A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Dental prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Dental prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.
The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Professional dental cleaning can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but dental prophylaxis is one of the tools Drs. Kim and Dixon can use to effectively halt its progression.
Northampton Implant and Family Dentistry
Patient Review from Frank P
GREAT experience Wonderful front end staff and Great Dr. Assistants, and hygienists!!
- Frank P
Patient Review from Heather S
Very professional and great cleaning done by hygenist.
- Heather S
Patient Review from Maureen M
Cleaning was very easy and no pain. Dr polished a tooth for me on the spot so I wouldn't need to come back.
- Maureen M
Patient Review from K L
- K L
Patient Review from John G
Very professional. Highly satisfactory.
- John G
Patient Review from Michael L
Very relaxing and professional
- Michael L
Patient Review from Donald B
The staff is accommodating. Was able to get in very next day with the doctor.
- Donald B
Patient Review from Jill K
Great cleaning! Happy with the overall visit.
- Jill K
Patient Review from Eva F
I am a grad student at UMASS and new to the area. I was referred to Dr Kim's practice from the student organization. My initial appointment was perfect. The hygienist took X-rays and gave me a great cleaning. Dr Kim came in and did a very thorough exam. The ladies at the front had my insurance information already in place when I
- Eva F
Patient Review from Robin F
First time meeting Erica the hygienist. I am very happy with the way my teeth feel. So Clean! Thanks so much
- Robin F
Patient Review from Marianne F
I have been with this practice for many years. The transition to Dr. Kim went smoothly. He keeps on top of potential problems and takes the time to keep his patients informed on procedures.
- Marianne F
Patient Review from D L
Quick and smooth visit, thanks!
- D L
Patient Review from Tom S
I have Been a patient here because of Barbara, an hygienist. I cant Recommend her enough: friendly, calm, super nice, and really good at her job. The office staff is very friendly and courteous, always a pleasure to work with. Very comfortable office space and convrnient.
- Tom S
Patient Review from Kathleen K
The staff was great!
- Kathleen K
Patient Review from Shirley G
- Shirley G
Excellent experience. Thank you!
Patient Review from Nathan B
First time I've enjoyed going to the dentist!
- Nathan B
Patient Review from JoAnn M
- JoAnn M
Patient Review from Zaza K
Erica was fantastic! The best cleaning experience I've had so far. Dr Kim rushed in and out - it felt like he was too busy to sit down and talk to me as a new patient. Tesandra was very polite and helpful with helping me with a booking for the next appointment. Helen was very warm and welcoming. The staff here are amazing. I'LL DEFINITELY COME BACK.
- Zaza K
Patient Review from Amanda Z
Helen and Barbara are great. Still getting used to Dr. Kim.
- Amanda Z