Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A woman having her teeth cleaned

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. Bernstein, Dr. Hanratty, Dr. Wise, Dr. Sterio, Dr. Sabra, and Dr. Lock, who are 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 Drs. Bernstein, Hanratty, Wise, Sterio, Sabra, and Lock can use to effectively halt its progression.

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I've been visiting the Swampscott office but the Reading location is much more convenient for me. My first visit to Perico in Reading was great! Easy to find. Everyone was very personable, and professional and Dr. Hanratty is the BEST! (I'm sure all of the doctors are great but Dr. Hanratty is the doctor for me).

- Lou M

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I have been seeing Perico for treatment and checkups for many years. I first came because of their exceptional reputation. I have since learned that they far surpass that reputation in every respect.

- Mark P

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My appointment was for a cleaning. Joanie is always thorough and excellent.. Dr Hanratty as well. It is a Great practice if you have to go to the dentist. 🙂 I have been going to Perico for over twenty years. They are the BEST!!

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I was very nervous about my appointment. I was having a procedure done that I never had done before and I freak out over needles. Amy was wonderful with me and even better at giving needles. I would highly recommend your office.

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