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Family Dental Care

Your Path to Better Dental Health

For over twenty years, generations of families have trusted Vestavia Hills dentists Dr. Diana Wood and Dr. Melanie Spooner with their oral health.

Your smile is the very first thing that people notice about you - your first impression. A smile, however, is much more than just part of your appearance - unlike your hairstyle or sense of fashion, keeping your smile healthy is also important to your overall health.

It's not just a cleaning…

Don't underestimate your regular dental cleaning! During your routine dental hygiene visits, your family dentists, Dr. Wood and Dr. Spooner, will perform a thorough exam of your teeth and gums to look for signs of oral cancer, dental decay, oral infection and periodontal (gum) disease.

As part of your complete dental examination, your dentist may recommend digital dental x-rays to look for cavities and to assess the health of the bone and gum support between the teeth. Early detection helps minimize treatment and avoid emergencies.

The Wellness Connection to Dental Health

Ongoing research continues to point to bacteria that cause gum disease and oral infections as linked to complications for patients with diabetes and heart disease, and a factor in strokes and pre-term or low birth weight babies.

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…Did You Know?

An estimated 75% of Americans have some form of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is a progressive disease that begins when harmful oral bacteria cause an infection in the gums. As the infection spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become damaged. If left untreated, periodontal disease can break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out.

  • Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
  • Common signs of periodontal disease are bleeding and swollen gums, chronic bad breath and receding gums.
  • In most cases, periodontal disease does not hurt.

At your dental checkup, our dentists and dental hygienists will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Combined with diagnostic dental x-rays, this process will help reveal any abnormal ‘pockets’ which are an indication of areas of gum disease in need of treatment.

If periodontal disease is present, we may perform non-surgical gum therapy in our office, or, refer you to a Periodontist (gum specialist) for your care.

Keep Smiling with Family-Friendly Dentistry at our convenient Birmingham Location

If you are looking for a dentist near you that provides outstanding service and comprehensive care for children and adults, Dr. Wood and Dr. Spooner would be honored to be your new family dentist!

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