Long Island General & Preventative Dentistry Services

At Dental Symmetry, our dentists are experienced professionals who will always work with their patients to provide the best course of treatment for all their dental needs. 

Teeth Cleaning (Proxphylaxis)

Dental plaque and other irritants build on your teeth to form dental tartar, which contributes to most dental problems. Unfortunately, some of these deposits can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing.

A dental prophylaxis, or “prophy”, is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth.

What to expect at your cleaning:

  1. Ultrasonic scaling: The ultrasonic scaler is an instrument that produces ultrasound waves to blast stubborn dental tartar off of teeth. Ultrasound is sound above the limit of human hearing, so you won’t hear it, but your teeth will feel cleaner.
  2. Manual scaling: After ultrasonic scaling, your hygienist will use a dental scaler to manually remove, or scale, the remaining plaque.
  3. Polishing: The primary goal of polishing is selective stain removal. Secondary benefits of polishing include plaque biofilm removal and a smooth surface that helps keep plaque biofilm and stains away.

This simple procedure is a major part of an oral health care regimen needed to prevent cavities, gum disease and tooth loss brought on by dental disease. A teeth cleaning can prevent the need for a costly dental treatment, such as a tooth filling or gum disease treatment. And you only need to do it twice a year.