If it’s been more than a year since your last trip to the dentist, consider dental prophylaxis. This routine preventive measure can alert you to potentially serious issues early on when they respond best to treatment. At Dr. Aaronson & Associates in New York City, the team offers dental prophylaxis to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Midtown East, Manhattan, call the office today or click the online booking feature.
Dental prophylaxis is a type of preventive oral health care. It involves your Dr. Aaronson & Associates provider conducting an oral exam, taking oral X-rays, and performing other screening measures that align with your age and individual needs.
Even if your teeth, tongue, and gums feel healthy, it’s important to schedule regular check-ups. Many serious conditions, including oral cancer, prevent few symptoms early on. Visits to Dr. Aaronson & Associates can alert you when they’re most responsive to treatment.
At Dr. Aaronson & Associates, dental prophylaxis involves several steps, including:
Oral X-rays help your dentist detect conditions like deep decay or impacted wisdom not visible to the eye. At Dr. Aaronson & Associates, the team offers cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) X-rays to ensure the most accurate diagnoses.
Periodontal probing involves your dentist using a small ruler to measure the pockets of gum tissue around your teeth. If the pockets are too deep, it indicates periodontal disease, which increases your risk of tooth loss and other issues.
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer screening tries to detect precancerous or cancerous growths in their early stages of development. During an oral cancer screening, your provider looks at each section of your mouth for abnormal growths. If they uncover anything unusual, they can order a biopsy or other testing.
An oral exam assesses the health of your tongue, gums, teeth, and mouth. Following the exam, your provider cleans your teeth. They remove built-up plaque and tartar, floss and polish your teeth, and apply a fluoride treatment.
Oral care recommendations
Lastly, your provider explains the importance of good oral hygiene and educates you on proper nutrition to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. If you play contact sports or grind your teeth, they might also recommend protective measures like a custom mouthguard.
If you have a history of cavities, the team might also recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride strengthens your enamel, reducing the risk of decay.
Anyone who hasn’t been to the dentist in a year or more can benefit from dental prophylaxis. Following a comprehensive exam, the team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates can develop a custom care plan that encourages optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.
To explore the benefits of dental prophylaxis, make an appointment at Dr. Aronson & Associates by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.