The dental profession refers to the dental cleaning appointment as a “dental prophylaxis,” or “prophy.” Its most significant functions are prevention of dental disease and patient education. It is likely the most important and valuable visit a patient may ever make to the dentist.

The routine dental cleaning is anything but routine, and should include:
  • Personal oral hygiene evaluation, home care review and recommendations.
  • Tooth brushing and flossing instructions.
  • Supra gingival (above the gum) scaling to remove plaque and tartar from all visible tooth surfaces.
  • Debridement of tartar beneath the gum, as conditions warrant.
  • Topical fluoride treatment to the age of 13.
  • Polishing the teeth.
  • Nutrition assessment, if needed.
  • Periodontal charting and scheduling of additional periodontal care as indicated.