Elmhurst Dentist Explains The Preventive Care We Provide At Cleanings

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Sep 20, 2022

Most patients should be completing professional dental cleanings about every six months or so. These cleanings are very important for maintaining a healthy and clean smile. Today our Elmhurst dentists are talking more about the preventive treatments involved in these appointments, as well as important screenings that we conduct.

When you come in for your six-month appointment, a primary goal will be for our dental team to clear away the plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your smile since your last cleaning. Despite our best efforts brushing and flossing at home, plaque and tartar still build up over time. Our dental team is able to get rid of this grime by using professional tools and cleaning formulations.

During every six-month appointment, our dental team also completes an oral cancer screening. It can be very difficult for patients to notice early signs of oral cancers, especially because these cancers may develop asymptomatically in the beginning. Our dental team is trained and equipped to spot these problems in their earliest stages.

Your regularly scheduled dental appointment also gives our team an opportunity to pinpoint and start treating, early signs of periodontal disease and dental cavities. Don’t let these issues intensify unchecked! Early intervention is key!

If you are dealing with diminished dental enamel density, our dentist may complete additional treatments that are designed to fortify your enamel. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, can help to make dental enamel stronger, and thus less susceptible to developing damage and cavities. These treatments are also frequently used to help pediatric patients develop strong enamel as young dental patients.

Has it been a while since you’ve had a professional dental cleaning? Don’t panic! We encourage you to get back on track and schedule your professional cleaning and assessment right away. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to help you from start to finish!