Dental Exams in Glendale Heights
Dental Cleanings & Sealants in Glendale Heights
During your visit, you can expect the dentist to sit down with you and talk about your oral health. The dentist will conduct a thorough exam, inspecting your teeth, gums, palate, and tongue using a mirror and probe, as well as inspecting the areas around your mouth including the face and neck. During this process, he will be checking for any inflammation, bone loss, decay, or other abnormalities. He will then consult with you based on his findings and discuss your treatment options if necessary.
During your exam, your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer screenings are important, since early detection saves lives.
After your exam is complete, you will want to schedule a professional cleaning with your dentist or oral hygienist. During a routine cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will remove any plaque on your teeth. You may also receive polishing of your teeth and may receive fluoride treatment. We advise against skipping a cleaning. Missing a cleaning appointment or receiving a cleaning less often than recommended by your dentist, may result in increased dental decay, gum disease or other oral health concerns.
Your doctor may also recommend dental sealants to protect teeth from decay. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Sealants keep germs and food particles out of the grooves of molars and premolars.
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