Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. Prevention of periodontal disease also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Ultimately, prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, radiant smile.