Maintain Your Oral Health with Preventive Dentistry in Downers Grove
Checkups & Cleanings
Despite how well you brush and floss each day, dental problems can still gradually develop and cause harm in ways that may not be noticeable to untrained eyes. That’s why scheduling regular examinations and hygiene sessions with your trusted dental team on a regular basis is an absolute must.
At Esplanade Dental Care, we strongly suggest that you plan to visit at least twice each calendar year, or once per six months. One of our dentists will thoroughly review your smile’s current state and recommend any treatment options they deem necessary to correct existing concerns. Then, our talented hygienist will address any plaque and tartar accumulations with an in-depth cleaning, reducing your risk of tooth decay.
Dental sealants are a simple preventive service that can keep vulnerable teeth safer over time, especially in younger patients. The back teeth have deep grooves in their chewing surfaces that are likely to attract stray food particles over time, and their tricky location in the back of the mouth is more difficult to reach properly with the toothbrush. As a result, cavities can easily develop. Our dentists may recommend the placement of tough, plastic-based sealants that cover the tooth and reduce the risk of this harmful process.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Are any of the following symptoms familiar to you?
- Chronic jaw pain
- Constant headaches
- Teeth that appear flattened and/or worn-down
- Increased dental sensitivity
- Jaw muscles that are overly tired or tight
- Damaged soft tissue on the inside of the cheek
If so, bruxism (habitual teeth grinding/clenching) could be the culprit. This oral health condition is very common and likely to occur while the patient is asleep and unaware. Thus, our dentists may be the first ones to notice the harm you’re doing to your smile. We can prescribe a custom-made nightguard that blocks the rows of teeth from meeting, resulting in well-protected teeth and more peaceful rest.
VelScope Oral Cancer Screening
VelScope is an advanced lighting technology that is used to screen for oral cancer. The lights within the room will be dimmed and a visual examination of the mouth is made using the VelScope examining tool. The process is pain-free, quick, and easy; abnormal tissue that may be at risk appears white under the light while healthy tissue appears dark. Detecting potential problem areas early greatly reduces the risk of disease developing within the tissue, and so the VelScope is an extremely effective and important tool.
Fluoride is a mineral that’s often found in foods, oral hygiene products, and even the water in your kitchen tap at home. The effects of fluoride on oral health have been studied for many years, and findings show that regular exposure to the mineral is likely to result in stronger, healthier teeth that are less prone to decay. During your exam, our team members may suggest professional fluoride treatment as a supplement to keep your smile safer. The process will only take a few minutes of your time and can benefit children and adults alike.