Dental terminology: prophylaxis
You may have heard your dental office use the term "prophylaxis" or noticed it on a recent dental claim. Prophylaxis is a medical term to refer to preventive dental services that promote good oral health. A prophylaxis dental visit—also referred to as a cleaning or routine check-up—is usually done twice per year and can include a dental exam by your dentist, a thorough cleaning performed by a dental professional, x-rays to check for decay, fluoride treatments and more. Scheduling a prophylaxis visit with your dentist twice a year is important for keeping your teeth and mouth healthy.