Professional Dental Cleaning with Prophy-Jet
Healthy gums are the first step to maintaining your beautiful smile — that’s why it’s important to practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings every 6 months, especially when early signs of gum disease begin to appear. Our state-of-the-art dental cleaning tool, Prophy-Jet, is a high-tech alternative to traditional methods of polishing and cleaning teeth and provides a superior professional dental cleaning.
Periodontal (gum) disease can come in a variety of forms, and if left untreated can even lead to serious complications like heart attacks, strokes, lung diseases, and even premature childbirth. Fortunately, diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases in their early stages (like gingivitis) is a relatively simple and painless procedure that could save your smile — and your life!
Diagnosis of Gum Disease
Early signs of gum disease can almost always be spotted on your own, but it’s important to consult a professional dentist when you see problems with your tooth roots and gums. During your routine check-up at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, your dentists will screen for gingivitis and caries (cavities) to prevent them from further complicating your overall health. The sooner treatment is administered, the better your chances of undoing the damage from gingivitis and preventing its spread and progression to periodontitis become.
6 Signs of Gum Disease:
- Soft, puffy, or swollen gums
- Gums receding from tooth roots
- Tender, sensitive feelings in gums
- Gum bleeding when brushing or flossing (check for pinkness on your brush)
- Darkening of gums from pink to red
- Halitosis (bad breath)
Dental Cleanings with Prophy-Jet
Instead of abrasive cleaning agents, Prophy-jet uses pressurized water with a softer baking soda paste.
Prophy-Jet’s unique paste and pressure simultaneously polish the teeth while also removing food, beverage, and smoking stains and neutralizing acid on the teeth’s surface.
Advantages of Dental Cleanings with Prophy-Jet
Say goodbye to those annoying sounds and rattling cleaning tools of the past and let our qualified staff of Midtown dentists and oral hygienists clean your teeth and gums with our state-of-the-art Prophy-Jet cleaning tool.
As a patient, you will enjoy a quieter stay during your routine dental hygiene or diagnostic appointment with a cleaning using the Prophy-Jet. Unlike traditional cleaners, Prophy-jet does not vibrate or create much more noise than a low hum of the water being pumped through its valves.
Many dentists agree that Prophy-Jet is much more effective and has a higher patient-satisfaction rating. Since there are no longer rotating rubber cups containing abrasive pastes, the Prophy-Jet feels smoother and less invasive, too, while still removing stains, debris, and dental plaque from the teeth through a combination of baking soda (which acts as a pumice) and water.
Furthermore, Prophy-Jet provides the expected post-cleaning freshness and vibrancy to your smile without having to suffer the bitter aftertastes of other cleaners’ pastes.
Other Uses for Dental Cleaning
Dentists also recommend Prophy-Jet cleaning and polishing before dental bonding or affixing braces to your teeth. The removal of excess plaque and debris will give them the cleanest surface, significantly lowering the chances of irritants getting trapped under the composite resin and brackets.
Our hygienists often recommend its use before teeth whitening as well to remove surface stains so they can better color match to your teeth’s natural shade. This advanced level of cleaning also greatly increase the effects of whitening, yielding a brighter smile for you!
Furthermore, build-up under your dental appliances can cause hard-to-reach stains. With the near-infinite reach of Prophy-Jet’s water spray, hygienists can remove deposits from under dentures, mouthguards, and near brackets without harming the hardware. While home care is an important part of braces’ and dentures’ maintenance, our dentists can use Prophy-Jet for a more comprehensive, thorough cleaning during your next appointment.
Remember: It’s important to make regular dental visits for cleaning every six months!
Dental cleanings are essential to your oral hygiene routine in order to maintain excellent dental health. Call Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry at (212) 581-1091 or visit our consultation request page to schedule your next appointment, and make sure to request a full dental cleaning with Prophy-Jet to help prevent the spread of gum diseases!