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.

Oral Hygiene Overview

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Prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your general dentist. It may be beneficial to have your regular cleanings done by . Drs. Albert Konikoff and Bryan Konikoff 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 Drs. Albert Konikoff and Bryan Konikoff  can use to effectively halt its progression.

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My Dental Hygienist is Jean. i particularly commend her because she noticed on my annual x-rays a cracked tooth which I subsequently had extracted.

- Peter W

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Great visit. Started right on time. Very professional service from the entire staff, especially my Joy, my hygienist.

- Tommy J

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Everyone was so great

- Curley E

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Great service, will continue to come back!

- Ronald J

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I love Chelsea!

- Desiree U

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Excellent service

- Junius W

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Al ways great

- Carolyn W

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I have been grateful for the kindness and professionalism of the staff and the skill of the hygienist who has treated me over several decades as the group has evolved and relocated.

- Martha T

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Always a pleasure every time I come in. Dr Albert K is very pleasant and always enjoy speaking to him. Will be back to have additional procedures done.

- Harold I

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Always great

- Robert E

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Great hygentist

- Carl S S

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Can not complain on anything.

- Emmy Lou K

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Very gentle and through

- Susan B

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I have been going here for years. Everyone is always friendly and eager to make sure you are comfortable and cautious to keep the process as pain free as possible.

- Elizabeth H

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Patricia was terrific. She explained things very clearly. She shared a lot of information to help me continue to care for my teeth long term. She took care not to cause discomfort.

- Patricia D

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JOY and Dr Bryan were absolutely the very BEST I have met in my life. Sorry that I didn’t contact them earlier in my life of periodontal needs. I will and have told everyone I know that they are the BEST.

- Patricia R

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pleasant staff and thorough.

- John D

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Very friendly service, and clear explanations.

- Alron B

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I have really donot like going to see tthe dentist, not because of the dentist, but because of what I did not do to take care of my dental health. Thank you for being so kind.

- Sam E

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Always very professional and courteous

- Vicki W

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