Welcome back to another August edition of the Perrigo Dental Care blog!

We are happy that you found our online home, and we’d love the opportunity to work with you in-person in the near future. At our Hoover, Alabama dentist’s office, we do it all from preventative exams to cosmetic dentistry solutions. And we make it easy on you.

All you have to do is visit our Patton Chapel Road office on a regular basis, and we’ll give you plenty to smile about. As you can imagine, avoiding or putting off the care you need, is never a good idea. Because when you stay away too long between visits, bad things can happen and it won’t always end well.

Cavities Can Take Hold Fast

You may not notice what is going on. There might be some sensitivity to hot or cold. There may also be some unexpected bad breath. But here’s what is really happening: all the sugars we consume feed the bacteria that causes your teeth to decay.

What’s more, the acids found in many of our foods and beverages can weaken your enamel, so that your teeth become even more vulnerable to that bacteria.

A small cavity is easy to fix with a filling. However, undiagnosed/untreated decay will eventually find its way into the soft pulp of your tooth. It could take a root canal to restore your health after that.

If the tooth is decayed to the point that it can no longer be saved, you will be dealing with an extraction followed by some sort of artificial solution like an implant.

The nice thing about having regular in-office cleanings is that our Perrigo Dental Care team can help you fight decay by removing the plaque and tartar from all the crevices in your mouth that are hard to reach and where bacteria will hide out.

Gum Disease Usually Goes Unnoticed

The regular cleanings and exams will also help protect you against gum disease. Early on, this is a reversible condition. But it also hard to detect by anyone other than a dental professional.

Coming in every 3-6 months will allow us to diagnose and treat gum disease before it gets to the point where you are losing teeth and at risk of larger infections.

Did you know that untreated gum disease has been linked to heart disease, respiratory disease, and some types of cancer? True story!

Extra Protection

When you are here, we can also set you up with extra protection in the form of fluoride treatments, dental sealants, etc. What’s more, we can screen you for oral cancer so that it can be caught sooner rather than later, should it ever emerge.

Take The Next Step!

We are a true family dental office in that we are headed up by a father-son dentist duo. As such, our family knows the importance of keeping your family healthy and happy all through life. To take the next step towards a better smile, all you have to do is contact us online today. We’ll take care of the rest!