Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

Teeth Cleaning - Gilroy Smiles

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the crowns of teeth, gums, and implants. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

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 esthetics 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 be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers and implant patients. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Chan, Rhona, or Cyndi  can use to effectively halt its progression.

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Gar N. Chan, D.D.S., Inc.

5 out of 5 stars based on 95 Prophylaxis (cleaning) reviews.

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I'm a patient of Dr. Chan since he started his practice. He is a very knowledgeable and compassionate clinician. He loves dentistry and reflects this by the way he and his staff treat and care for his patients - with gentle hands.

- Donaldina S L

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I have been going to Dr. Chan for decades and have been pleased with my treatment. My children and now my granddaughter are patients also. This is a great office run by a great team. Rhona Chan, wife is extremely caring and efficient. She insures the patients get the best care by managing a top notch office. She is also a great hygienist who has been helping me to maintain an excellent smile over the years! I would highly recommend this office for excellent dental care.

- Rhonda B

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Best dentist office in California

- Joe Comento A

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Great service, friendly staff, amazing doctor

- Tiffany C

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Overall good service

- Sandra C

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I am so pleased to be back to Dr Chan and his delightful staff. Perfect mix of friendliness and professionalism.

- Claudette B

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Very knowledgeable care and great customer service.

- Alfred G

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excellent office

- Manuela R

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Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Chan and the staff

- Andrea Y

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I had a very nice visit. I was able to get seen quickly and learn new facts about my teeth.

- Jennifer K

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a nice friendly place where you feel safe with your dental needs

- PHYLIS MANTELLI

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Most of our family have seen by Dr. Chan and his staff and we appreciate the work they have done for us. Highly recommended should you look for a reliable and experienced Dentist.

- Christine B

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I enjoy coming here for any dental needs and know I am in good hands when I come in for any procedure

- Anna P

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I love Dr. Chan and his office staff. The office is well run, clean, and newly remodeled. He is an amazing dentist, and has a friendly, professional rapport with his clients, and can do all procedures from cleaning to orthodontics. We appreciate this a lot, because the last dentist had us go to another office just for an extraction. All the staff are equally professional. We recommend our friends to Dr. Chan whenever someone needs a dentist in the south valley!

- Florie S

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i've been coming to Dr. Chan for dental work for many years/ He is a wonderful dentist with a gentle touch, and explains in detail any procedure that is being performed. Beyond that, he is always looking out for the comfort of his patients. In the past I've always dreaded going to the dentist, but with Dr. Chan I'm relaxed knowing that he has my best interests in mind and will provide a professional service in all aspects. In addition, his staff is equally professional and friendly. Overall I can't say enough about these folks. They truly are the best!

- jAMES m

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Dr. Chan is rather thoughtful and has a great approach to the various dental work I've needed done. And the front office staff does a great job coordinating everything - I know it wouldn't be such a great operation unless everyone works together, which you all do very well! Thanks!

- Dale E

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always been very pleasant visits

- Ron d

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excellent care and service.

- Christine L

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Doctors spend lots of time explaining needed improvement in my own cleaning process.

- Robert M

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I've been coming to this office my whole life, and i seriously have no complaints. Dr. Chan and his whole staff are easygoing and make everything so easy and painless. I would highly recommend them to anyone out there looking.

- MARY C

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My husband and I have been patients at Dr. Chan's office for years and have always been very happy with the service we have received while in the office. I have also needed Dr. Chan after hours and during the weekend, and he was very responsive and helpful. I would and have recommended him to my friends.

- Terri E

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very good service!

- jimmy g

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EVERYTHING WENT AS PLANNED PLEASANT AND EASY

- BETH R

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EVERYTHING WENT AS PLANNED PLEASANT AND EASY

- BETH R

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Always a warm and friendly place.

- Kim S

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Excellent overall

- Benjamin S

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Great staff and Dr. Chan is top notch!! Always satisfied with my service.

- LYNETTE F

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I love the after effects of getting my teeth cleaned from this office because it makes the after care so much easier. i always leave really pleased with how smooth and polished they look! Everyone is so nice and welcoming, which is a plus!

- Danell B

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An excellent experience. Dr. Chan has noticed dental issues that other dentists have not. Staff is friendly and the doctor is personable and very competent.

- Ashley M

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The service is excellent! The staff is great and each procedure is explained thoroughly and done with care.

- Chris K

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Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Very good with children.

- Jana H

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Dr. Chan and staff are efficient, friendly and knowledgeable

- Jolene C

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OVERALL GREAT EXPERIENCE AS ALWAYS

- JOSEPH m

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I have been coming to Dr. Chan's office for many years and have always felt welcomed, comfortable, and confident that I am receiving the best care. Thank you!

- Lisa N

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Very thorough and professional care. Excellent!

- Tammy J

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Very nice and excellent

- Randy Vidal V

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I have always come here and they have always been helpful and friendly. Love them

- Anonymous

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Great service. High level of professionalism.

- anthony c

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Staff is friendly and makes it enjoyable

- Timothy V

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Love this place.

- Maria L

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Extremely friendly staff and clean office. My entire family and I have all out dental needs taken care of here.

- Jenny L

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I just love these guys. Ive been able to overcome my fear of the dental office.

- Robin B

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I have been coming to Dr. Chan since I was three years old. Now my husband and daughters are all seen by Dr Chan. I always feel that I am in the best hands and wouldn't trust anyone else with my dental health.

- Megan D

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Love Dr. Chan and the entire office. I have never had an unpleasant experience here. I always leave on a happy note and I do not dread coming in.

- Annamarie P

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Awesome experience, actually love visiting the dentist.

- karen h

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My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Chan since he came to Gilroy over 35 years ago. I do not have good strong teeth and I am hard on them. Dr. Chan has worked miracles to give me the best results. possible. Of all the dentists I have had over the years I have never seen a dentist as happy in his work and as dedicated to serving his patients as Dr. Chan. And his enthusiasm for his work is shared by every one of his staff. And his wife, Rhona Lee, is the best hygienist ever. The word "gentle" is inadequate to describe her touch and skill. We feel very blessed to be their patients and cannot praise them enough.

- Rick E

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I really enjoy coming to this office for my dental work, I've been coming here for years and the staff is welcoming and their work is great.

- Vanessa Y

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Everyone is very friendly and Dr Chan is an excellent dentist.

- Betty T

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As someone whom has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for over 20 years, Dr. Gar Chan's office in Gilroy consist of nothing but the highest quality of individuals that provide the most affordable, reliable, kind, and understanding dental hygiene care in all of the surrounding area- and in my opinion likely to be the best in all of Northern California. Despite the fact that I am to move overseas later this year, I will be returning to California twice a year, not only to visit my family, but also to make my appointment at Dr. Chan's office because of the unmatched care that they have provided to me over the last 4 years since I joined what feels nothing short of a family.

- Taylor L

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After 35 years in the practice ; this is the only place I would go.

- Marlene R

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