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What is a prophylaxis ?

Not all plaque can be combated by home oral hygiene alone. Bacteria found in deeper gum pockets or in hard-to-reach places should be removed once or twice a year with professional oral hygiene to keep the teeth and the periodontium, i.e. the gums and the bone surrounding the tooth, healthy. Bleeding gums when brushing teeth is the first sign that certain brushing deficiencies exist. If one ignores these, it comes from the gum inflammation (the so-called Gingivitis) to the more severe form, the Periodontitisin which the bone around the tooth is also attacked by the bacteria. The consequences are mobile teeth and even tooth loss. That is why professional oral hygiene in the dental office is also called prophylaxis, because it is a kind of prevention to preserve the periodontium.

Professional oral hygiene

This consists of 2 important parts

  • Home oral hygiene through brushing instruction:  This involves staining dental plaque and explaining to the patient how and with what aids it can be removed at home.

This is followed by the

  • Professional oral hygiene: So-called ultrasonic devices are used to remove coarse discolorations and tartar. For superficial smoke, coffee and tea discolorations, a powder jet device (Airflow) is the method of choice. This works like a high-pressure cleaning device. For plaque between the teeth or in deeper gum regions, there is ultrasound and so-called scalers. These are hand instruments that remove hard plaque from the tooth. After that, the tooth surfaces are polished smooth and fluoridated, which in turn leaves a kind of protective film.

Both home and professional oral hygiene are part of prophylaxis to ensure that the periodontium remains healthy in the long term.

Oral hygiene children and adolescents

Of course, it is important to pay attention to the proper care of the teeth of even the youngest children. This starts with the baby's first teeth and continues into the teenage years.

From the age of 10, the so-called children's oral hygiene is even supported by the insurance companies. Once a year, or twice a year for teenagers with braces, you can request a co-payment; with SVS and KFA, we directly bill for the service.

For more info see also Oral hygiene children and adolescents.

For further questions call or use the possibility of a Appointment in the ordination online to book. Our team is waiting for you with pleasure for a consultation!

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