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Dental Prophylaxis Specialist

Cow Hollow Dental Center

General Dentists located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA

Your car, your home, and your body all benefit from regular maintenance. Your mouth is another area where maintenance makes a big difference. Dental prophylaxis is care for your mouth that’s designed to keep it in top shape. To protect your oral health and avoid dental issues, R. William Smith, DDS, Kimiko Donnelly, DDS, and their team at Cow Hollow Dental Center offer top-tier prophylaxis services. 30% of Americans won’t visit the dentist this year, leaving their mouths exposed to issues. Don’t be one of them. To set up your teeth cleaning appointment, call their office in San Francisco, California, or book your appointment online.

Dental Prophylaxis Q & A

What is prophylaxis?

Prophylaxis is the technical term for taking regular action to prevent disease and, in this case, keep your mouth in top shape. Through regular prophylaxis, Dr. Smith, Dr. Donnelly, and their expert staff at Cow Hollow Dental Center help you protect your overall oral health and maintain your most beautiful smile.

During a prophylaxis visit, their staff will give your mouth a thorough cleaning. Even if you’re excellent about brushing and flossing, there are parts of your mouth that are very challenging to reach and clean thoroughly. During a prophylaxis visit, every corner of your mouth — particularly those that are hardest to reach — will be deeply cleaned. You’ll be left with a sparkling smile and a feeling of unmatched oral freshness.


What are the benefits of prophylaxis?

Regular dental cleanings are similar to changing the oil in your car or cleaning out your gutters. Staying on top of this maintenance helps you avoid more serious, expensive, and painful issues down the road.

For example, prophylaxis helps you avoid cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Unfortunately, many dental treatments needed to reverse degenerating oral health can be uncomfortable and costly. Prophylaxis is a tool Dr. Smith and Dr. Donnelly use to keep your mouth healthy and comfortable while keeping more of your money in your own pocket.

On top of being excellent preventive care, prophylaxis offers some immediate benefits:

  • Tartar removal leaving your teeth feeling smooth
  • Removal of tooth staining, brightening your smile
  • Removal of bacteria and plaque leaving your breath notably fresher


How often is dental prophylaxis needed?

If you only visit the dentist every few years, it’s time to increase your frequency. Generally, your oral health can be maintained by two to four cleanings a year. While a healthy mouth may only need two cleanings a year, someone who has excess plaque buildup or the early signs of gum disease should schedule quarterly cleanings to reverse these issues before they become uncomfortable and more difficult to treat.

Keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright through regular prophylaxis. To schedule your teeth cleaning, call Cow Hollow Dental Center or book your appointment online.