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Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exams & Cleanings services offered in La Grange, IL

Dental exams and teeth cleanings are the foundation of preventive dentistry, helping you maintain your oral health as you age. Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S., and the team in La Grange, Illinois, offer dental exams and cleanings to keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to book your routine exam and cleaning today.   

Dental Exams & Cleanings Q & A

Why are dental exams and cleanings so important?

Routine dental exams allow Dr. James M. Maragos,  D.D.S. and the team to check for early signs of dental problems, which will minimize cost, and provide prompt care to reduce your risk of serious oral health issues. 

Identifying dental decay and other concerns early can help to preserve as much healthy tooth tissue as possible and limit additional damage to your smile. If you have signs of gum disease, early intervention is critical to prevent more invasive treatments. Screening for oral cancer is another important part of dental exams. 

Professional teeth cleanings remove all traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth and beneath your gumline. These bacteria are the starting point for the development of cavities and periodontal disease, so having a professional clean your teeth thoroughly is essential. 

What happens during dental exams and cleanings?

During the first part of your visit, the team performs a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. Then, during your professional cleaning, they remove plaque and tartar buildup using a scaler, a dental tool that can scrape off the sticky substances. Afterward, they use a powered toothbrush and a gritty paste to remove any lingering traces of bacteria. 

Professional flossing also ensures the spaces between your teeth and hard-to-reach places are clean. Your teeth will feel smooth and you’ll walk out of the office with a fresh smile.  After your dental exam and cleaning, you’ll have time to ask questions about any oral health topics. The team is happy to help address your dental concerns. 

How often do I need to come in for dental exams and cleanings?

Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S. and the team recommend coming in for dental exams and cleanings every six months. This schedule ensures that there aren’t any problems that can progress further to more serious stages. 

If you have tooth decay or gum disease, you may need to come into the office for more frequent exams and treatment until the issue is resolved. The team may recommend scheduling your next exam and cleaning during your visit.  

When you’re ready to come in for a dental exam and cleaning, call Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S. or schedule an appointment online today.