A prophylaxis cleaning is the most common type of cleaning performed by either a hygienist or dentist. The procedure is typically performed every 6 months to remove plaque and calculus from your teeth to prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing is a non-surgical deep cleaning below the gum line used to treat existing gum disease. This procedure is usually performed by a hygienist or a periodontist.
Usually following scaling and root planing, Periodontal Maintenance visits consist of a routine cleaning as well as a careful examination of your gum tissue, as well as measurements of your pocket depths to measure gum recession. Maintenance visits are typically recommended every 3-4 months to prevent gum disease from spreading again.