Dental Prophylaxis

Dentist prophylaxis

Prophylaxis at the dentist describes measures to prevent various diseases in the oral cavity before they even develop. Prophylaxis is therefore also referred to as prevention and is an important pillar of dental health.

  • Oral Microbiome

    The oral bacterial flora is very important for the condition of teeth and gums and should always be prioritized.

    Build oral flora
  • Dental Hygiene

    During dental hygiene, plaque and dental calculus (tartar) are carefully removed.

    Professional teeth cleaning

What is Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis at the dentist involves measures such as thorough cleaning of all teeth and optimizing the oral flora to prevent various diseases in the mouth. This approach is largely preventative, aiming to establish a stable oral condition.

These prophylactic treatments should be carried out regularly, with the frequency depending on the individual oral condition.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Professional teeth cleaning, also known as dental hygiene, involves a meticulous cleaning of all tooth surfaces at the dentist under ideal visibility. This process removes dental plaque, tartar, and tooth discoloration, leaving a clean tooth surface. Professional teeth cleaning should always be combined with measures to build a healthy oral flora.

Building up Oral Flora

Every individual harbors a variety of bacteria and fungi in the oral cavity. While most are necessary and beneficial, some can cause diseases such as cavities, gum inflammation, or periodontitis and should be minimized as much as possible.

An effective build-up of oral flora can be achieved with ozone and plasma medicine, thoroughly disinfecting the entire oral cavity and eliminating harmful microbes.

Additional Supportive Measures

Other supportive measures in prophylaxis include primarily adjusting the patient’s lifestyle:

  • Maintain proper oral hygiene at home.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Improve diet, particularly by reducing sweet foods.
  • Consider partner treatment to avoid further infection.

How Often is Dental Prophylaxis Necessary?

The frequency of dental prophylaxis depends on the individual health of teeth and gums. Patients with frequent and severe issues may need more prophylaxis appointments per year. Generally, the number of prophylaxis treatments per year ranges from 1 to 6, subject to thorough diagnostic assessments by the dentist and can be adjusted accordingly.

Dr. med. dent. Artur Hein

Proper prophylaxis can prevent cavities or periodontitis and should hold significant importance. Our team is ready to assist you.

Dr. med. dent. Artur Hein Dentist Winterthur

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