A prophylaxis – commonly called a “prophy
” – is a
treatment involving the removal of the bacteria on all the teeth and just below
the gumline. This is also known as a polishing, because by removing the
bacteria (plaque, tartar, and bacteria that is not easily seen), the teeth look
shiny. A prophy
is typically performed twice per year, or every six
months, to maintain healthy gums and teeth.