While it’s important to brush and floss your teeth, there are some forms of plaque and tartar that you simply can’t reach without professional dental tools. Regular prophylaxis (professional dental cleaning) is essential if you want to keep your mouth healthy.

It prevents the progression of both gingivitis and periodontitis.

The Benefits of Prophylaxis

Plaque Removal

Periodontal issues can be traced back to tartar (also known as calculus) and plaque buildup. These buildups form both above and below the gumline, irritating gums and eventually causing gum recession.

Prophylaxis allows us to address these buildups, including in gum pockets and other areas where brushing and flossing can’t reach.

Lady smiling as she holds floss

Do you want comfortable, cost-effective care? Please don’t hesitate to request an appointment. We’re here for you!


A Healthier Looking Smile

Along with damaging your oral health, plaque and tartar can also cause your smile to look duller.

Cleaning helps to get rid of some staining. That said, if you really want to brighten your smile, we recommend combining prophylaxis with teeth whitening.

Fresher Breath

The two most common causes of bad breath (halitosis) are:

  • Rotting food, which is sometimes located below the gumline
  • Gangrene, i.e., gum tissue that died as a result of infection

During prophylaxis, we’ll remove the rotting food and help prevent infection.

How Often Do You Need to Get Your Teeth Cleaned Professionally?

We offer this procedure at our office. We recommend getting professional cleanings at least twice a year to prevent gum disease, but patients suffering with periodontitis will need to get it three or four times a year.

Please note: prophylaxis can help prevent the spread of gum disease, but it cannot be cured. If you would like to book an appointment for prophylaxis, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

“I’m very glad I discovered Dr. Ferber. I came to him because I had a multitude of dental problems. The teeth were just a disaster, and I was totally embarrassed to smile. I kept replacing teeth and going in for crowns and root canals. Finally, I decided I wanted to go for a full-mouth implant.  I wish I had done this many years ago. The results are just exemplary. If you’re suffering like I was for many, many years, do not hesitate.”

- Ray

“People ask me all the time where I got my new smile done and I tell them Dr. Ferber. Before I got the work done, I didn’t feel very confident. I didn’t want anyone to see me smile. And now, I love to smile, and I get so many compliments on my smile. It was an easy, painless experience. The staff was great, and the price was right.”


“Dr. Ferber really knows his stuff. Since I had my teeth really done over, I have my smile back. And I have my giggle back! I would say that anybody questioning what they should do, they should come here. The whole team treats you like you’re family. They’re warm and they care.”

- Bonnie

“Your staff is very professional and friendly, as always. Who looks forward to going to the dentist?!?! Not many. But your office makes it seem less of a disagreeable task. Don’t misunderstand, I still don’t like going. But if I have to, I’m glad I go to your practice!”

- Randy O