preventive Dentistry in CHICAGO

Why Does Preventive Dental Care Matter?

Routine six-month teeth cleanings and oral exams at Gleam Dental Studio are important for patients of all ages, and from all walks of life. Cleanings and exams form the core of preventive dentistry, which is concerned not with treating oral diseases, but completely preventing their occurrence through high-quality in-office and at-home dental care.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Korkus is here to provide you with the expert preventive care you need. As a conservative dentist, he will always work to maintain your oral health, prevent gum disease and cavities, and protect your smile. Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

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Did you know…

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Cavities are the single most common preventable chronic disease in both children and adults. Great at-home oral hygiene and regular, six-month preventive dentistry visits can completely prevent tooth decay and cavities!

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What To Expect At Your Preventive Dentistry Appointment

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X-rays

New patients will need x-rays to check for hidden oral health issues. After this, x-rays are usually recommended every 1-2 years.

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Teeth cleaning

A dental hygienist will gently scrape your teeth to remove plaque and tartar, buff and polish your smile, and floss to remove any remaining food debris and other material.

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Oral exam

Dr. Korkus will examine your mouth closely to look for signs of gum disease, cavities, teeth grinding, and other oral health issues, and will also check on the integrity of dental restorations like fillings, crowns, and more.

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Discuss your results

When your oral exam is over, Dr. Korkus will discuss his findings with you, let you know if you have any conditions that require a follow-up, and answer any questions you have about your oral health and at-home dental care.

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Follow-ups

You’ll schedule your next cleaning and oral exam or any other required follow-up treatments, then head home with a bright, healthy smile.

Preventive Treatment Options

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Cleaning & Hygiene

Teeth cleanings are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. Seeing an oral hygienist and a dentist every six months ensures that minor stains, plaque, and bacteria can be removed from your teeth, and that your smile remains healthy and strong.

Good at-home oral hygiene is also important. Make sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride-based toothpaste, and floss once per day to get rid of food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone. Please visit Gleam Dental Studio for preventive dentistry in Chicago. We are located at

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can usually be done as part of a six-month oral exam at our office. In this treatment, Dr. Korkus will gently brush a fluoride-rich varnish, gel, or paste onto your teeth. This helps strengthen your teeth, attracting minerals like calcium to your enamel. Regular fluoride treatments are highly effective at cavity prevention.

Dental Sealants

Sealants are commonly recommended for kids, but may be appropriate for cavity-prone patients of all ages. In this treatment, a thin layer of liquid resin is applied to your rear teeth and hardened using UV light. This creates a solid barrier that halts cavities by protecting your teeth from bacteria, food particles, and acid. Sealants usually last 5+ years.

Periodontal Care

Dr. Jeffrey Korkus provides excellent periodontal care for patients who suffer from gum disease, including deep cleanings (scaling & root planing), routine periodontal maintenance, and more. With our help, you can halt or even reverse gum disease and maintain a healthier mouth.

Oral Cancer Screenings

We provide oral cancer screenings as part of every routine oral exam. Dr. Korkus will look for common signs of cancer like discolored and irregular patches of tissue. While oral cancer is rare, routine screenings give you peace of mind, particularly if you are high risk due to smoking, excessive sun exposure, and other oral cancer risk factors.

Did you know…

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Regular flossing allows you to clean an additional 40% of your tooth surface.

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Have questions about preventive dentistry? Find answers here.

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What’s the proper brushing technique?

You need to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. While brushing, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and gums, and use small, circular strokes to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. You should spend about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth.

In addition, remember to replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, and to use an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride.

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How do you floss correctly?

First, unroll about 18-24 inches of floss. Wind most of the floss around the index or middle finger of one of your hands. Then, wind the last few inches around the index or middle finger of your opposite hand. 

Use your thumbs to pinch a 1-inch section of floss between your fingers. Gently move this section of floss between your teeth with a rocking motion. When the floss reaches your gumline, hug the floss against one of your teeth to create a “c” shape and move it up and down to dislodge plaque and bacteria. Do the same motion against the adjacent tooth to clear below both sides of the gum. 

Next, gently remove the floss from between your teeth. Wind a new 1-inch section of floss between your fingers, move to the next tooth, and repeat. Dr Jeffery Korkus is also happy to show you how to floss at Gleam Dental Studio in Chicago.

What's the difference between prophylactic cleanings and periodontal cleanings?

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Prophylactic cleanings are required for all patients and are important for preventive dentistry.They are the regular cleanings you get every 6 months at your dental appointments. During most cleanings, your dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from your teeth, buff and polish them, and then floss your teeth to remove any residual debris.

Periodontal cleanings are different. They’re only needed if you have periodontal or gum disease. This process, also known as a “deep cleaning” is done in two appointments, usually with half of your mouth cleaned at each appointment. Your dentist will scrape away plaque and tartar from between your teeth and gums, and smooth the roots of your teeth to eliminate pockets that trap bacteria. Unless you have gum disease, you won’t need a periodontal cleaning.

Is preventive care covered by dental insurance?

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Most dental insurance policies will cover at least a portion of basic preventive care, and usually 100% is covered. Preventive care treatments include prophylactic teeth cleanings every 6 month, any necessary x-rays (usually once a year), and an annual or biannual dental exam performed by your dentist. For children, dental insurance policies may also cover the cost of optional preventive treatments, like dental sealants and fluoride treatments. 

However, insurance policies do differ and it’s up to the patient to understand their coverage. Make sure you consult with your provider so you know exactly what’s covered and what will likely be out-of-pocket.

Did you know…

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Over 90% of American adults have had a cavity at some point in their lives.

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