Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your general dentist. It may be beneficial to have 2 regular cleanings done by Dr. Trail, who is more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed by alternating every 3-4 months with your general dentist for periodontal patients. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Trail can use to effectively halt its progression.

Dr. Leo V. Trail, Jr. DDS, M.S.

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Well-pleased with my visit. I had a thorough cleaning. Also got advice on how to reach the spots I've been missing. The staff is always very courteous.

- Patsy S

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The doctor and staff are very professional and friendly. I would definitely recommend Dr. Trail to anyone needing periodontal services.

- Lawrence H

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I have been coming to Dr. Trail for my ongoing periodontal care for over 20 years. Along the way, Dr. Trail has helped me with an implant and crown lengthening. Not only is Dr. Trail excellent with his dentistry, he is also very gentle and compassionate. I highly recommend him!

- Kelly J

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I have been seeing Dr. Trail for 18 plus years, and he is amazing. He is so comforting and explains everything very well. His staff is top notch, especially Amy 🙂

- Diann B

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Very satisfied with Dr.Trail & staff

- LaNella T

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I love coming just as much as I love leaving its still a dental office...

- jan s

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I have been coming to Dr Trail for over 20 years. He performed a skin graft on my lower gum. I was very nervous as a previous graft done by a different doctor had been extremely painful and difficult to heal at the harvest site. Dr. Trail had developed a better method for harvesting tissue. What a difference! I'm a "lifer" with Dr Trail!

- Suzanne H

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Best periodontal care and personal commitment to patient outcomes

- Suman A

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Terrific!

- Ann M

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I have been with the practice for over 20 years and I cannot imagine anywhere I would have been treated better or more kindly or pleasantly. It had made going to the dentist an experience I look forward to rather than dread.

- Harriet H

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Dr. Trail and his staff have halted the progression of my gum recession for 20 years. Without this practice I most likely would have lost teeth over the years. Add to this the friendliness of everyone in the office, especially Debbie, who does my cleaning. It makes coming to the dentist something to enjoy rather than dread.

- Harriet H

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Have been coming to Dr. trail for many years, Have the greatest confidence in him. .

- Melvin M

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A 5 Star Operation from the front desk to Dr. Trail and everyone in between.

- Hal L

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Emergency response and care is outstanding.

- William H

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very pleasant stmosphere, enjoy my visit

- Joan P

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I used to dread dental appointments until I started going to Dr Trail. No anxiety whatsoever now. Actually, I enjoy my visits.

- Sandy C

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After dealing with a dreaded fear of the dentist for over 50 years, I am finally at ease. Thanks to Dr. Trail and his staff.

- Mildred H

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Everyone in the office is professional+ friendly. They all really care. Thanks to you all.

- Tim C

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Outstanding, most best ever!

- Mary Helen F

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