Many people feel some degree of nervousness about the health of their teeth and gums. Even so, it can be challenging to maintain adequate oral hygiene. Life is busy, and caring for our teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing often tends to be performed absentmindedly. When your goal is to keep teeth and gums in prime condition and avoid the dental problems that occur when bacteria roam freely throughout the mouth, home teeth cleaning becomes a task that requires attention to detail. In our office near Bloomington, Illinois, we work with each patient to address their unique oral health needs, providing guidance on home care.
Our teeth are susceptible to the effects of harmful bacteria. We learned as children that we should avoid sugar because it can cause cavities. In fact, sugar simply fuels bacteria, serving as the ideal food source. When fed well on sugar and food debris, bacteria produce toxic waste – acid that sits on teeth and gums, weakening these vital structures. It is this acid that leads to cavities, areas of damage within a tooth.
Xylitol is a sugar that actually tricks bacteria. The bacteria love Xylitol, but cannot metabolize it, so they die. Xylitol is now packaged in great-tasting toothpaste, floss, mouth rinse, chewing gum, and a variety of candies. You simply replace the products you are currently using with the new Xylitol products. This greatly improves the health of your teeth and gums. Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan and their staff at Eastland Dental Center are well-trained in the new Xylitol technologies and will help you enjoy the benefits of Xylitol.
Our teeth have various parts, including the enamel, which is the white shiny hard coating we view as our teeth. Beneath enamel, there is the dentin, a softer tissue, and also the pulp, which resides within the pulp chamber. With the pulp chamber is the root canal, through which the nerve of the root spans. As bacteria eat away at healthy tooth structure, there is a progression toward the inner areas of the tooth. The longer a cavity goes untreated, the closer bacteria move to the pulp chamber of the tooth. When the pulp tissue becomes infected by harmful bacteria, root canal therapy is the necessary path toward restoring health and strength to the tooth.
The entire goal of oral hygiene is to minimize the effects of bacteria. Yes, brushing your teeth gives you a bright, shiny smile. Flossing and cleaning the tongue leads to fresh breath. These activities, however, are intended for much more than that, as disease in your mouth often travels through your bloodstream and affects the health of your entire body. Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan and our skilled hygienist are dedicated to helping you avoid dental problems through preventative care. Contact us today for your dental examination and professional cleaning.
Dr. Mike completed his doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Dr. Marisa completed her doctor of dental medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2015. Both doctors have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest technologies in dentistry as well as the most current research on the oral-systemic, mouth-body connection to benefit their patients. Dr. Mike and Dr. Marisa are active members and in excellent standing with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, McLean County Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and numerous other societies.
Both doctors are avid golfers and have won several national golf tournaments over the years. They are the only father-daughter team in the state to have won the Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship. Dr. Mike in 1974 and Dr. Marisa in 2005.