Teeth Cleaning − Silver Spring MD
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.
What is Prophylaxis?
Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that periodontal or gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Tekle can use to effectively halt its progression.
The benefits of regular prophylaxis include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Routine and periodic dental examination is an essential aspect of your continuous care because, current research suggests biologically plausible associations between oral and systemic diseases such as:
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Low Birth Weight Babies
Elsabet H. Tekle, DDS
Ever since Dr. Tekle took over from Dr. Shapiro the level of proficiency and professionalism has remained the same or better!!! Dr. Shapiro insisted on the best level of care for his patients. I have been affiliated with this office since the 1980's.
- Gina A
Dr. Tekle and her staff are wonderful. Their efforts to keep you comfortable, whether for a simple cleaning or a complicated procedure, are excellent and greatly appreciated!
- Susan S
James B. Dr. Tekle has been my dentist for over 20 years. It has been a family affair because she also cares for the dental needs of my son James Jr, and my daughter Erica. Dr. Tekle specializes in low cost preventive dentistry and hygiene. This approach has worked very well for me and my family. As a technology person, I really appreciate that Dr. Tekle utilizes emerging technologies in her practice to ensure the best possible care for her patients. Dr. Tekle provides love and a personal touch to all her patients and without reservations, I highly recommend that you trust her with your dental needs. I absolutely trust Dr. Tekle. I follow her recommendations for home care and treatment. I have no doubt that her wisdom and treatments have prevented many problems and help me maintain good healthy teeth.
- James B
Very professional and thorough treatment.
- Nancy K
Dr. Tekle took over the practice from Dr. Shapiro and has been an excellent dentist. I don't hesitate to recommend her to anyone who asks me.
I have been coming to Dr. Tekle for years. She and her staff are wonderful! I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to the dentist, but they always make sure I am comfortable. The cleanings are quick and painless.
- Stephanie D
Keep it up
- Judy S
Love this practice
- Gary S
Dr. Tekle is an excellent and caring dentist and has a great staff!
- Cole M
Great staff. Dental care is the best.
- Charles B
I have been Dr. Tekle's patient for several years and I highly recommend her. She is very gentle and sincerely cares about her patients.
- Stephanie B
Dr. Tekle is so sweet and talented. She is confident without being uncaring. My family has had things from routine care to orthodontic referrals to short frenulum exams to dental implants with her. She always has great insights, some of which overlap and others that provide alternative treatments to the ordinary info you find elsewhere. She understands that my teeth are mine and her job is to care for them and guide me on the best way to do the same at home. Other dentists have been bossy and computerlike. She is not. In fact, she and her staff ALWAYS apply MOISTURIZER to my lips before treatment. That is the nicest touch. None of that chapped/sore feeling afterward. ... (As for pain relief, she takes as much time as needed to ensure that the pain shot has taken effect before starting any procedure. My 11-year-old child was literally cheering for Dr. Tekle right after having two wisdom teeth taken out. Amazing.) .. I like that she tries very hard to have everyone in the office perform at 100% to satisfy patients. Her leadership of her staff is always polite yet firm and precise. ... There is great free parking at the office and the building is easy to navigate. The only thing I would improve is the appt reminder system. For a Monday appointment, it doesn't come until Saturday, so adjusting your work schedule that Friday isn't possible if you've forgotten the appointment date. But overall, Dr. Tekle's practice is wonderful.
- L F
Dr. Tekle is kind and caring, and she does excellent, long-lasting work. She is also conscientious about the materials she uses. She does not seem rushed, and always spends enough time with me if I have any extra questions. She has been my dentist for a number of years now.
- Margaret L