks!!!
- Samantha L
Patient Review by Nicholas S
Y'all are amazing!
- Nicholas S
Patient Review by Renee A
I've been coming here for 10 years. These ladies do a wonderful job and make my kiddos feel right at ease. Love these ladies!
- Renee A
Patient Review by Bryan S
Basically, the best dental office in the region. Service, friendliness and professionalism are a priority at this office!
- Bryan S
Patient Review by Linnea B
Dr Smart is very knowledgable, experienced, and friendly, as well as all staff. I have been using Dr Smart for years, and never a bad day in the office.
- Linnea B
Patient Review by Rebecca B
I've been coming for 9 years & i have always been satisfied with everything that I need!
- Rebecca B