dental prophylaxis

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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.

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

den·tal proph·y·lax·is

(den'tăl prō'fi-lak'sis)
Measures to promote the health and prevent disease of the teeth and gums that include scaling and polishing procedures performed to remove plaque, calculus, and stains.

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.
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While the dental prophylaxis has evolved since the first publication of Mouth Hygiene, A Course of Instruction for Dental Hygienists, dental hygienists are still confronting many of the same issues, such as pain management, and attempting to accomplish many of the same goals, such as preventing tooth decay and being a partner with the patient in their oral home care practices.
Each subject received a thorough dental prophylaxis, which included scaling and polishing by a single dental hygienist in a single day.
(5), (6) Also, the finding of instant dentin hypersensitivity relief during professional dental prophylaxis or cleaning is supported by various clinical studies in the U.S.
The objective of this study was to investigate possible differences in barrier efficacy from aerosol exposure to clinicians during routine dental prophylaxis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that masks be worn in combination with eye protection devices (goggles, glasses with solid side shields, or chin-length face shields) during dental procedures.
In 2004, the Offenbacher group was awarded another research grant to look at the relationship between dental prophylaxis and pregnancy outcomes.
We can expect to see more TOS diagnoses in the future for two reasons: (1) increasing numbers of workers are forced into positions of postural compromise for extended hours such as hovering at computer terminals or performing dental prophylaxis, and (2) clinicians are becoming more experienced in recognizing TOS signs and symptoms.
When the dental facility was added to the clinic in the fall of 2004, dental services joined this list, including dental prophylaxis, scaling and root planing with anesthesia, fluoride treatments, panorex and bitewing X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants.