Dental Health Exams: What To Know

Does my dental health exam include a screening for complex oral health concerns?

Great question and the answer is yes! Dr. Brent Engelberg screens all patients for any signs of developing oral health concerns of any kind. From tooth decay to oral cancer, our dental care team carefully examines all patients in efforts to promptly diagnose the condition in hopes of being able to conservative and effective treatment. Every routine dental health exam includes a thorough visual screening.

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Dental Health Exams: What To Know

Many patients have a lot of questions about what their dental health exam and screening will be like. We want you to come to our Arlington Heights dentist office feeling confident and prepared. This week, we will answer some commonly asked questions about dental screenings and oral health exams at AH Smiles.

  • How often should I visit the dentist for a dental exam?
    Patients of all ages should visit our Arlington Heights, IL dentist office at least twice every year for a dental health check-up, oral screening and teeth cleaning. Visiting the dentist biannually is an effective preventative measure that can be taken to help maintain the health and function of your teeth and gums. Six-month dental check-ups allow for early diagnosis of any developing oral issues.
  • Will I get my teeth cleaned every time I visit the dentist?
    Not necessarily. We recommend that you schedule a teeth cleaning appointment once every six months for effective prevention of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health conditions.
  • Does Dr. Engelberg screen for oral cancer?
    Yes. We provide patients with a yearly oral cancer screening in hopes we find the disease as early as possible. Early diagnosis can be life-saving. Routine dental health exams allow Dr. Engelberg to intervene before the disease has progressed too far for effective treatment.
  • Will I be screened for gum disease when I visit the dentist?
    Always. Every visit to AH Smiles includes a visual screening for gum disease. Dr. Engelberg can typically notice pockets forming in the gums lines that cause inflammation. Dr. Engelberg will make recommendations for treatment such as scaling and root planing or periodontal therapy. Treating gum disease in the earliest stages of progression can help prevent serious secondary conditions such as tooth loss and bone regression.
  • Does AH Smiles accept new patients?
    We invite new patients of all ages from Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, and all surrounding communities. We provide personalized, comprehensive dentistry for your whole family in one convenient location.