Prophylaxis

Tamara Levit, DDS, PC -  - Dentist

Tamara Levit, DDS, PC

Dentist located in North Bethesda, MD

Prophylaxis is a big word, but it’s a common procedure used in preventive dentistry to keep your teeth and gums healthy. At Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, in North Bethesda, Maryland, the team proudly offers a number of preventive dentistry services including prophylaxis. To request your prophylaxis appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.

Prophylaxis Q & A

What is a dental prophylaxis appointment?

A dental prophylaxis is a term for a basic professional oral exam and cleaning. Participating in regular dental prophylaxis is one of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your risk of common oral health problems including cavities, gum disease, and persistent bad breath. 

What happens during a dental prophylaxis appointment?

Your Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, provider tailors prophylaxis treatment to your individual oral health needs. However, there are three basic procedures included in each preventive exam:

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays give your dentist a complete picture of your teeth, jaws, gums, and tongue. Many oral health problems don’t present obvious symptoms early on. Digital X-rays can alert the team to potential issues including impacted wisdom teeth and even oral cancer.

Periodontal probing and exam

During periodontal probing, your dentist measures the depth of your gum tissue while looking for signs of decay. Your provider also performs a thorough oral exam, noting any significant gum pockets, areas of tartar build-up, and significant decay.

Professional cleaning

Professional cleaning involves your dental provider using a small metal tool to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. After removing the plaque, your provider flosses your teeth and polishes them.

Oral care recommendations

Finally, your dentist provides oral care recommendations based on your individual situation. For example, if you smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco, your provider can help you take steps to quit. 

If you’re diagnosed with gingivitis, your provider can make recommendations to help reverse your symptoms, like flossing regularly and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Who can benefit from dental prophylaxis?

Anyone who wants to improve their overall health and well-being can benefit from dental prophylaxis. Your oral health and physical health reflect one another. In fact, research suggests that poor oral hygiene may increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Don’t let tooth decay or gum disease take hold. If it’s been more than six months since your last professional cleaning and exam, call or use the online booking tool to request your appointment at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, today.