Exams and Cleanings
At University Dental Professionals, 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.
With regular dental cleanings and exams in Chicago, Illinois, 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 or swollen, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease.
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.
Adult checkups 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
Children should begin attending bi-annual checkups by age one 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 in 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. Your dentist may recommend dental sealants and fluoride supplements during a checkup — especially for children. These preventive measures can deter tooth decay.
Call 773-684-5702 today if you have questions or would like to arrange a visit with our dentists.