Dental Exams & Cleanings in Deerfield, IL
Your oral health is essential to your body’s overall well-being. While regular brushing and flossing are necessary to keep your smile healthy, visiting the dentist regularly for a comprehensive examination and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dental hygienist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy, and your smile stays beautiful.
By regularly visiting your dentist for checkups and cleanings, you’ll be able to:
- Prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and halitosis
- Avoid extensive (and potentially expensive) dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white, reduce staining from foods and drinks.
- Shorten the time you spend at the dentist’s office.
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
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Your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth for any signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other health problems during your exam. Your dentist may also take X-rays of your teeth and gingiva (gums) to see what is beneath the surface. Whether these X-ray images are traditional or digital, they help your dentist discover any dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Your dental hygienist will start your cleaning by examining the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities, then evaluate the quality and condition of any existing fillings. She will then perform a periodontal exam ensure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth and no periodontal disease or bone loss has occurred.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth using various tools to remove any hard minerals (tartar) built up on your teeth. Afterward, your dentist will polish them using a special compound.
Dental exams usually aren’t painful. Please be sure to let us know if you have any anxiety regarding your dental exam. If your dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In some cases, we may suggest antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, we will likely recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.