What is a prophylaxis?

Prophylaxis, or prophy for short, is the dentist's name for what's commonly called a cleaning. Dental cleanings are performed as a preventative measure to thoroughly clean your teeth by removing plaque and stains. The American Dental Association recommends that you get a cleaning a minimum of once a year, although most dentists recommend the a cleaning and oral evaluation every 6 months. 

Common CDT codes for Prophylaxis:

  • [1110] Prophylaxis - adult 
  • [1120] Prophylaxis - child 



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