If you’re looking for an experienced family dentist in the Torrance area, we hope that you’ll consider Dr. James W. Mellert. A third-generation dentist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Mellert is dedicated to providing his patients with the best possible care with minimal discomfort. He and the entire team understand that, for many people, going to the dentist can be a difficult and frightening experience. That’s why every precaution is taken to ensure that when you’re in the dental chair you feel at ease and in control. Whether you’re looking for a family dentist for simple preventative care like teeth cleanings or more complex procedures like dental implants and gum grafts, James W. Mellert DDS and Associates is here to serve you.

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. It is important that you have your teeth cleaned by your Torrance dentist.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits 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 aesthetics 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.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis is performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. MellertDr. Brown, and Dr. Mellert Houck can use to effectively halt its progression.