Family & Preventive Dentistry in Glenview IL
At Gallery Park Dental, we offer a full range of general and family dentistry treatments, but we understand that the most important aspect of our patients' oral health is preventive dentistry. Stopping a problem before it begins is always better, which is why we place such a strong focus on preventive dental care, including regular examinations, professional cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments.
Sealants and Fluoride
Protecting the developing teeth of our younger patients is important. We recommend regular fluoride treatments for children to help protect both baby teeth and permanent teeth as they grow and develop. Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and prevent decay, and can even reverse early stages of decay by remineralizing the affected enamel.
Adult patients can also benefit from fluoride treatments, particularly adults who are susceptible to decay, have exposed tooth roots due to receding gums, or have reduced saliva due to disease or as a side effect of some medications. We analyze each patient's circumstances and will recommend fluoride to those adult patients we believe can benefit most from the treatment.
Sealants are a thin cover applied to the teeth, most frequently the permanent molars and premolars of children. The sealants offer an additional barrier against decay on these back teeth, which can be difficult to reach when brushing and tend to have many pits and surfaces where bacteria can accumulate.
It's important to practice good oral healthcare at home by brushing and flossing daily, but even the most diligent brusher won't be able to reach every surface of their teeth. This is why we recommend a professional cleaning in our Glenview office at least once every six months.
Regular dental cleanings help minimize the buildup of tartar, the hard yellow plaque that can accumulate on teeth. Tartar that is left on the teeth offers an ideal home to bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay as well as gum disease. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing alone: it requires the special tools used by our dental hygienist.
In addition to a professional cleaning every six months, we recommend a full oral examination. Regular exams give us the opportunity to catch dental problems while they're still small, allowing us to utilize more conservative treatments. Conservative dentistry not only keeps our patients' teeth healthier and stronger, but also saves them money and time.
During the examination, our Glenview dentists will perform x-rays, if necessary, and clinically inspect teeth and gums for any signs of decay or tissue inflammation. If issues are found, we will work with patients to develop a customized treatment plan.
Keeping gums healthy is crucial to a patient's oral health. Gum disease can be painful and embarrassing, causing bad breath, swollen and inflamed gums, and discomfort. Left untreated, it can also lead to infections, damaged gums, and tooth loss. We offer scaling and root planing to treat gum disease.
Preventive Care Now Helps Minimize Future Problems
If you are overdue for a routine dental exam and cleaning or if you have any questions about your oral care routine, contact our Glenview dental office today to schedule an examination.