Dental Cleanings & Exams

At Prairie Dental Care, your Aurora, IL dentists—Drs. Christine Wang and Xiaoyu Ma—emphasize preventive dentistry for patients of all ages. This approach provides the services you need to maintain a healthy smile. And it lowers your risks for time-consuming and costly complications in the future, including cavities, gum disease, and dental infections.

The team at Prairie Dental Care wants you to enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile for life.

If you would like to schedule a preventive dental exam and teeth cleaning, your Spanish-speaking dentists in Aurora, IL is taking new patients. Contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.

Read through the questions below—the questions we hear most often—to learn more about our preventive dental services.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry provides the services you need to achieve and maintain excellent oral health.

It includes:

  • Comprehensive dental exams
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Dental x-rays periodically
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Professional teeth cleanings

Comprehensive Dental Exams

Dental exams enable your general dentist in Aurora, IL to find emerging dental issues before they become costly or time-consuming problems. For example, a small cavity is less likely to compromise your tooth's stability compared with a larger cavity later on. Your dentist can also diagnose gingivitis—a reversible condition—before it turns into full gum disease. Gum disease can mean tooth loss, ongoing treatments, and it may even threaten your systemic health. Unlike gingivitis, periodontal disease is not reversible. But treatments can help restore better oral health.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Your dentist can spot oral health changes between visits that may indicate oral cancers. This includes checking sores that do not heal, tooth sensitivity, or other symptoms. When caught early and treated, oral cancer has a better success rate as well.

Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays allow your dentist to see if anything is amiss below the surface, including emerging infections and small cavities between teeth. Dental x-rays also help your dentist plan precise treatments, including root canal therapies or advanced options like cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride varnish remineralizes tooth enamel, which helps prevent enamel wear and breakage. This can lower your risks for cavities and other dental health issues. We use fluoride treatments on adults and children, especially those who are prone to dental cavities. A fluoride treatment can last for up to six months.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants help lock debris and bacteria away from the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This is another cavity-fighting treatment that is safe for children and adults. A dental sealant can last for several years, and your dentist will check on the sealant's integrity during your regular dental checkups.  

Professional Teeth Cleanings

Your toothbrush and dental floss work hard to remove plaque and bacteria, but stubborn plaque, bacteria, and tartar require specialized tools and a dental professional. Your teeth cleaning gets rid of what the at-home brushing and flossing routine leaves behind.

Why is my dental checkup and teeth cleaning schedule so specific?

At Prairie Dental Care, your Cantonese-speaking dentists in Aurora, IL personalize your dentistry based on your oral health. Some patients come to our dental office every six months for preventive checkups and teeth cleanings. Others are on a different schedule.

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings. However, if you have periodontal disease, are prone to cavities, or have a specific oral health problem, your dentist creates a more personalized dental exam and treatment schedule for you.

Our goal at Prairie Dental Care is your healthy smile!

How can I help lower my risks for cavities and other oral health conditions?

Cavities, root infections, and periodontal disease are preventable oral health conditions, which is where preventive dentistry plays a critical role. An excellent oral care routine at home is also vital.

You should brush and floss your teeth at least two times every day, spending two to three minutes on brushing. You want to clean every tooth on all sides. And you should floss between teeth gently, following the natural curve of each tooth. Be sure to use a clean piece of floss for each tooth as well. Otherwise, you may be transferring debris. A good way to accomplish this is to wrap the floss around your fingers and release fresh threads as you move along.

You should also limit sugar and acidic foods and beverages—be sure to rinse your mouth or brush following indulgence. And never go to sleep without brushing and flossing.

If you notice oral health changes between visits, it’s important to contact our dental office to schedule an exam. Changes like tooth sensitivity or swelling can indicate decay or an infection.

You should also stop smoking to lower your risks for periodontal disease and cancer, including oral cancers.

At Prairie Dental Care, we want you to enjoy excellent oral health, and we will provide you with the tools to lower your risks for dental conditions. Besides preventive dentistry, a member of our dental team or your dentist can give you tips to optimize your brushing and flossing routine—including how you can better assist your child. Together, we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

Do you offer preventive dentistry for children?

We treat the entire family, including children, adults, and senior adults!

Typically, we like to see children around their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth. If you suspect anything unusual before these dates, contact our dental office to arrange an earlier exam.

Early preventive exams include acquainting your child with a dental office and setting, making sure teeth are coming in correctly, and checking jaw health and tongue positioning. As your child ages, we incorporate treatments and services like dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and teeth cleanings.

We want your child to enjoy the dental office and have positive associations with our team from the very first visit.

Are the dentists in Aurora, IL open on Saturday?

Yes, we provide Saturday dental hours in Aurora for your convenience. We want our patients to be able to receive care without rearranging their schedules. We also don’t want you to wait through the weekend if you have a dental emergency.

Your well-being and easy access to quality dentistry mean a lot to our team, which is why we maintain weekend hours and accept most PPO insurance plans, including but not limited to:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • United Concordia
  • United Healthcare

What Cities is Prairie Dental Care Near?

Our centrally located dental office is near Aurora and other excellent locations, including:

  • Montgomery
  • Sugar Grove
  • Warrenville
  • Oswego
  • Naperville
  • Wheaton
  • West Chicago

Our dentists in 60506 see patients from all over, however. And we invite you to join the Prairie Dental Care family.

Schedule Dental Checkups and Cleanings for the Entire Family

Drs. Christine Wang and Xiaoyu Ma, your Cantonese & Mandarin-speaking dentists in Aurora, IL, are taking new patients and can’t wait to meet your family. If you speak Spanish, we have staff on hand that are Spanish speakers.

Get in touch with a dental team member today to schedule your preventive dentistry exams. You can book with Prairie Dental Care online.