One of the best ways to maintain good oral health is to follow a good oral hygiene routine. This includes daily brushing and flossing at home and scheduling routine dental cleanings. Home oral care isn’t enough to keep your teeth free from plaque and tartar, as there are areas in your mouth where your toothbrush cannot reach. That’s where dental cleanings come in. Using special dental tools, your teeth cleaning dental hygienists, and dentists, Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan can eliminate plaque and tartar from your mouth, leaving your teeth smooth and clean. If you live in Bloomington, Illinois, or a neighboring community, you can visit Eastland Dental Center for a quality dental hygiene cleaning.
People who see their dentist regularly for exams and cleanings are more likely to avoid dental issues. If your teeth are healthy, we recommend you schedule biannual cleanings. If you’re prone to cavities or gum disease, you may need to see your dentist more often to maintain good oral health. Through routine dental cleanings, you reduce your risk of:
Removing plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from your teeth protects and strengthens your tooth enamel, making your teeth less susceptible to cavities. Strong tooth enamel is a deterrent against decay and oral infections.
Professional teeth cleanings also smoothen your tooth surface, making it difficult for plaque to adhere to your tooth. Plaque and tartar build-up are leading causes of decay and dental disease.
Through routine exams, Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan can detect dental problems early when they’re easier to treat to keep them from causing permanent damage to your gums and teeth. One of these problems is early gum disease (gingivitis). If caught early enough, gingivitis symptoms can typically be reversed, and your gum health can be restored. Early treatment of gum disease protects your gums from the damaging effects of periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease involving bone loss.
Periodontitis can cause:
Although the effects of periodontitis can’t be reversed, early intervention can target the bacteria causing the disease, and make every effort to prevent the disease from progressing through deep cleanings. Deep cleanings eliminate plaque and tartar from below the gum line to prevent bone loss and save your teeth. Removing plaque and tartar paves the way for your gums to heal.
Another benefit of keeping periodontitis in check is improved overall health, as periodontal disease is linked to other health issues like diabetes, heart and kidney problems, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
In short, routine dental cleanings help extend the health and lifespan of your teeth so you can smile confidently throughout your life.