Dental Exams & Cleanings Vernon Hills, ILIf nothing is wrong with your teeth, why do you need a dental exam? If your teeth appear to be in excellent health that is good news, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have regular dental exams and cleanings to keep your dental health in check. Dentists are specially trained to recognized early warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental and health issues. Regular dental exams and cleanings will ultimately save you from the extra pain, money, and time that fixing dental problems will eventually cause you.

What happens at a dental cleaning and exam?

When you arrive at your dentist’s office, you will first have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist. During this process, the hygienist will use a small dental tool to scrape mineral buildup (tartar) off of your teeth. Your teeth will then by flossed, polished, and given a fluoride application.

Depending on your situation and how long it has been since your last dental cleaning, your dentist may want to take X-rays. These X-rays take just a few minutes and will provide your dentist with an in-depth look at potential problems that are hard to see from the surface. Before your X-rays, you will put on a heavy apron to shield your body from X-rays. You will then bite down on a hard piece of plastic that will help align your teeth with the best X-ray image. This process will be repeated several times for different angles in your mouth.

At some point, your dentist or the hygienist will ask about any dental concerns you have, the foods you eat, and whether you are getting sufficient vitamins and minerals to sustain proper dental health. While the dentist examines your teeth, he will look for gum disease or signs of other dental issues. If you have a dental problem that has reached a severe level, your dentist may recommend special mouthwashes, antibiotics or other treatments. Your dentist will also check that you are keeping up with your daily dental routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

Schedule a dental exam

If it has been some time since your last dental exam and cleaning, call Dr. Hoffenberg today at (847) 367-6760 to schedule your appointment. Our office is located in Vernon Hills, IL.