Everyone knows the dentist can protect your oral health, but an issue with your teeth can impact your whole body. Minor problems like difficulty chewing can cause indigestion, while major problems like periodontal disease can cause infections that spread through other parts of your body. If you’re searching for “teeth cleaning services near me,” Dr. Milligan can help. Eastland Dental Center offers patients in Bloomington, IL, a routine teeth cleaning procedure, as well as thorough exams to detect problems with their oral health.
Your mouth is the perfect place for bacteria to find a steady supply of food. The more sugary foods and drinks you eat; the more bacteria will love your mouth. These bacteria can cause serious damage to your mouth. As they feed, they create acid that can attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities. They also form plaque, a sticky biofilm that protects them from your saliva. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar and protects bacteria from your toothbrush and floss.
Additionally, the toxins they produce cause inflammation in your gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth. This allows them to penetrate deeper into your gum tissue, causing infections that destroy your gums and expose your tooth root. While gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, it’s also associated with other health issues. The infection can spread to the bone and your bloodstream, and researchers have found it in patients that suffer from heart disease, as well in the brain from patients with Alzheimer’s.
While at home hygiene can help keep these bacteria at bay, it takes training and special tools to remove tartar safely from your teeth. A dental hygienist can clean hard to reach crevices in your mouth, remove plaque and tartar below the gum line, and restore the shine to your teeth. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments can strengthen your teeth and prevent decay in harder to clean areas to keep your mouth clean and healthy longer.
During hygiene visits, we utilize top of the line technology to help us find problems in your teeth, gums, and bones. Digital X-rays give us a crystal-clear picture of your mouth in seconds, and Dr. Milligan can use them to spot tiny dental caries and provide conservative care. He will also use a VELscope to spot signs of oral cancer in the earliest stages for the best prognosis. Additionally, salivary diagnosis can detect gingivitis in the earliest stages and identify the exact bacteria causing the infection so we can use a targeted approach to destroy them.
Dr. Milligan has over 40 years of experience treating dental issues of all sizes. If he detects issues in your mouth, he can educate you on your options and form a treatment plan to restore your oral health. The Eastland Dental Center team is equipped to treat gum disease, perform extractions and dental implants, and provide root canal therapy without referring you to an outside specialist.
Neglecting your teeth can have an impact on your whole body. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Contact our office in Bloomington, IL, today at (309) 663-4711 to schedule an appointment.
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.