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Dental prophylaxis

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Dental prophylaxis

Only with a consistent prophylaxis can you prevent damages, save treatment costs and avoid toothache.

Dental plaque and calculus are the number one reason for teeth and periodontal apparatus diseases (gingivitis and parodontitis). Plaque is composed of food particles, dried saliva, bacteria and cell rests which develop a permanent film on the tooth surface within a few hours. This firm invisible film provides a nutrient medium for bacteria. As a result, cavities (tooth decay) and periodontal diseases may occur. If the plaque hardens, due to the mineral compounds of the saliva, calculus may develop within a few days.

During a prophylaxis treatment, the plaque can be tinted so that is is made visible for the patient.

Prophylaxis prevent damages

The plaque index (API) and the bleeding index (SBI) of the gums (inflammation parameter!) provide information about the current health status of your gums. By carrying out a saliva test, the individual decay risk can be detected. Tooth decay easily occurs on a surface which is difficult to clean, e.g. in between the teeth, above and below the gum line, and in the fissures and pits on the chewing surfaces.Cavity and gum disease can be avoided by practicing dental prophylaxis treatments at your dentist, in combination with consequent  oral hygiene at home and a balanced diet. This means that your contribution is required.

The individual dental prophylaxis may include a saliva test, detecting the personal oral hygiene status, instructing the patient on proper oral hygiene techniques including the use of manual and electric brushes, professional cleaning, Air-Flow®, fluoridation, sealing and nutritional advice.