What Should You Expect From A Checkup And Cleaning?

Open mouth of woman during checking teeth

People often see us when they begin to experience the symptoms of a problem, such as when a tooth aches. However, by seeing us for their recommended routine dental visits, they may be able to avoid discomfort, as well as the onset of common oral health concerns. What should you expect from a checkup and cleaning? When should you undergo these preventive procedures?

Dental Checkups

During a checkup, we will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw. We will use digital x-ray technology (which uses 80% less radiation) and intraoral cameras to obtain a detailed picture of your smile, including everything beneath the gums. From there, we can identify the presence of an oral health concern.

Early identification allows us to offer treatment or recommend you to a specialist, preventing the issue from growing worse and threatening the stability of your smile. You should see us every six months for a dental checkup. Issues we look for include:

  • Tooth decay and dental infection
  • Gingivitis and gum disease
  • TMJ disorder and bruxism
  • Oral cancer

Dental Cleanings

During the same visit, the doctor or one of our hygienists will perform a dental cleaning. The procedure allows us to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. By doing so, we reduce the risk of the enamel becoming weakened or the gums developing inflammation, safeguarding the smile against tooth decay and gum disease. After removing plaque, we polish the tooth for a smooth and clean finish. The teeth will appear brighter and the patient will enjoy fresher breath.

Regular Homecare

In between these visits, you should be practicing good homecare to protect your smile and limit the amount of plaque buildup that forms. We urge patients to brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day.


Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.



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