Routine cleanings by our professionals … for a lifetime of healthy smiles

A hygiene program is essential to preserving a healthy, stunning smile. At All Smiles Dental Studio in Encinitas, California, we support and encourage consistent, excellent hygiene among patients across the Carlsbad, Solana Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe areas. We do so with services such as our “basic” cleaning or prophylaxis (“prophy”). 

The power of professional cleaning

Our experienced dentist, Dr. Shahrokh, recommends that patients visit our studio at least once every six months. During these routine appointments, he will examine your teeth, gums, mouth, head, and neck for potential abnormalities. These visits would not be complete without a “prophy.” 

Our dental hygienists are trained to remove surface stains, bacteria, plaque, and plaque build-up (tartar or calculus). They use both professional techniques and professional dental instruments. With this experience and skill, they can lift even stubborn tartar or calculus from the teeth and at the gum line. These substances cannot be removed with standard toothbrushes. 

Also, both home care and professional care are necessary for oral health. Sticky bacterial plaque is constantly forming on our teeth. Even those patients who thoroughly and consistently brush and floss their teeth cannot possibly remove all plaque. If plaque lingers, it can harden into tartar and break down the teeth, supportive gums, and bone. By managing bacteria, plaque, and tartar, our hygienists play an important role in reducing your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease – the leading causes of tooth loss.

The process 

All patients can benefit from professional cleanings. During the prophy part of your dental check-up, our hygienist will do a light scale and polish above the gum line. Fluoride varnish is also applied. Fluoride, a natural mineral, is used to keep your tooth’s enamel strong. Think of enamel like armor for your teeth. This covering protects the teeth from damage. Over time, due to acidic beverages or even natural wear and tear, enamel can become thin and make a tooth susceptible to sensitivity, cavities, and other problems. 

Regular prophylaxis also helps to keep your breath feeling and smelling fresh and your teeth looking a beautiful, vibrant white. Our hygiene program allows patients to avoid harmful conditions such as gum disease; however, some patients may require more extensive cleanings. We encourage you to contact All Smiles Dental Studio in Encinitas, CA, before you notice troubling changes, such as sensitivity when eating sweet foods,  drinking cold beverages, or noticeable blood on your toothbrush and floss. Call (760) 232-8878 to schedule your appointment today. 


1: Why is basic cleaning or prophylaxis important for maintaining oral health?

Regular prophylaxis is essential for preserving a healthy smile. It helps manage plaque, bacteria, and tartar, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, leading causes of tooth loss.

2: How often should I schedule basic cleaning or prophylaxis appointments?

You should schedule basic cleaning or prophylaxis appointments at least once every six months to maintain a healthy smile.

3: What does the basic cleaning or prophylaxis process involve?

Dental hygienists will perform a light scale and polish above the gum line during a basic cleaning or prophylaxis appointment. They will also apply fluoride varnish, a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel.

4: Can’t I maintain oral health with regular brushing and flossing at home?

While regular home care is essential, it may not be sufficient to remove all bacterial plaque effectively. Professional cleanings by dental hygienists are necessary to remove stubborn tartar and plaque build-up.

5: When should I seek more extensive cleanings beyond basic prophylaxis?

If you experience sensitivity when drinking cold beverages, consuming sweet foods, or if you notice blood on your toothbrush, you may need more extensive cleanings. It is advisable to contact your dental provider promptly for an assessment and appropriate treatment.

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Dr. Ali Shahrokh

Dr. Ali Shahrokh, a distinguished graduate in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, brings over a decade of expertise to his dental practice in San Diego. Committed to improving oral health and well-being of his patients, he utilizes advanced procedures and equipment in a serene dental studio. Dr. Shahrokh's dedication to excellence and extensive experience makes him a trusted authority in the field, providing cutting-edge dental care to his patients.