Preventive Dental Care

Fluoride Treatments for Kids and Adults: Just Say Yes

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in food and water. The enamel on your teeth receives and loses minerals on a daily basis. Your tooth enamel loses minerals when acids form from plaque bacteria and sugars in your mouth. These acids attack your enamel, resulting in the loss of minerals such as fluoride. You can regain some of the lost fluoride on your enamel from certain foods and treated tap water, but [...]

By | 2018-02-23T19:26:51+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on Fluoride Treatments for Kids and Adults: Just Say Yes

7 Behaviors that Put Your Gums at Risk

Although you practice good dental care such as brushing after every meal, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly, there are certain behaviors that can put your gums at risk. In fact, according to WebMD there are some dental habits that can be quite harmful. Eating Certain Foods Many specialists agree that foods high in sugar can trigger cavities and contribute to the accumulation of plaque. Moreover, sweets can also cause certain diseases such as gingivitis. In addition, [...]

By | 2018-02-23T19:30:55+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on 7 Behaviors that Put Your Gums at Risk

Do You Really Need to Floss?

Many people find that the most tedious and unpleasant part of daily oral hygiene is flossing. A lot of patients ask if flossing is really necessary. The simple fact is that if you don’t floss to remove food particles between your teeth, they aren’t going to go away by themselves without first breaking down and causing the spread of bacteria, and that is very likely to cause gum disease and might even cause you to [...]

By | 2018-02-23T20:01:18+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on Do You Really Need to Floss?

Cancer Treatment and Dental Health

Cancer patients need to take care of their overall health to ensure that they feel their best. This includes dental health, which can sometimes be affected by cancer treatment. To keep dental and oral health problems at a minimum while undergoing treatment for cancer, you should visit the dentist before your treatment begins if possible. Starting out cancer treatment with your mouth in good health can keep oral health problems to a minimum during treatment. [...]

By | 2018-02-23T20:49:04+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on Cancer Treatment and Dental Health

Got Dental Benefits? Get Ready for the New Year

As 2015 is quickly drawing to a close, it’s a good time to think about your dental benefits. If you are due for a dental exam or cleaning, you should check to see if you have benefits remaining for the year. We recommend dental exams and cleanings twice a year for optimum oral health, and most dental plans cover these services. Familiarizing yourself with your dental benefits plan can also help you to find ways [...]

By | 2018-02-23T21:04:53+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on Got Dental Benefits? Get Ready for the New Year

Use Your Dental Benefits – 2015 Will Be Ending Soon!

Overview One of the best things that anyone can do for their teeth is to get regular dental cleanings. Two cleanings a year is what is recommended and is also what most insurance companies will cover. Investing in your dental health is one of the most important things that you can do. We are here to help our customers in any way that we can in regards to their dental health. With 2015 [...]

By | 2018-02-23T21:08:57+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on Use Your Dental Benefits – 2015 Will Be Ending Soon!

Dental Conditions and Aging

The connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, and vice-versa, has become a well established concept these days. This relationship becomes increasingly important as we age, and dental care actually becomes a more critical part of our overall health. At our dental offices in Birmingham, Gardendale, Sumiton and Warrior serving Central Alabama communities, some of the most special smiles belong to our more mature patients. We’re always happy that they have chosen to [...]

By | 2015-09-22T20:00:48+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Dental Conditions, Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on Dental Conditions and Aging

Prevent Lip Melanoma

Melanoma of the Lips is Caused by Tobacco Products, Sun Exposure, Virus and Alcohol Use. Annual Oral Cancer Screenings at Alabama Family Dentistry are Recommended. With summer quickly approaching most of us can’t wait to get outside by the pool, play sports or take a vacation to the beach. Failure to protect your skin, especially the soft tissues like your lips, could eventually lead to melanoma (skin cancer). Did you know that melanoma [...]

By | 2015-05-21T22:14:56+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Preventive Dental Care, Preventive Health Care|Comments Off on Prevent Lip Melanoma

Your Teeth Can Last a Lifetime

May is Older Americans Month, focusing on education about preventative health care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As we age, we experience changes to our bodies. It’s a fact of life. Our teeth and gums are also subject to transition, and older adults are prone to significant dental problems. You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. Food may be getting caught between your teeth where you never [...]

By | 2015-05-19T02:23:39+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Dental Conditions, Periodontal Disease, Preventive Dental Care|Comments Off on Your Teeth Can Last a Lifetime

Preventative Oral Cancer Screening

Alabama Family Dentistry Screens All Parts of Your Mouth During a Preventative Oral Cancer Exam In recent years, dental disease has been identified as an indication of more serious problems with general health. Information is being discovered linking unhealthy gums and teeth with problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. April has been designated as National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 100 new cases of oral [...]

By | 2015-04-20T17:29:58+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Preventive Dental Care, Preventive Health Care|Comments Off on Preventative Oral Cancer Screening