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Dental Hygiene Prophy-Jet Polishing

Good oral hygiene keeps teeth free from dental plaque buildup, prevents cavities and fights bad breath.

Your home oral hygiene routine should consist of regular brushing and flossing. A healthy diet that is low in sugary foods is also an essential part of good oral hygiene. Regular dental visits every six months allow your dentist to provide oral hygiene instructions.

Prophy-Jet Polishing

That fresh feeling you get when you leave the dental practice after professional dental cleanings is like no other. Ever wonder why you can’t achieve it on your own?
Dentists have special tools that remove deposits from our teeth, leaving our mouths feeling cleaner than when we practice good oral hygiene at home.

During your dental cleaning teeth are polished using either a polishing brush or cup with polishing paste on a conventional hand piece or a Prophy-Jet. The Prophy-Jet is an air polishing system that combines water and baking soda to remove stains and debris from teeth.

Woman flossing with a smile and clean teeth

What’s the Difference?

Many dental practices are replacing traditional polishing with Prophy-Jet polishing as it tends to be more effective. At Gresham Dental Practice, patients have mentioned that they prefer the Prophy-Jet to the rotating hand piece for several reasons. For one thing, there is no unnerving sound with the Prophy-Jet. secondly there are no vibrations either. Even better is the fact that patients don’t experience that icky aftertaste from the sticky paste often associated with prophylaxis.

Dentists may recommend Prophy-Jet polishing prior to dental bonding or attaching dental braces. Removing dental plaque and debris from teeth will give them a “clean slate”, lessening the chances of trapping irritants under the composite resin or brackets. Before teeth whitening, a cosmetic dentist may use Prophy-Jet polishing to remove surface stains. This not only helps the dentist better determine the natural colour of your teeth, but the patient will also receive better results from the teeth whitening procedure.

Over time, stains can also form on your dental appliances. The Prophy-Jet can be used to remove deposits from your dentures, orthodontic appliance, mouthguard or night guard. While it’s important to take care of your dental appliance at home, if it starts to lose its lustre, you can take the appliance to your dentist for a thorough cleaning.


During Prophy-Jet polishing, only soft deposits and some extrinsic stains are removed from the teeth. Scaling and root planing will be needed to remove hard deposits such as dental calculus from the surface of the teeth and under the gum line. The Prophy-Jet won’t remove intrinsic stains (tooth discolouration that comes from inside the tooth). In the cases where tooth discolouration is caused by genetics, dental fluorosis or trauma to the tooth , these stains will have a better chance of being removed through other cosmetic dentistry methods such as bleaching or veneers.

Incorporating dental cleanings into your oral hygiene routine is essential to maintaining good dental health.

I’ve been a patient of Gresham dental practice for 3 years now. I was referred via a relative. The service and care by Albert and his team has been exceptional, best I have experienced. I would certainly recommend this practice, the attention to detail Albert provides is superb and very thorough. Albert is always very reassuring and will talk you through the dental treatment process to put you at ease. The practice and all the staff are very welcoming and friendly, it is a great family run practice.
Sean Quinn