A cleaning, or prophylaxis, is the cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist in order to remove plaque, calculus(tartar), and stains. This is a preventive procedure to help prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Periodontal therapy is an extensive cleaning for those patients who suffer from periodontal disease. It is also referred to as scaling and root planing. Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that can cause destruction of the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. It can commonly lead to tooth loss and is linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke. It is preventable and is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene even though there are some genetic components involved.
Contact our Dickey Family Dentistry in Allen, Texas today to schedule your appointment or with your dental questions at 972.747.777.