The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental cleanings at least twice per year. That said, many insurance plans allow for you to keep up preventively with your oral health by going every 3 months, or 4 times each year. No matter which regimen best fits your needs (and schedule), regular exams and professional cleanings can help to ensure optimal oral health. At Wilmette Dental, our team consistently provides high-quality dental cleanings and thorough preventive exams.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Professional cleanings rid the teeth of harmful plaque that can ultimately lead to tartar build-up. This is important for preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and many other oral health issues that accompany any unattended hygienic habits. In other words, the less you take proactive measures now, the more you’ll be taking reactive steps later in life for far more expensive treatments like root canals, tooth extractions and dental implants.

Take a moment to think about your own habits over the last few years, or even the past 10 years. Those decisions to get routine cleanings, brush regularly, and floss often have likely spared you thousands of dollars. If, unfortunately, you wavered a bit on the consistency factor, you may have experienced a mouthful of fillings, likely root canals and more. That’s okay though! Even if you’re a late bloomer, getting into a healthy oral hygiene routine can drastically change the trajectory of your oral and overall health and we’re here to help!

Did you know that additionally, a professional cleaning by our hygienist may even remove some surface stains? This can help keep your teeth looking whiter and brighter.

What happens at a Dental Cleaning with Wilmette Dental?

During your examination, we will also:

  • Evaluate your overall oral health
  • Discussoral hygiene practices and habits
  • Check your bite and jaw for any issues
  • Laugh a little, or a lot
  • Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, gum disease
  • Perform an oral cancer screening
  • Consider any issues with hot or cold sensitivities
  • Evaluate existing tooth restorations
  • Take dental x-rays if necessary

Bacteria is one of the primary things we must address in preventive activities like teeth cleanings. A mouth that falls victim to heavy bacteria then becomes host to many other issues that can slip below the gum line. If you haven’t had a teeth cleaning in some time, consider doing so today. Symptoms can unsuspecting until it’s too late to do anything about it, causing emergency root canals, Cracked Tooth Syndrome, or even a requirement to pull the entire tooth.

Regular professional dental cleanings and exams are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

Contact us to request an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning.