The trend in dental care has evolved to include many strategies for retaining our teeth throughout our lives. Dentists can place crowns, fillings, implants, and bone grafts, in many cases. All of these efforts will be lost if we do not retain our periodontal health.
In other words, the bone that holds each tooth in our mouth must stay healthy in order for us too retain our teeth. The most important strategy for keeping our teeth includes regular dental hygiene care appointments, or dental cleanings. This includes a variety of procedures that the RDHAP can provide, including: prophylaxis. root planing, and periodontal maintenance.
Prophylaxis: Commonly called a "cleaning" or "prophy", this procedure is preventive dental hygiene care. The goal of the prophylaxis is to help the patient prevent periodontal disease from taking hold in their mouth. The RDHAP removes calculus (tartar), plaque, and stain from above and even below the gumlines. These appointments should include:
Elena Francisco, RDHAP, MS has been practicing dental hygiene for over 40 years and has been an RDHAP since 2005.