Preventive Dentistry

Take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy smile.

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We recommend dental checkups twice a year for patients with good oral health. This suggestion is in line with the American Dental Association’s recommendation. Your checkup will give us an opportunity to update your dental records and assess your oral health. Early treatment is always in your best interest.

Patients suffering from gum disease may require more frequent visits to maintain an optimal level of oral health.

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How we can help

An adult checkup may include these services:

  • Comprehensive Dental Inspection
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Dental X-Rays
  • Non-Radiation Spectra Caries Detection Exam
  • Bite Analysis
  • Gum Disease Assessment
  • Treatment Consultation
  • Dental Cleaning
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Children Checkups

Children should begin attending bi-annual checkups by age 1 or when their first tooth erupts from the gum line. A child’s checkup is different from an adult’s in that we may not take X-rays or photos, and we will look for development problems that may affect the child’s oral health or airway.

We will use the newest technology to assess your child’s dental health.  CariVu allows us to see dental caries or cavities between teeth, and our  Spectra Camera detects dental decay at its earliest stages. These technologies mean that we have a lesser need for X-rays and less drilling when necessary. Sometimes, we can even heal teeth that have early signs of decay instead of placing a filling.  

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Dental Cleanings

With regular dental cleanings, our team of Registered Dental Hygienists will reduce your potential for tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, plaque produces a foul odor, so when it’s removed, your breath should be fresher. If your gums are red, tender, swollen, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease.

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How we can help

To keep teeth and gums healthy, you need a dental cleaning, or hygiene visit, every six months. At this appointment, your dental hygienist will assess your soft tissues, record the findings, and compare them with your last visit. Then the hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and food particles from your teeth.

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Gum disease

Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss among adults in the US, and it has been linked to systemic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and mental dysfunction. Nearly 80% of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. If you show signs of this condition, your hygienist will recommend a deep cleaning to remove tartar buildup from around your teeth and below the gum line to help you maintain an optimal level of oral health.

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keep gums healthy and strong

Some patients benefit from special mouth rinses, antibiotic therapy, or habit changes to reduce gum disease. Regular maintenance visits are required to keep gums healthy and strong.

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You wear protective gear during sporting events – pads, a helmet, the proper shoes, and gloves. It only makes sense to take the same precautions for your mouth. A custom-made mouthguard will be created based on a dental impression of your mouth. It should fit snugly and comfortably for optimal results.  

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Over-the-counter athletic mouthguards, such as the boil-and-bite variety, can be effective. However, if you would like optimal protection and a comfortable, custom-fitted appliance, your dentist will be happy to fabricate one for you. A plastic mouth guard will be created based on a dental impression. It should fit snugly and comfortably for optimal results.

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Sealants and Fluoride

Your dentist may recommend dental sealants and fluoride supplements during a checkup – especially for children. These preventive measures can deter tooth decay.

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A dental sealant is a clear plastic coating that is painted on back teeth. It acts as a barrier against the sugars and starches that cause tooth decay. For kids, teens, and adults, sealants on hard-to-clean back teeth can greatly reduce the risk of cavities. Dental sealants wear off over time, so they may need to be replaced periodically.

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naturally occurring mineral

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and deter cavity-causing bacteria. Adults and children benefit from professional fluoride rinses.

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About Us

Since 1984, University Dental Professionals has been providing exceptional dental care here in Chicago. Located in Hyde Park, directly across from the Museum of Science and Industry, our location has made it convenient for our patients from throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana. Focused on our mission to provide the best dental services possible, our doctors utilize the most advanced state-of-the-art technologies to customize their approach, one patient at a time. As a team, we are committed to collaborating with each other to ensure the best treatment options.

Our very own in office UDP dental plan reflects our philosophical approach to prevention and oral health. With more and more studies showing the systemic effects of poor oral health, our dental plan is 100% based on prevention and maintaining your oral health. The core of our plan is our hygiene recall system and our ongoing educational pursuits keep our hygiene team at the forefront of oral health. Each and every provider participates in our UDP plan, to offer our patients the best in services and reasonable fees without any limitations.

Our experienced doctors are leaders and innovators in dentistry. They are educators, authors and well-respected clinicians highly skilled in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, All on 4 ProceduresBotox, Dental Sleep Appliances, Invisalign, and far more. Implementing digital and laser dentistry allows our patients the latest in comfortable and high-quality dentistry.

Value and Trust based…. come see what sets our team apart.

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