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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Cleanings & Exams

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We understand that choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision and you want to make the best choice. Here are some of the most common questions we receive in our office.

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Dental Cleanings & Exams

Professional teeth cleanings are essential to your long-term oral health. It allows a dental professional to rid your teeth and gums of the bacteria and tartar that lead to tooth decay and gum disease—your toothbrush and floss alone are not enough.

Here’s what happens during a routine dental cleaning in Aurora, IL.

A Thorough Dental Exam

Your hygienist starts by checking your teeth and gums for signs of decay or inflammation, respectively. If an issue is noted, your hygienist alerts the dentist. If everything looks good, we move on to the next steps.

Tartar and Bacteria Removal

Your hygienist relies on special instruments to get rid of the very ingredients that cause common oral health conditions, including gum disease and tooth decay. This is a noninvasive—even relaxing—undertaking.

Following this, your hygienist may brush your teeth and provide you with comprehensive flossing.

The final step is a thorough rinse to rid your mouth of all the freed debris from your teeth and gums.

If you’re prone to cavities, your hygienist may provide a fluoride treatment to lower your risks.

Is It Time for Your Teeth Cleaning in Aurora, IL?

Your Aurora, IL dentist recommends two dental checkups and teeth cleanings per year. If you’re due, reach out to a team member today to schedule an appointment.

We recommend our patients come into our dental office twice a year for a dental cleaning and check-up. During the business of life, it is easy to put off your routine cleanings, and many patients wonder how important they actually are.

What Cleanings Can Do for You

The benefit is twofold. Firstly, routine cleanings will remove built-up plaque that has hardened onto the sides of teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are not sufficient to remove plaque, and the build-up of plaque over time can lead to many dental issues, such as periodontal disease. 

The second benefit is that it allows the dentist to conduct an exam. They can recreate a profile of your dental health and monitor your mouth for small changes between appointments.

This allows dentists to catch issues early to help mitigate and prevent them before they become even larger issues. During your check-up, the dentist may recommend things like routine x-rays to get a full picture of your dental health.

This exam can catch early cavities, signs of gum disease, and even some oral cancers. 

Dental cleanings are about more than your oral health. Having a strong set of teeth and healthy gums are foundational for a strong and healthy body.

North Aurora Dental Cleanings

Visit Prairie Dental Care and see why our patients love Dr. Christine Wang and Dr. Xiaoyu Ma for their expert care and friendly service. Contact us today to schedule a time for a cleaning.

When it comes to teeth cleanings, Drs. Christine Wang and Xiaoyu Ma follow recommendations established by the American Dental Association. Their guidelines call for dental checkups and teeth cleanings every six months.

Of course, if you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease, we adjust this schedule to better meet your needs and save your teeth.

The reason your Aurora, IL dentists recommend professional teeth cleanings is because your toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach all areas of your mouth, and they are not sufficient for removing stubborn tartar and bacteria.

When we remove these ingredients from your teeth, it’s like a do-over for your oral health. The components that collect between dental visits are removed. This significantly lowers your risks for cavities and other complications.

The teeth cleaning itself is noninvasive and even relaxing. You simply recline in one of our cozy chairs while our hygienist takes care of your smile.

For Professional Teeth Cleanings in Aurora, IL, Contact Us

Our dentists serve all locations, including Aurora, North Aurora, Sugar Grove, Geneva, Batavia, Oswego, and Montgomery, IL. Our team members also speak fluent English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Reach out today to arrange your next checkup and teeth cleaning and talk to a team member about third-party financing through CareCredit and our Saturday hours by appointment.

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