Frequently Asked Questions

What areas does Dr. Malik serve?

Dr. Malik is a downtown Glenview dentist, conveniently located by shopping and dining, in the heart of beautiful Glenview. Dr. Malik also has patients from Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, and many other cities in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

How often should I brush my teeth?

It is recommended you brush your teeth after every meal or snack to reduce the buildup of bacteria and prevent cavities. Since this is not always convenient or possible with today’s busy lifestyles, try to make it a point to brush your teeth at least twice a day, upon rising in the morning and before going to bed in the evening.

When should I change my toothbrush?

It is recommended you replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner of the bristles on your brush begin to fray.  If you have just recovered from a cold or other illness replace your brush as soon as you begin to feel better.

How do I schedule my next checkup?

There are three convenient ways you can schedule your next checkup. Please call our office at (847) 724-1771, send us an email or select your desired time online. We will then call you back with options and confirm your appointment.

When should my child start seeing a dentist?

According to the latest guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the eruption of their first tooth. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.

How often should I see the dentist?

If you are not experiencing any issues with pain, bleeding gums or other dental health problems, it is recommended you see your dentist every 6 months for ongoing care and checkups.

How do I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?

The best way to keep your teeth healthy between checkups is to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss between teeth daily, limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, drink alcohol only in moderation and refrain from smoking or using other tobacco products.

If my teeth feel fine, do I still need to see a dentist?

Yes!  By seeing your dentist every 6 months your dental team can check for “hidden” problems you may not realize you have. Small cavities can form in the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth and may only be found through a professional exam. If left untreated, these cavities can get worse, needing more extensive treatment. This will help prevent problems down the road before they become larger and more expensive to correct.

Why is visiting the dentist important?

Not only do regular dental visits help maintain a healthy and attractive smile, but it also gives your dentist an opportunity to check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages, such as cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Regularly visiting the dentist allows him or her to find early signs of disease.

What insurances does Dr Malik accept?

Scott Malik D.D.S. accepts all major insurances including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Aetna, Cigna, and many more.

I do not have dental insurance, so how can I manage my costs?

Ask us about our in-house discount program!

What dentistry services does Dr Malik provide?

Dr. Malik is a general dentist who provides a variety of dental services, including treating cavities, performing root canals and cleaning teeth. The office also does cosmetic and implant dentistry as well as periodontal therapy to keep your gums healthy.  Additionally, Dr. Malik treats TMJ, or Temporomandibular joint disorder, to relieve acute or chronic jaw pain.

Should I have a dental appointment during the pandemic?

We are taking numerous safety precautions. National, state, and local recommendations are frequently updated, please check often for the latest information.

My question is not on this list.

Our Glenview-based office is happy to answer questions and work with you toward achieving the best possible oral health. Please feel free to stop by, or contact us online or by phone at 847-724-1771. Don’t let your questions or dental conditions fester, make your appointment today!