Difference Between Prophylaxis and Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

Dental cleanings are essential to maintaining oral health and achieving a beautiful smile. Two distinct types of dental cleanings are used to keep your teeth healthy. These cleanings include prophylaxis maintenance cleanings and periodontal maintenance cleanings. Learn more about the two variations of dental cleanings in the guide below.

Prophylaxis Maintenance

Prophylaxis maintenance cleaning focuses on cleaning the surface of the teeth and the gumline as part of your regular dental care. Prophylactic cleanings or “prophies” act as a preventive measure to help avoid serious dental diseases, including gum disease, otherwise known as Gingivitis. They also help your teeth look and feel cleaner. 

During a prophylaxis cleaning, plaque and other materials are removed from the gum line and around the teeth to stop the progression of buildup. These types of cleanings should be performed generally every six months for the best result, although some individuals may require greater frequency.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is a type of dental cleaning that focuses on patients who have had previous treatment for more advanced gum and bone disease, such as Periodontitis. Periodontal maintenance involves much more than the enamel surfaces of the teeth and generally concentrates on the root surfaces of the teeth where the advanced disease lives. This can decrease the amount of bacterial buildup beneath your gum line. These cleanings are typically scheduled every 90 days to help prevent continual destruction of the gum and bone that hold our teeth in our jaw.

Dental Cleanings in Largo, FL

Dr. David Piper offers both general and cosmetic dentistry treatments, including dental veneers, bridges, crowns, root canals, and extractions. Schedule a consultation appointment in Largo, FL, with David W. Piper, DMD Family Dentistry by calling 727-548-7100.


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