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Ask your hygienist
We practice what we preach. In fact, proof of our commitment to optimal preventive oral health care can be seen in our wonderful hygienists who are licensed primary oral health care professionals. Their goal is to help you to achieve and maintain optimal oral health through diagnostic assessment, prevention, and education. Here’s how your hygienist develops your personalized dental hygiene plan of care based on your needs.
Assessment – Reviewing your medical and dental history. Examining your teeth for decay, visually and with radiographs. Examining your gum tissue. Assessing your biting, chewing, and swallowing patterns. Evaluating your dental readiness for procedures including cosmetic smile enhancements. And, reassessing your overall treatment.
Prevention – Screening for oral cancer with clinical measurements, radiographs, and other assessment methods. Applying fluoride and sealants. Cleaning and scaling teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains.
Education – Instruction about brushing and flossing. Counseling about diet and lifestyle and their relationship to oral health. Explanation of dental treatments, orthodontics, periodontal therapy, and cosmetic procedures.
Your hygienist is always happy to answer questions about your personalized plan of care which is imperative to your oral health. After all, proper home care including brushing, flossing, and healthy eating are a crucial part of preventive dentistry. So, make sure to ask even a seemingly unimportant question. You may be surprised how important it really is!
Meet Dr. Hetal Patel
After earning his doctorate and practicing in India for several years, Dr. Patel came to the United States and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from UIC in 2007. Because he has a true desire to help everyone feel more confident in their appearance, Dr. Patel devotes much of his free time to advancing his skills through continuing education. Bringing you the most convenient and comfortable options for your care is his priority.
Choosing dentistry as a career was an easy choice for Dr. Patel. He has always excelled at math and science, and helping people achieve the optimal oral health that supports your whole health is his way of making the world a better place – one person at a time. With a gentle demeanor and an infectious smile, Dr. Patel can help you feel secure and relaxed – and you may find yourself laughing at a joke or two that he always has at the ready.
Dr. Patel and his wife Komal have three very active children who keep them busy, but when he has time, he loves to play golf. Traveling with his family is another joy and his favorite destination to date is the beautiful rolling landscapes of Scotland. An active community member, Dr. Patel can often be found volunteering at local health fairs or donating his services to the underserved as a dentist in Lisle, IL. Each November he holds a special day to provide our veterans with much-needed dental care.