Dental Hygiene

Healthy Smiles Begin Here

Maintaining oral health is the critical first step to your overall health. And the basics start with you – brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice each day is necessary to prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease and other oral health issues. Eating a well-balanced diet and limiting sugar snacks and drinks is also important. Finally, the dental hygienists at Jeffrey T Bonk DDS deliver the final layer of preventative care by providing bi-annual cleanings as well as your annual dental x-rays.  

Prevention is Key – Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluations

Periodontitis is a somewhat common but very preventable gum infection. Generally caused by poor oral hygiene, if left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to damaged gums, tooth loose and even jawbone deterioration. It’s also a risk factor for heart and lung disease, so avoiding it is critical.

At Jeffrey T Bonk DDS, we diagnose periodontal disease through a series of routine, non-invasive tests – many of which are performed as part of a standard dental cleaning. Based on the results of these tests, we can determine if you have periodontal disease and at what stage as well as recommend a treatment.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

There are three main stages of periodontal disease.

  • This first stage is characterized by inflamed, tender, bleeding gums and plaque build-up.
  • Stage two finds plaque hardening into calculus (tartar), gum recession, deepening gum pockets and early stages of bone loss.
  • Advanced Periodontitis. This final stage sees the destruction of gums, bone and ligament tissues as well as the loosening and loss of teeth and more severe bone damage.

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

There are a variety of treatment options for periodontal disease based on the progression. At Jeffrey T Bonk DDS, we will work with you to customize a treatment plan specific to your individual needs. We’ll maintain regular communication throughout your treatment plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan and what changes, if any, should be made. Generally speaking, treatments can include:

  • Deep cleaning or plane-ing to remove plaque and calculus
  • Prescription mouth rinse to treat bacterial infection
  • Over-the-counter fluoride treatments to help prevent tooth decay
  • Pocket reduction to reduce the depth of gum pockets
  • Bone grafting or bone regeneration to help restore bone tissue
  • Gum grafting to make thinning gums more resistant to infection and/or cover exposed teeth roots.

Once your individualized periodontal treatment has been completed successfully, we’ll work with you to transition to a maintenance program to ensure your periodontitis does not progress or return. 

Dental Cleanings – The Foundation of a Healthy Mouth

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends individuals visit the dentist twice a year. Regular exams and professional cleanings can help you achieve and maintain good oral health – as well as ensuring a bright, confident smile throughout the year.

Our team provides professional cleanings to rid your teeth of harmful plaque and tartar build-up – which is important for preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease and other oral health issues. Professionally cleaning by our trained hygienist my also remove some surface stains, ensuring your pearly whites are just that!

During your bi-annual examination, we’ll also:

  • Evaluate your overall oral health
  • Discuss oral hygiene practices and habits
  • Check your bite and jaw for any issues
  • Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer
  • Evaluate existing tooth restorations
  • Take photographs of your teeth and dental x-rays

We look forward to seeing you at your next exam.

Early Detection – Oral Cancer Screenings

It’s not often discussed, but in the United States one adult dies every hour from an oral cancer. When identified in its initial stages, treatment can begin earlier – allowing for a greater likelihood of successful treatment and halting the potential spread to other areas of the body.

At Jeffrey T Bonk DDS, we recommend oral cancer screening your bi-annual hygiene appointment. The screening includes an examination of your mouth, throat, lips, gums and tongue for any abnormalities.

Call us today to schedule your oral cancer screening or discuss it with your hygienist at your cleaning appointment.

 

Get your Guard Up – Sports and Night Guards

Athletic Mouth Guards

Just as wearing pads and helmets are an essential safety step for any contact sport, the same is true of wearing an athletic mouth guard.  

Each year, an estimate 10-40% of all dental injuries occur while playing contact sports like football and hockey, as well as non-contact sports like basketball and indoor volleyball. In fact, recent studies have found basketball players are far more likely to suffer injury to the face, mouth and teeth than football players, where contact with the ball, ground, hoop or other surfaces can cause severe damage.  

Whether you’re a professional athlete, high school or college baller, or weekend warrior, we can help. At Jeffrey T Bonk DDS, we will custom fit your mouth guard to ensure optimal protection while playing the sports you love.

Night Guards

Unconscious grinding of teeth during sleep is a condition known as bruxism. And it effects many people nightly. The cure? Wearing a night guard can help stop this nightly menace.

A night guard is a removable dental appliance very similar to an athletic mouth guard. It provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth to protect them from grinding while you sleep.

Like an athletic guard, the team at Jeffrey T Bonk DDS will custom fit your night guard to ensure your comfort and safety. At the same appointment, we’ll also discuss other ways to help reduce or eliminate night grinding such as avoiding chewing gum or consuming alcohol or caffeine – all of which have been shown to increase the risk of teeth grinding.

If you suspect you, or a family member, is a tooth grinder, contact us today to schedule an evaluation.

Seal Your Teeth – Sealants

Sealants are a highly-effective method for preventing tooth decay and cavities on your molars and premolars – areas which are highly susceptible to cavities due to the high number of grooves in those teeth. Sealants act as a barrier to protect the enamel from plaque and acids. You can expect sealant to last for several years before reapplication is needed.

Generally speaking, children get sealant on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as those teeth come in, helping protect their teeth through the cavity-prone ages of six to 14.

But sealants are not just for children’s teeth. Adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants. Application is a quick, easy process involving a liquid solution and a special curing light.

It’s important to remember, however, that sealants are not a substitute for brushing, flossing and general oral hygiene. It is simply an additional step to ensure your healthy, confident smile.

What Our Patients are Saying

Courtney MacDonald

“Friendly and wonderful office!”

Maureen Belleson

“I walked in there yesterday for my 6 month cleaning. They informed me that I didn’t have an appointment yesterday!! However, since it was 6 months from my last cleaning, THEY TOOK ME ANYWAY!!! I have no idea how I goofed the appointment date up, but all ended well!”

Katie Gonzalez

“Very friendly and spend adequate time working and explaining.”

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Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Address

525 W. Old Northwest Hwy
Suite #303
Barrington, IL 60010