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Dental Checkups – Skokie, IL

We Are Always Happy to See Your Smile!

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In addition to brushing your teeth and flossing at home, regular dental checkups in Skokie are critical to maintaining a healthy smile. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends an oral exam and cleaning every six months.

Whether you just moved to town and are searching for a new dentist or are a returning patient, we are happy to welcome you to North Shore Family Dentistry for your next dental exam and cleaning. Here is what you can expect when you hop into our dentist’s chair for some preventive oral care.

Refresh Your Smile with a Professional Cleaning

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Every routine checkup at North Shore Family Dentistry begins with a thorough dental cleaning to remove harmful plaque and tarter from your teeth. Even if you clean your teeth every day at home, plaque and tartar can accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your mouth where your toothbrush cannot reach.

Using special tools, our experienced dental hygienists will first carefully remove hardened bacteria one tooth at a time – this a process called scaling. Next, we will expertly floss deep between your teeth to remove any leftover plaque. Finally, we will clean your teeth with a gritty toothpaste that scrubs and polishes them, ensuring that you will walk out of our doors feeling refreshed!

What to Expect from a Dental Exam

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After your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, Dr. David Schwartz will perform a visual and manual examination of your teeth, gums and the tissues inside your mouth.

Using a small angled mirror and other dental instruments, they will carefully check the spaces between the teeth and gums for early indications of gum disease and look for signs of tooth decay, inflammation and other serious oral infections and diseases.

If it has been awhile since your last dental checkup, Dr. Schwartz may also take X-rays of your teeth in order to detect hidden cavities and other problems invisible to the naked eye. At North Shore Family Dentistry, we utilize digital X-rays, which produce high-resolution images in just seconds while using considerably less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.

Why Regular Dental Checkups are so Vital

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Diligently brushing your teeth and flossing at home every day can go a long way toward preventing tooth decay and keeping other oral health problems at bay. However, even if you practice excellent oral hygiene at home, regular dental checkups are still vital to maintaining a healthy smile. Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t skip routine visits to a dentist in Skokie:

  • #1: Increased Risk of Tooth Decay – Even if you brush twice a day, harmful plaque and tartar can accumulate in those hard-to-reach places in your mouth, eventually leading to tooth decay.
  • #2: Increased Risk of Gum Disease – A dentist can detect the subtle signs of gingivitis and take appropriate steps to treat gum disease before it progresses further.
  • #3: Oral Cancer Goes Undetected – Our expert dentist looks for signs of oral cancer during every dental checkup. The chances of overcoming the potentially deadly disease are greater when it is detected early on.

Regular preventive care will keep you smiling for many years to come. To request your next dental checkup and cleaning at North Shore Family Dentistry, give us a call today!