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Hygiene Services
Our Hygiene Team plays a vital role in our practice - they are the front line of support to help maintain the health of your smile and uncover early warning signs of disease.

Regular Visits are Important to Good Dental Health
A proper health maintenance regimen for your smile will include regular visits every 3-6 months to see one of our hygienists for routine cleanings, necessary xrays and a thorough update examination by Dr. McDonald. We may also recommend preventive services such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay.

Periodontal Disease - Hidden Health Risks
Periodontal Disease (formerly known as Pyorrhea) is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed. 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.


Common signs of Periodontal Disease are bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath,
receding gums or "loose" teeth that do not have a history of trauma.

Progression of Periodontal DiseaseStress, smoking and poor nutrition can be contributing factors to gum disease. Recent studies also indicate that there is a link between the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and preterm low birth weight.
If detected early, periodontal disease can often be treated in our office with nonsurgical treatment supported by effective home care and regular follow-up by our clinical team. In some cases, surgical procedures may be required to treat bone loss or areas of advanced infection which we may refer to a gum specialist, or Periodontist.

Prevent this Destructive Disease Contact Us to schedule your Complete Dental Examination which includes a thorough Periodontal Health Assessment.

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Leanne McDonald, DMD, MAGD  ·  325 East Pushmataha Street  ·  Butler, Alabama 36904  ·  Ph. 205.459.5535
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Leanne McDonald, DMD, MAGD is a General Dentist located in Butler, Alabama. We proudly serve patients in the west Alabama
and east Mississippi area, including Choctaw and surrounding counties, Tuscaloosa and Meridian.

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