The Importance of Regular Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings
At the dental practice of Robert W. Hessberger, D.D.S., we provide comprehensive dentistry services, using the most sophisticated technology to perform everything from advanced diagnostic procedures to complete restorative dentistry treatment plans. We provide our patients with everything they need to have stunning smiles and solid oral health. This includes thorough dental exams and professional cleanings at our Chicago, IL office, both of which are absolutely essential to maintaining optimal oral health.
If you haven’t had an oral exam or professional cleaning within the last year, we urge you to schedule an appointment at our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.
Do You Need a Dental Exam and Professional Cleaning?
Many people who brush and floss their teeth after each meal and who have no clear symptoms of oral health problems believe that their mouths are in good shape. Therefore, they think that they can get away with not visiting the dentist regularly, at least for a few years. Unfortunately for them, they could have several problems that could be easily treated if diagnosed, but they probably won’t seek treatment until these problems produce clear symptoms, which may not happen until they reach more advanced stages. By this point, irreversible damage may already have been done.
This is why the American Dental Association recommends that people visit the dentist at least twice a year for dental exams and professional cleanings. This allows dentists to provide preventive care and to diagnose oral health issues in their earliest possible stages, when they are generally easiest to treat.
If any of the following apply to you, you need to schedule a dental exam and professional cleaning as soon as possible, even if you believe that your mouth is perfectly healthy:
- You haven’t had a dental exam or mouth x-rays in the past year.
- You haven’t had your teeth or gums professionally cleaned in the past year.
- You haven’t had your gums screened for periodontal disease in the past year.
- You haven’t had your mouth screened for oral cancer within the past year.
- You have never received information on the most effective ways to keep your teeth and gums free from bacterial plaque between visits to the dentist.
What to Expect during a Dental Exam and Professional Cleaning
When you arrive for your dental exam and professional cleaning, you will meet with Dr. Robert W. Hessberger for a consultation. He will discuss your medical and dental history with you, as well as your treatment goals and what you hope to achieve in terms of your smile.
Your professional cleaning will entail the removal of plaque and bacteria that lie beyond the reach of your toothbrush and dental floss. We will also remove tartar, the substance that plaque hardens into when it has not been removed over time. Tartar can only be removed by dental professionals.
Your dental exam will include a thorough assessment of your oral tissues, x-rays of your mouth, and periodontal and oral cancer screenings. We will also evaluate your head, neck, jaw, temporomandibular joints, and bite. If we diagnose any dental issues, we will discuss your treatment options and schedule any follow-up visits.
Learn More about Dental Exams and Cleanings
To learn more about dental exams and professional cleanings, please contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.