Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Philip Cook DDS LLC

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Wilmette, IL

You only get one set of natural adult teeth, and maintaining excellent dental health is the best way to protect them from decay and loss. Teeth cleaning is a vital component in keeping your smile looking and feeling its best. The team at Philip Cook, DDS, LLC is here to help you achieve excellent dental hygiene through comprehensive teeth cleaning services. The process is fast and easy, and Wilmette, Illinois, residents can schedule a cleaning using the online tool.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

Philip Cook DDS LLC

Why are professional teeth cleanings important?

Nothing plays a more central role in optimal dental health than regular, professional teeth cleanings. The dental hygiene professionals at Philip Cook, DDS, LLC have the skills, experience, and technology needed to keep your teeth clean.

One of the biggest reasons to come in for professional teeth cleaning is the preventive care provided during your visit.

A dental exam is part of the process and gives Dr. Cook an opportunity to see if there are any dental issues requiring treatment. Early intervention is the best way to avoid serious damage due to tooth decay, and regular dental exams help your dentist identify issues before they turn into major problems.  

No matter how diligently you brush and floss at home, there’s nothing that compares to in-office teeth cleanings. A dental hygienist can use special tools to remove tartar and plaque, which also reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

Near the end of the process, the hygienist uses a special device to polish your teeth, removing any remaining trace of plaque, as well as minor staining. This step provides that amazing, smooth surface everyone associates with a professional cleaning.

What are some conditions that can be identified in a dental exam?

Routine dental exams can reveal signs of trouble in the earliest stages, allowing Dr. Cook to devise an effective treatment plan. Here are a few issues he can identify during a routine dental exam:

  • Tooth decay
  • Oral cancer
  • Gum disease
  • Issues with any fillings, crowns, or other restorations

If Dr. Cook or another member of the team finds evidence of these or any other issues, you can schedule an appointment for further treatment.  

Does dental health impact overall health?

Most people don’t make a connection between their dental health and overall health, but in reality, the two are intimately related. Multiple studies have shown a link between poor dental health and increased rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other conditions.

The source of many health issues is inflammation, and allowing gum disease to develop leads to excessive inflammation in your gum tissue. When your cells become damaged, your body’s natural response is to isolate the area by creating swelling.

Inflammation is a necessary function, and we couldn’t survive without it. The problem arises when inflammation becomes chronic and spreads to different areas of the body. When your gums become inflamed, it may take years before you’re aware of a problem, increasing your risk for systemic health issues.