Every six months the American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages undergo a routine dental checkup. We agree, twice a year we want our patients to see us for an exam (and a dental cleaning as well). What may seem like a minor procedure is actually pretty essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing serious issues from developing, issues that could threaten the appearance and stability of your smile.
Reasons to Have a Dental Checkup
- Identify Decay in the Earliest Stages: During an exam, we can use digital x-rays (which use 80% less radiation) to obtain a detailed view of your teeth. We can then identify tooth decay in the earliest stages, in some cases before it causes discomfort. We can then address the issue with a lifelike filling or possibly preventive care
- Perform an Oral Cancer Screening: As part of our checkups we can offer an oral cancer screening. We look for possible warning signs, such as lesions, rough patches, areas of red and white splotches, and other possible indicators of oral cancer. Early identification is crucial, as over half of those diagnosed succumb to the disease within five years of diagnosis simply because it’s not caught in the early stages. Don’t skip your routine checkups!
- Uncover Signs of Gum Disease: Without treatment, gum disese can lead to discomfort and a greater risk of adult tooth loss. To maintain a whole and healthy smile, you need to receive treatment. We can find the presence of the disease, often still in the inflammation stage, when patients attend routine checkups.
- Check for Jaw Joint Strain: Pressure on your jaw joints can mean the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism, two often-linked disorders that can lead to headaches, popping jaws, and a greater risk of tooth decay.
ABOUT YOUR LIBERTYVILLE, IL DENTIST:
Dr. Brent Engelberg and his highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including; Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.