Preventive Dentistry – Des Plaines, IL

How We Take Care of Your Smile

Maintaining excellent dental health is all about prevention. It’s much easier to avoid cavities and gum disease – or to have them treated in their earlier stages – than it is to deal with them after they’ve already caused major damage to your smile. We encourage you to schedule checkups with Dr. Patel every six months; these visits are our best opportunity to look for the small problems before they can turn into major oral health threats.

 

Why Choose Brite Smiles for Preventive Dentistry?

  • Honest, Friendly Doctors and Staff
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
  • Flexible Hours, Minimal Wait Times

 

Dental Checkups & Cleanings

For most people who go to the dentist regularly, a normal teeth cleaning is all that is needed to keep tartar and plaque at bay. During a cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will check your teeth for damage or areas that may need special attention, then begin the cleaning process. We use a safe method of cleaning that is both gentle and effective, so when you leave, your teeth will feel great and look even better!

 

Nightguards for Bruxism

Mouthguards have been used for centuries to protect teeth, gums, and tissue from damage and impact. Some mouthguards can be purchased over the counter, but some are custom-made to fit your mouth. Your teeth are precious, and while they are still bones, they can still get damaged pretty easily. When you’re living an active lifestyle where there’s a chance of your teeth being damaged, the best thing that you can do is invest in a mouthguard to ensure they’re protected.

 

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride helps make the enamel protecting your teeth stronger, which can significantly lower your risk for cavities. Not all of our patients get enough fluoride on a daily basis, which is why we might recommend a fluoride treatment. This is a simple procedure performed at the end of a regular dental checkup where a concentrated fluoride gel or varnish is applied to the teeth. It may seem overly simple, but it could go a long way toward keeping your teeth safe from cavities.

 

Oral Cancer Screenings

You might not hear about oral cancer in the media as much compared to other cancers, but it’s no less deadly. It is extremely important to have the disease diagnosed as early as possible so that you can begin treatment before the cancer has had a chance to spread. While we can’t fully diagnose oral cancer in-house, we can check for suspicious lumps and discolored patches. If there’s anything that could point to cancer, we’ll let you know and help you take the necessary next steps.