What does prophy mean in dentistry?
Prophy is short for “prophylaxis,” a medical term used to describe any treatment which prevents a disease from occurring. In the dental community when we say “prophy” we mean “ dental prophylaxis,” a simple cleaning procedure for healthy patients designed to prevent gum disease.
What do dentists use to polish your teeth?
Tooth polishing is a painless dental procedure, and some patients enjoy it. The dental hygienist usually uses a small, soft rubber cup and polishing paste. If you have severe stains, your dental professional may use an air-polishing system, a jet of pressurized air and water mixed with an abrasive agent.
How do you do child prophy?
If the child is very young we may do what is termed a “lap-prophy”. The parent or assistant will hold the child on her lap in the chair with the child facing the parent /assistant. The head of the child is then placed in the hygienist’s lap.
Can you use prophy paste as toothpaste?
Prophy paste, even the fine, is generally more abrasive then over the counter toothpastes. In addition, it is applied using a prophy cup going at 20,000 rpm’s with much more pressure. The RDA of prophy paste can range from 150 for fine to up over 300 for coarse.
What is the meaning of prophy?
: measures designed to preserve health (as of an individual or of society) and prevent the spread of disease.
What are the two types of prophylaxis?
There are two types of prophylaxis — primary and secondary.