Oral Care In La Grange, IL

Dental Preventive Care Services

What Is Preventative Dental Care?

Prevention is the hallmark of dentistry. The goal of preventative dentistry is to keep dental problems from occurring, so teeth remain healthy, functional and pain-free for life. Regular, professional oral health care also helps keep your teeth clean and your mouth feeling great.

At Stephen Wallace, DDS, we maintain family dental health through a hygiene schedule customized to each patient’s needs. We offer the following preventive dental care services:


  • Examination for tooth decay and cracks
  • Examination of existing restorations such as fillings, crowns and implants
  • Oral cancer screening of tongue, lips, neck, throat and gums
  • Periodontal disease evaluation, including scaling, root planing and adjunctive antimicrobial treatment as needed
  • X-rays to diagnose decay, bone loss, tumors and other issues
  • Nightguards prescribed if needed to prevent excess wear from teeth grinding during sleep
  • Occlusion (bite) analysis to check for potential problems caused by an improper bite


  • Plaque removal
  • Tartar elimination
  • Flossing
  • Polishing
  • Home care instructions

Cavity Prevention

  • Sealants on molars
  • Fluoride treatment

Children’s Services

  • First dental visit
  • School exams
  • Cavity prevention

Oral Care in La Grange, IL

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dr. Wallace’s trusted hygienists teach our patients how to properly care for their teeth to keep them healthy, which helps avoid expensive restorative treatments. Every time we see you, our team offers reminders — and instructions as needed — about brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and scheduling regular dental check-ups.  We listen to your smile goals, make recommendations for additional treatment, such as cosmetic dentistry, and answer any questions you may have. We also offer several financing options for your dental expenses.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain your smile:

  • Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent gum problems.
  • Consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a timer.
  • Floss at least once daily; be sure to floss after your last meal.
  • Rinse with mouthwash at least once daily.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for exams and professional cleanings.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask the hygienist for oral care advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it necessary to have professional teeth cleanings?

Professional cleanings are essential for removing harmful plaque and tartar buildup from teeth that regular brushing and flossing cannot remove. These routine appointments are the best way to ensure your smile stays healthy.

How often should I get a dental cleaning and check-up?

For most people with healthy teeth and gums, dental professionals recommend a cleaning and check-up every six months, or twice a year. In some cases, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to help prevent or manage gum disease or other types of dental issues.

How long does a dental check-up take?

The length of your check-up will depend on the health of your mouth. If your teeth and gums are healthy, most regular appointments take around 50 to 60 minutes, which includes a professional cleaning and exam by your dentist.

What should I avoid eating after a teeth cleaning?

During a routine cleaning, fluoride varnish is commonly applied to the teeth to help strengthen and build up enamel. It remains on the teeth for approximately 4-6 hours after it is applied. During that time, you should avoid eating any hot foods or drinks, as well as hard or crunchy foods.

How do I know if I need a dental filling?

During a regular exam, your dentist will be able to tell if you need a dental filling to treat cavities or decay. Common signs that indicate it might be time for a filling include tooth sensitivity, visible chipping or cracks and tooth discoloration.

A Great Smile Begins
with Healthy Teeth