Preventive dentistry is the foundation on which all oral health care must be built. In establishing this foundation for their patients, practitioners must first look at themselves and their office environment. Each practice must establish a preventive philosophy that is evident throughout the patient’s encounter with the dental office. This means that the dentist, the staff, and the practice systems and design must reflect this concept. All staff members must have a personal understanding and appreciation of the importance of this basic concept. This must be evident in their personal hygiene and in their routine interactions with patients.
Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean theteeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.