Prophylaxis is defined as the "prevention of spreading disease". In dental terms, the disease here is periodontal, or gum, disease and the spread of bacteria that lead to decay.
Here at 8118 Dental Professionals, our dentists and dental hygienists perform periodical dental checkups that include a variety of services aimed at preventing the development and spread of decay or disease.
Dental Checkup - What To Expect
A dental checkup is a necessary component for anyone who is looking to achieve healthy teeth. At 8118 Dental Professionals, all of our patients who are coming for a dental checkup may expect to receive:
- Dental Examination - a dental examination allows the dentist or hygienist to take a close look at your mouth and spot any abnormalities that may be present.
- Dental X-Ray - examinations only go so far. We need to be able to see what is going on behind the scenes, not available to the naked eye, through the use of x-rays. X-rays help confirm any diagnoses made during an initial examination.
- Dental Cleaning - after your mouth has been thoroughly examined, it’s time to remove plaque and tartar that have been contributing to decay. The dentist or hygienist will make use of specialized tools
Most dental insurances will cover the cost of two cleanings every year. Call your insurance providers to validate this. Don’t forget to take advantage of these dental benefits!
HOW TO KEEP TEETH HEALTHY
At the root of almost every dental issue stems from one of these three things:
- A lack of brushing
- A lack of flossing
- A lack of visiting the dentist periodically for dental checkups
Sometimes it’s not a lack of the above items, but improper technique that does not target problems areas of the mouth. We can help you demonstrate proper brushing and flossing technique if you are unsure or confused.
If you’re a new patient or current patient looking for more information, then please call our office at 512-872-3658 and our office staff will be happy to assist you with any questions, price inquiries, or concerns.