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prophylaxis

 [pro″fĭ-lak´sis]
disease prevention; called also preventive treatment.
dental prophylaxis oral prophylaxis.
oral prophylaxis cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist, including removal of plaque, materia alba, calculus, and extrinsic stains; done as a preventive measure for control of gingivitis. Called also dental prophylaxis.

oral prophylaxis

Etymology: L, oralis, pertaining to the mouth; Gk, prophylax, advance guard
the science and practice of preventing the onset of diseases of the teeth and adjoining mouth tissues. It involves removing bacterial plaque, food debris, stains, and calculus from the crowns and roots with hand scaling or ultrasonic scaling instruments and hand or electric polishers.

oral prophylaxis

The removal of bacterial plaque, calculus, and stains from surfaces of the teeth, primarily by scaling and root planing. It is a preventative measure against gingivitis, halitosis, and periodontal disease.
See also: prophylaxis

Patient discussion about oral prophylaxis

Q. Is it possible to prevent appearance of oral aphthae? I get these a lot and lately I've heard it comes as a result of stress or weak immune system. Is that true? Is there a way to make it go away forever????? anyone who has ever had this annoying thing in his mouth knows what I'm talking about... I know all the possible curing ways- I'm looking for prevention now...thanx!

A. welcome to my life! every time the air get's a little dry i get 1-3 aphthae and can't eat for the next 4-6 days. so i investigated a little, and i'm sorry but right now no one really knows what causes them. they know that from some reason the body get's an immune reaction in the oral mucosa and that causes an ulcer. but a friend of mine went to an Ayurveda therapist that told him to stop eating tomatoes and eggplants (in any way, cooked,baked,fried) and he says he stop getting aphthae. so you might try Ayurveda for prevention. it could help...

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In order to maintain the world-wide readiness of our 7,000 patients, we must complete an examination and oral prophylaxis on each member annually.
Similarly, in South Carolina, dental hygienists employed by, or contacted through, the Department of Health and Environment Control may provide an oral prophylaxis, fluoride therapy and dental sealants under general supervision without a prior examination by a dentist in settings such as schools or nursing homes.
Trained clinical techniques used during the oral prophylaxis are measured through demonstrative performance evaluations.