What is Dental Prophylaxis?
Individual dental prophylaxis includes all preventative measures that are intended to inhibit the development or worsening of disease of the teeth, periodontium, or mouth.
This individual prophylaxis is the most important aspect of our practice. On the one hand, it helps to keep your teeth healthy and, on the other, helps you to ensure that the results of a successful treatment remain for as long as possible.
Healthy, well-cared-for teeth are not only important for your appearance and self esteem, but also for your overall health, as the correlation between oral health and the health of the entire body scientifically proves. New studies show that diseases in the mouth can cause further or worsen preexisting diseases in other organs.
Our prophylaxis is designed specifically for you according to age, medical condition, dental health and individual requirements.
When to begin Dental Prophylaxis?
Even expecting mothers should schedule a consultation in our practice to acquaint themselves with dental prophylaxis, which they should bear in mind both for themselves during pregnancy and later for the infant.
Healthy and well-cared-for teeth in the mother are an absolute necessity in preventing tooth decay in the infant.
When do I go to the dentist with my child for the first time?
A child should first be brought to the dentist when the first tooth is completely visible. This serves to familiarize the child with the dentist and to establish visits as routine. Until the sixth birthday, the dentist regularly examines a child and parents are given advice regarding household prophylaxis.
From the sixth to the eighteenth birthday, individual prophylaxis takes place biannually. During these visits, cleaning behavior is checked and the technique learned and practice. Following this, there is a nutrition consultation with the parents and children, as well as a fluoridation and sealing of the teeth.
Why should I have my teeth cleaned by a dentist?
Cleaning the teeth with individualized hygiene instruction is an essential part of dental prophylaxis. A dentist or a specially trained assistant conducts a mechanical cleaning that goes far beyond what can be achieved with an everyday tooth cleaning. This is extremely important as otherwise, plaque, tartar and concretion build up in inaccessible spots on the tooth both above and below the gums and thereby introducing the possibility for disease. A professional tooth cleaning or a so called Recall combined with individualized dental hygiene advice regarding your personal tooth care at home can effectively guard against this progression and lengthen the life expectancy of your teeth.
How is a tooth cleaning conducted?
A professional tooth cleaning and a so called Recall go beyond mere tartar removal. First, your mouth, gums and teeth are thoroughly examined in order to ascertain the state of your particular oral hygiene. Then the actual cleaning begins, in which the soft and hard tartar is removed, with the aid of specialized instruments, from the surfaces and interstices of the teeth as well as from under the gums. Following this, stains from tea, coffee, or tobacco are eliminated. With this complete, the teeth are polished, which both makes them shinier (in turn impeding the accumulation of new plaque) and makes subsequent self-cleaning more simple and effective. Finally, the tooth surfaces should be treated with a special coating that effectively protects them from fresh acid attacks of bacteria. Last but not least, you get tips from us on correct tooth care at home.
What can I personally do to best protect my teeth?
The basis for healthy teeth and gums is the daily care that you perform. Teeth should be brushed at least two times a day and the spaces between them cleaned several times a week with floss and/or a toothbrush. A balanced and healthy diet, as well as regular checkups with your dentist should go without saying. We will gladly and competently advise you on all questions.