Full Mouth Cleaning (Prophylaxis)


The mouth is an area with a very particular environment that demands special care, such as regular teeth cleaning. Teeth cleaning removes the deposits of plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) that grow naturally in the mouth one hour after brushing. The excess of this film of bacteria increases the risk of having gum disease. As a preventive measure, a professional dental cleaning is recommended at least twice a year. In Mario Garita Dental Clinic, this professional cleaning is performed by a trained dental hygienist whose job is to teach the patient how to be thorough in the daily routine of brushing and flossing and to locate areas in the mouth that may require special attention.

People who practice proper oral hygiene habits at home with proper brushing and flossing techniques, usually do not experience pain or discomfort during a cleaning. However, those with sensitive gums may experience some discomfort during the procedure and may need a topical or local anesthetic.

For us in Mario Garita MP Dental Clinic is important to inform our patients of all the details and implications of the procedure were going to perform.

Wich dental cleaning do I need?

There are a variety of dental cleanings available but the one needed in every specific case must be determined by your dental hygienist after a complete dental evaluation:

Prophylaxis or regular cleaning

Is done twice a year and includes scaling and polishing procedures to remove coronal plaque, tartar and stains. Some patients may need more than one visit or one extended appointment to complete the procedure.

Gross debridement

It’s is a preliminary procedure performed to remove subgingival and/or supragingival plaque and tartar when its presence makes impossible to perform a complete oral evaluation. After removal, additional procedures may be necessary.

Scaling (deep cleaning) and root planning

This procedure is recommended for patients with periodontal disease and is more therapeutic than prophylactic. It involves scaling all plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth and root surfaces; and then root planing, cleans rough areas of the root surfaces avoiding plaque and tartar to deposit underneath the gum line and allowing gums to heal more easily.

Periodontal maintenance

It is recommended every 3-4 months for patients who have completed periodontal treatment, to keep periodontal disease under control. This procedure includes removal of the plaque from pocket areas, scaling and polishing of the teeth, and a review of the patient’s plaque control efficiency.

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