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It’s easy to justify skipping your semi-annual dental checkup when your smile looks and feels great. However, we highly encourage you to continue coming to the office for a dental exam and dental cleaning so that we can prevent or treat hidden dental problems with these four dental checkup steps:

Step 1: We take dental X-rays of your smile. By taking high-quality images of every angle of your smile, we can evaluate the integrity of your dental structures, including your teeth, gums, and underlying bone. This allows Dr. Rupal Patel and our team to detect any problem areas that could develop into a significant dental problem such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Step 2: Our dental assistant examines and counts your teeth. This dental exam evaluates the health of your teeth, gums, and bite to detect any surface decay, alignment issues, or unidentified discoloration and swelling.

Step 3: Dr. Rupal Patel reviews the results of your X-rays and dental exam. Our dentist is involved in each dental checkup to continue to get to know you as an individual and to remain current on any new developments in your oral health. If a dental problem has been revealed, Dr. Rupal Patel will provide an in-depth review of all treatment options and recommend an optimal course of action so that he and you, the patient, can create an ideal treatment plan.

Step 4: Our dental hygienist will clean and polish your smile. Our gentle hygienist can remove any lingering dental plaque or food that, if left alone, can contribute to or exacerbate dental problems such as tooth infection, tooth decay, or gum disease. During this step, we can also provide preventive measures such as fluoride treatment or dental sealants to further protect your smile.

For more information about the importance of dental checkups and to schedule your next dental checkup in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, please feel free to contact Willow Bend Dental Care at 847-870-0888 today!