80% of the American population has some form of gum disease. More teeth are lost due to gum disease than tooth decay. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that can be prevented. Alabama Family Dentistry’s patients are checked closely for periodontal disease. If there are signs of periodontal disease, and your disease process is not too advanced, Alabama Family Dentistry has special nonsurgical programs to assist you in gaining control of your problem. Routine dental check-ups are vital to keeping your smile healthy. Patients who wait too long between check-ups and regular cleanings are usually the ones who encounter the most difficult dental situations.
Warning signs of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth
- Gums are red, swollen, or tender
- Gums are pulling away from your teeth
- Pus between teeth when gums are pressed
- Teeth loose and separating
- There are changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
- Persistent bad breath
The dental teams at Alabama Family Dentistry can help you better understand periodontal disease and how you can prevent it. They can quickly check and monitor the condition of your gums during your dental checkup. Your dentist may suggest a course of treatment that will help stop any further damage to your gums and bones. They will also design a home care regimen for your specific needs.
Healthy gums and a great smile go hand in hand. Part of your biannual checkup at Alabama Family Dentistry includes a thorough examination of your gums. Call us to schedule an appointment if you experience the symptoms of periodontal disease. We understand the condition and help you get the care you need. Alabama Family Dentistry has offices in Warrior, Gardendale, Birmingham/Acton Rd. and Sumiton. They also serve the surrounding communities of Morris, Mount Olive, Fultondale, Dora, Empire, Hoover, Mountainbrook, Pelham, Hayden, and Cullmar.