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Dental Hygiene Specialist

Global Facial Aesthetics

Cosmetic Dentists & Implant Specialist located in River Forest, IL

Dental hygiene means maintaining a clean and healthy mouth. At Global Facial Aesthetics in River Forest, Illinois, good dental hygiene starts with regular teeth cleanings and checkups. Experienced dentists Gary Alder, DDS, FAGD, DAAPM, and Irene Skirius, DDS, lead a group of highly trained oral health professionals who can help you achieve and keep up your dental hygiene. Book an appointment online or call the office today.

Dental Hygiene Q&A

What is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene is the practice of regular oral health care with a focus on cleaning and disease prevention. The Global Facial Aesthetics professionals are dental hygiene specialists who can help you to achieve and maintain good oral health now and for the rest of your life. 

What does dental hygiene include?

Dental hygiene includes everything you need to maintain and maximize your oral health. There are several components to your dental hygiene plan at Global Facial Aesthetics, including:

Teeth cleaning

During teeth cleaning, your experienced dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your tooth surfaces and between your teeth. A standard teeth cleaning covers the whole tooth, down to the gums.

If you have periodontal disease, you may require a deep cleaning. Also called scaling and root planing, this type of cleaning removes plaque and tartar on your teeth and also below your gums. A deep teeth cleaning eliminates the bacteria trapped below your gums and smooths your tooth roots to help your gums adhere more snugly.

Dental exams

During dental exams, an experienced dentist observes your teeth and gums very carefully. They use the latest imaging technology, including digital X-rays and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), to view your mouth in extreme detail while minimizing your radiation exposure. 

An oral cancer screening is a routine part of your dental exams. Depending on your situation, you may need a more extensive oral cancer exam, in which your dentist takes a small tissue sample to test it for malignant cells. 

Oral care at home

Although professional dental care is very important, what you do at home is equally crucial. Your Global Facial Aesthetics providers can teach you effective brushing methods, recommend the best oral hygiene tools for home use, and prescribe special mouthwashes or other treatments when needed. 

With this proactive approach to dental hygiene, you can keep your teeth and gums in the very best health. 

How often do I need dental hygiene appointments?

Global Facial Aesthetics generally recommends teeth cleanings and checkups every six months. If you have periodontal disease, several cavities, oral cancer, or other oral health problems, your specialists may recommend professional dental hygiene appointments more frequently. 

Global Facial Aesthetics works hand-in-hand with you to put your dental hygiene first. Click the online appointment scheduler or call to arrange your appointment today.