Dental Prophylaxis; in photo - Dr. Andrei Iamandoiu

Dental Prophylaxis

It is easier preventing than treating!

Although we all know this very well, a few do it consistently. Individual prevention by performing common oral hygiene at home is crucial for the oral health of each individual and also the most cheap and convenient method. I found out from experience that unfortunately very few patients are constant and rigorous in this respect, either neglecting or applying an improper teeth brushing technique. This causes inherent appearance of bacterial plaque* and consecutive, dental calculus (scale, stone) with all afferent problems: carious lesions and un-aesthetic tooth coloration, tooth pain, gingival bleeding, etc.

An important role is played by the periodical check-up sessions made every 6 months, during which the dentist can find the need to perform professional dental hygiene or can detect early dental lesions, which, if caught in time, can benefit of biological minimally invasive treatments.

*Bacterial plaque is a soft white-yellowish deposit formed on the teeth surfaces from food and bacteria, which is normally removed by the daily dental brushing. Un’removed , on one hand, it leads to the acid attack of the enamel tooth surfaces with carious process installation, and on the other hand, it will turn into a brown hard substance, known as dental tartar (dental stone), which can be located above the gum (visible), and also below the gum (more dangerous).

Dental calculus represents a threat for both, gums and the structures supporting the tooth, causing initially gingival inflammation (gingivitis), noticed by patients due to swelling, colour alteration (red-violet), gum bleeding, and not at least the pain or even abscesses (puss) at this level. The amount and rate of calculus formation varies from each individual to another according to the concentration in minerals of the saliva, age, medication associated with other conditions, etc.

The professional hygiene includes:

  • above- and below gum scaling (ultrasonic and manually)
  • cleaning of the dental surfaces by ‘blasting’ with an water-air and sodium bicarbonate jet (Air-Flow / Prophy-Jet)
  • professional brushing ( final polishing of the dental surfaces)

Withal you will receive nutritional counselling referred to the dental disease control, individual instruction for proper use of tooth paste and brush, and also for performing / improving of the daily brushing technique. According to your condition(periodontal disease, implant-prosthetics treatment, orthodontic treatment), you will be trained how to use additional hygiene methods: interdentally brushes, dental floss, special mouthwash (fluoride, chlorhexidine, etc).

For  high carious activity, after dental hygiene, the doctor can recommended the use of periodical topic fluoridation.