What is dental prophylaxis? Dental prophylaxis is called “prophy” by experts. It is the polishing process performed to control the bacteria in the teeth and to provide the shine of the teeth. The dental prophylaxis process consists of three main steps:
Dental prophylaxis for children
A child’s dental prophylaxis will be done as soon as a child is able to talk and chew normally. Once the child can talk and chew normally, the procedure should be carried out. For children who are less than 12 years of age, oral contraceptive pills may be used. In the event that oral contraceptive pills do not cause an expulsion of the bacteria in the mouth, a procedure called “braces and appliances” may be performed in the pediatric dental office.
Dental prophylaxis for adults
Adults with gum disease are considered to be at risk for developing gum disease. However, many people are not aware that their teeth may have bacteria in them. A dental prophylaxis procedure is then required. This procedure consists of a procedure where a plaque is pulled out of the teeth through an aspiration with a scalpel. If the dental prophylaxis does not work, then the dentist may have to perform an extraction of the gum tissue. This operation should be carried out only after the decay is under control.
What is the cost of a dental prophylaxis?
The cost depends on the procedure in question and the severity of the tooth decay. In the case of oral contraceptive pills, the cost is usually less than that for a complete surgery for root canal. If a dental prophylaxis is performed at a private dental practice, the price varies from dentist to dentist. Dental prophylaxis is performed only after the decay is under control. You will be offered the choice of taking one type of medication or the second type, known as a “continued maintenance” dose. If you are unable to afford the cost for a dental prophylaxis, the dental office should offer you other options. You may be referred to a medical professional.
You can also consult your oral care provider who is trained in oral hygiene.