Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day are certainly important steps to keeping your smile beautiful , but it’s also important to schedule professional cleanings and checkups every six months. Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest wants you to know the benefits of regular cleanings and examinations and how they can improve your oral health.
Nip Potential Problems in the Bud
Regular exams allow your dentist to monitor your oral health. Dr. Fondriest can recognize any changes in your mouth and detect problems early. Treating cavities and gum disease in their early stages can preclude more complicated treatments, such as root canals or gum surgery.
With oral cancer, early detection is key. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity, including the mouth, lips, or throat. When detected and treated early, oral cancer has a relatively successful treatment rate.
If you have gum disease, also called periodontal disease, your dentist might recommend a more intensive cleaning called scaling. This non-surgical treatment involves the removal of plaque and tartar from below the gum line. A hygienist can use manual instruments to scale plaque from the teeth or ultrasonic scaling instruments with a vibrating metal tip that removes plaque.
Mouth and Body
Because total-body health is closely related to oral health, regular checkups and cleanings can help ensure your whole-body wellness. Studies have shown that keeping your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay can reduce your risk for other problems, such as diabetes.
Brighten Your Smile
Regular cleanings have a cosmetic effect, too. A hygienist can remove most surface stains from your teeth, including coffee, tea, and tobacco stains.
Schedule an Appointment
In addition to general dentistry services, such as cleanings and checkups, Dr. Fondriest offers a variety of cosmetic services, including gum lifts, porcelain veneers, and home bleaching and whitening kits. To schedule a consultation at our Lake Forest dentist office, contact us at (847) 234-0517. We serve the Chicago, Illinois area, including the North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Northfield, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Deerfield, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Gurnee, Grayslake, and Barrington.