We feel that every patient in our practice deserves to have a smile they can be proud of. We are excited to offer our patients a unique program we call Forever White.
When you come to our office for your preventive examination, x-rays and cleaning, we will provide you with custom bleaching trays and materials for a onetime enrollment fee. Then, at each recommended preventive visit, we will give you a complimentary touch up kit of bleaching gel. This ensures that you will be able to keep your teeth bright and beautiful for life!
All we ask in return is:
- You keep your six month preventive visits current
Your long term dental health is as important to us as it is to you. Our patients have found that these six-month visits help greatly reduce emergencies. That is why we are happy to provide this extra bonus for our patients who are committed to their dental health.
- Provide at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or change an appointment. In order to provide exceptional services like Forever White to all of our patients, we ask that you give us the courtesy of advance notice for schedule changes.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and look forward to seeing your bright smile for many years to come!
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontal (gum) disease starts when the gums become inflamed due to bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. Plaque is the most common element causing gum disease.
Unlike most diseases that yield early warning signs, periodontal disease progresses silently and generally causes no pain. It may advance slowly or quickly. Generally, over half of all persons over the age of 18 at least experience the early phases of the disease. In addition, three out of four persons over the age of 35 suffer from the condition to some degree. Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
Studies indicate that the occurrence of heart disease is nearly twice as high in persons with gum disease. Studies also suggest that the most typical strain of bacteria in plaque may cause blood clots to form. There is a correlation with the presence of blood clots in the bloodstream and an increase in the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Persons diagnosed with gum disease (more than half of the adult population), have an infection that stimulates chronic inflammation of the gums, and also results in bacteria entering the bloodstream.
Recent research suggests the connection between heart disease and periodontal disease is at least as strong as the linkage of heart disease to smoking, weight and cholesterol.
Periodontal disease may also increase the risk of:
- Lung disease
- Respiratory disease
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.
Early signs of Periodontal Disease
- Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
- Gums that bleed while brushing
- Tooth loss or tooth movement
- Consistent bad breath
- Partials or dentures do not fit properly
- Pus between teeth and gums when the gums are pressed
- “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
At Alabama Family Dental we can help you understand gum disease and recommend ways to prevent it. During your recare appointment, we can quickly and carefully examine and monitor the condition of your gums. Bleeding or spaces between the teeth and gums that are deeper than usual indicate gum disease. Our doctors will recommend a treatment plan to prevent further damage of your gums and bones, and then provide a homecare regimen to suit your dental needs.