Kimberly Chan, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Moskin Dental Associates

Kimberly Chan, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

Dental Hygiene (Teeth Cleanings)

Proper oral hygiene is the foundation of good overall dental health. At her Chicago practice, Dr. Chan provides the most comprehensive hygiene services to patients throughout the area. Dr. Chan offers regular dental cleanings and exams to assist patients with maintaining optimal oral health.

Dental Hygiene (Teeth Cleanings) Q & A

by Kimberly Chan, DDS

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when bacteria has accumulated in and around the gum line. Bacteria commonly hides under tartar, or hardened plaque, and between teeth. When the number of bacteria goes up, the amount of toxins they release goes up as well. This can cause gums to recede or pull away from the tooth. This cause more of the tooth to be accessible by bacteria. This can allow the bacteria to reach the tooth root and cause an infection. This in turn can cause teeth to become loose or even fall out.

Can Dental Cleanings Treat Gum Disease?

In mild cases of the disease which have not progressed very far, cleaning can help to remove the bacteria which is causing the problem. This only works when the condition is very mild however. In most cases, deeper cleaning methods such as root planing and scaling will be needed to remove the bacteria from under the gum line and the tartar. Regular cleanings can help to prevent the build up of bacteria and keep the disease from developing at all. It is better to stop the problem from occurring than treating it later.

What Occurs During a Root Planing and Scaling?

During these procedures, which are commonly used together, special instruments are employed to remove built up tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Typically, local anesthetic is used to prevent any discomfort when cleaning the gum line. Antibiotics may also be prescribed in order to kill any bacteria which couldn’t be reached.

What is Arestin Therapy?

Arestin is an antibiotic used specifically to treat gum disease. In Arestin therapy, the topical antibiotic ointment is applied directly to the affected areas and is usually done during a root planing and scaling procedure. This kills bacteria which the instruments couldn’t get to.


Insurance Providers

Moskin Dental accepts a wide variety of insurance plans.

AARP
Aetna
Ameritas
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Assurant Employee Benefits
Assurant Health
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • ZocDoc

    Every single person I came into contact with was extremely thorough. Every one of my questions was answered with confidence.

    Anonymous
  • ZocDoc

    Great doctor - very friendly, great service, thorough and helps patients understand what's being done and what needs to be done. Never had a better dentist!

    Anonymous
  • ZocDoc

    Dr. Chan and her staff are very kind and reassuring. I got my teeth cleaned and also had a cavity filled. The process was very fast with minimal pain.

    Anonymous
  • Yelp

    All the hygienists are very nice and helpful, always chatting with you to make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. They know you by name.

    Alex R.
  • Yelp

    I am a long time patient of this dental office and all I have to say is wonderful things about them.

    Danielle S.
Location
Moskin Dental Associates
5131 N Lincoln Avenue
Lincoln Square

Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 773-432-4605
Fax: 773-271-7842
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773-432-4605

Kimberly Chan, DDS
5131 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625