What is a Prophy?
by: Dental Assistant Team
Prophy is the abbreviation we use for prophylaxis. Prophylaxis means the prevention or protective treatment of disease.
Prophy is the preventive steps we take to assure the good health of our teeth. A good example of prophy is the professional dental cleaning your hygienist performs for you on a regular basis.
The ADA recommends a 3 months routine prevention, so it might surprise you to hear that most people still only get their teeth cleaned only twice a year.
What you need to know about a prophy
It is a preventative service... and it is for those with no gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis. It is a polish of your teeth and all preventative, not therapeutic, service to remove plaque and build up.
Even with good home care habits build up stay in your mouth and need to be removed professionally. Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis will allow your hygienist to keep your cleaning preventative and avoid unnecessary invasive treatment.
The hygienist will remove plaque using scalers, sometimes a cavitron to remove deposit that might be harder to scale by hand. Your hygienist will finish by polishing your teeth with a hand piece using a small rubber tip, personally my favorite part of the cleaning!
A good professional teeth cleaning will leave you with a soft, clean feeling throughout the mouth... and a little tickle.
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Aug. 26 2013
Type: Preventative Dental Treatments
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County