Prophylaxis and professional teeth cleaning (PZR) are important measures for maintaining oral health and preventing tooth and gum disease.

Here is some important information about these two concepts:

Prophylaxis: Prophylaxis comprises a range of measures to prevent dental diseases and maintain oral health. This includes regular dental check-ups, x-rays, oral hygiene practices at home and professional dental prophylaxis sessions. The aim of prophylaxis is to detect, treat and prevent dental problems at an early stage.

Professional tooth cleaning (PZR): Professional teeth cleaning (PZR) is an important part of prophylaxis and refers to the thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums by a trained professional, usually a dental professional such as a dental hygienist or prophylaxis assistant. During a PZR session, plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth in several steps and with various instruments after prior staining, and the teeth are then polished and fluoridated to strengthen them and protect them from tooth decay.

The course of a PZR session: A typical PZR session comprises several steps, including the removal of tartar and plaque with special instruments (scaling), cleaning and polishing of the teeth, removal of discoloration and the application of fluoride to strengthen the tooth enamel. The PZR can be customized according to the patient’s needs and oral health status.

Frequency of the PZR: The frequency of the PZR depends on various factors, including the individual’s caries and periodontitis risk, oral health status and oral hygiene practices at home. As a general rule, it is recommended to perform a dental cleaning every 6 to 12 months to remove plaque and maintain oral health.

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Advantages of PZR:

  • Prevention of tooth and gum disease: Regular teeth cleaning helps to remove plaque and tartar, the main causes of tooth decay and periodontitis.
  • Improving oral hygiene: CPR promotes better oral hygiene as it also encourages patients to improve their oral hygiene habits and floss regularly.
  • Aesthetic benefits: PZR helps to remove discoloration and maintain a bright smile.

Overall, regular professional teeth cleaning is an important part of prophylaxis and makes a significant contribution to maintaining oral health.

Some statutory health insurance companies subsidize this treatment.