Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

den·tal pro·phy·lax·is

a series of procedures whereby calculus, stain, and other accretions are removed from the crowns and roots of the teeth, and the enamel surfaces are polished.
Synonym(s): cleaning


v to expunge all residue of prior materials. Heat or steam is required to remove any hint of previous remedies from the receptacles and tools used in the creation of homeopathic or herbal preparations.

den·tal proph·y·lax·is

(den'tăl prō'fi-lak'sis)
Procedures whereby calculus, stains, and other accretions are removed from the crowns and roots of the teeth and the enamel surfaces are polished.
Synonym(s): cleaning.


1. a major part of sanitation procedures in veterinary preventive medicine because of the heavy contamination of animal accommodation by feces and urine, and in abattoirs because of the rapid accumulation of fat. High pressure cleaning with hot water and detergents is the only practicable procedure but brings its own attendant problems of disposal of effluent.
2. colloquial term for placenta of mare or cow.

Patient discussion about cleaning

Q. How can I "allergy proof" the house? My nephew will be coming to stay with me for a couple of months and he is highly allergic. How can I allergy proof the house so he'll be protected?

A. Excellent tips :)
In the meantime everything is fine.

More discussions about cleaning
References in periodicals archive ?
Clearly, green cleaning is the wave of the future for building maintenance.
David Buchanan, business development manager-board and packaging, Voith Fabrics, agrees that a mill-specific combination of batch and continuous cleaning will work best--but that any cleaning system must be properly maintained to be efficient.
Numerous facilities have struggled to build a stable workforce in the cleaning room because few people desire to work near the machinery intrinsic with the cleaning operations, such as grinding machines.
Industrial hygiene is an important function that requires effective vacuum cleaning systems.
Dry cleaning allows quick turnaround of the elevator so that there is less inconvenience to residents and staff.
Cleaning chemicals are increasingly complex, and it is incumbent on health care facilities to select the safest, most environmentally friendly products.
Sasseville says ETC's dry-ice method delivers more of a "gentle touch" in deep cleaning even the most hard-to-reach surfaces.
American Auto Logistics plans to conduct the cleaning and inspection of the majority of service-member vehicles at the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.
But you've also got a shining opportunity for creative entrepreneurs who can satisfy the demand for toxic-free cleaning.
The Custom Cleaner Home Dry Cleaning Kit was one of the first home-based cleaning kits to hit the market.
As reported in FAC (Feb/Mar 1999), the Clean Slate Campaign invites people to promise to take at least one practical step during 1999 towards cleaning their slate.