It is estimated that over 80 percent of adults in the United States will develop some form of gum disease in their lifetime. Fortunately, most cases of gum disease are mild, enabling our dentist Dr. John Schmid to eliminate the problem with little more than advanced cleaning.
However, when gum disease becomes more advanced, you face risks such as tooth loss or bone necrosis. You also face an increased risk of serious problems like hypertension, heart disease, respiratory issues, and Alzheimer’s disease.
We recommend you visit our Austin dentist if you notice any of the symptoms of this common problem. Bleeding, red, or tender gums are often the first indication of gum disease and should be brought to the attention of Dr. Schmid as soon as they appear.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry at 512-329-5967 to schedule an appointment.
Treating Gum Disease
The two types of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis, generally marked by tender gums that bleed easily, can often be treated through more frequent dental hygiene visits to our Austin dental office. Dr. Schmid may also prescribe medicated mouthwash to bolster your at-home routine and help protect the gums from further infection.
Periodontitis may be marked by chronic bad breath, loose teeth, puss in between teeth, and a persistent bad taste in the mouth. This more advanced form of gum disease requires scaling and root planing or laser gum therapy. Both of these treatments allow our Austin dentist to remove bacteria and plaque from below the gum line, eliminating the infection and helping protect the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
To learn more about gum disease treatment options, please contact the office of Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry online or call 512-329-5967 today. Dr. Schmid provides periodontal treatment and other general dentistry services for men and women living in Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding areas of Texas.