Dental Prophylaxis (Cleaning)
Dental health for kids should be thetop priority of every parent. A regular cleaning in the office and reinforcing oral hygiene habits at home, helps your child have a beautiful, healthy smile. Prophylaxis is a great way to make sure that food deposits and plaque buildup on your child’s teeth are removed efficiently.
A Dental prophylaxis is basically a professional teeth brushing procedure performed using an electric prophy brush and a special gritty toothpaste-like material. In case of older children an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove the calculus. This prophylactic teeth cleaning should be done twice a year as a preventative measure.
In children with rampant caries, prophylaxis is recommended 3 to 4 times a year. Buildup of tartar and plaque, stains and bad breath are the other signs that your child needs a professional teeth cleaning.
Ideal candidates for prophylactic teeth cleaning are those children with microbial plaque, calculus and extrinsic stains. It is also ideal for younger children who are still learning how to brush.
The Risks Involved
Dental Prophylaxis is preventative treatment and a wonderful way for children to get accustomed to the dental equipment and the noises. It is part of oral hygiene and involves removal of dental plaque and instructing the child on correct oral hygiene techniques. Hence, it is absolutely risk-free.
Besides ensuring a healthy mouth a Prophylaxis session takes care of your child’s teeth by providing oral hygiene instructions and dental hygiene training and motivation.
Prophylaxis is an excellent procedure to help keep your child’s oral cavity in good health.