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Your dental hygiene routine isn’t complete without routine dental cleanings. Regular teeth cleanings free your teeth from plaque and tartar buildup that can cause cavities and gum disease. If you live in Burr Ridge, Illinois, or surrounding communities, you can visit the office of Janet S. Stopka, DDS, PC, for a dental cleaning.
Your dental cleaning will start with an examination of your mouth to assess your oral health. Dr. Janet Stopka will inspect your mouth, tongue, gums, and teeth to detect signs of dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you’re a new patient or haven’t seen a dentist in a while, we’ll take x-rays to check your bone health under the gum line and look for hidden dental issues. We’ll discuss our findings with you and schedule restorative dental work if needed.
If you have no dental issues, we’ll clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar from your tooth surface and near the gum line. Tartar, also called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth over time. Your Burr Ridge dentist will use special instruments to scale your teeth for dental tartar removal. Brushing and flossing your teeth at home will minimize plaque buildup, but it won’t completely eliminate it, as there are areas your toothbrush can’t reach. That’s why you need routine dental cleanings.
Once plaque and tartar have been removed, we’ll brush your teeth using an electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste that scrubs them clean. Then, we’ll floss and polish your teeth to leave them smooth and shiny.
Forgoing dental cleanings puts you at risk of developing gum disease due to the accumulation of harmful bacteria under the gumline of your teeth. In its advanced stage, gum disease can cause:
Routine dental cleanings help preserve your tooth and gum health to keep you from losing natural teeth unnecessarily.
With over two decades of experience, Dr. Janet S. Stopka is a driven, passionate and renowned professional in the field of dentistry. Her ability to provide patient-centered care and insistence on healthy biological dentistry has created an environment of trust and comfort amongst herself and her patients.
Whilst being a patient-oriented expert, she is also a strong advocate of mercury safe dentistry and invests in the latest technological equipment to assist and reduce risk during complicated dental procedures.
She is also a progressive and keen member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology).