We’re always proud of our patients that brush and floss regularly and correctly. However, some of these same patients often downplay the significance of dental cleanings. After all, if we brush and floss, how important is a professional cleaning? The fact is, this preventive treatment can help stave off serious oral health complications.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cleanings
Question: When should I have my teeth cleaned?
Answer: You should make an appointment with your dentist every six months to undergo a routine cleaning. The American Dental Associations recommends this for patients of all ages and we agree. The procedure is quite simple: The dentist or hygienist will remove plaque buildup from your teeth. We will then polish the teeth to complete the procedure.
Question: What issues will the doctor watch for?
Answer: Part of the visit will also involve a checkup. The dentist will examine your smile to identify possible factors that could lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, dry mouth, oral cancer, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism. Identifying these possible problems early on allows us to treat them before they can progress and impact your smile’s health and stability.
Question: What benefits does having my teeth cleaned offer?
Answer: Removing plaque can help you avoid gum inflammation and enamel erosion, protecting your smile from cavities and gum disease. In addition, the polishing process can help brighten your smile. The procedure also helps freshen your breath, as plaque is a byproduct if bacteria breaking down food particles, a process that can lead to halitosis.
Question: What if I have gingivitis?
Answer: If you have gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, then we may recommend a deep cleaning. We use scaling and root planing to remove plaque from the teeth and from the surface of the roots.
ABOUT YOUR SKOKIE, 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.