Gingivitis treatment in Austin, TX
Have you heard the expression “long in the tooth?” Teeth don’t get longer as we get older, but periodontal disease causes receding gums, making the teeth look longer. That adds years to your face at any age, and poses serious dental and health threats. Gingivitis treatment from Austin, TX holistic dentist, Dr. E. Griffin Cole, helps you maintain healthy gums and teeth.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It occurs when harmful oral bacterial overpopulate, forming a sticky film of plaque. These micro-organisms release toxins as they feast on sugars and starches. This irritates gum tissue, leading to inflammation and infection. If not removed, plaque hardens into tartar at the gum line, worsening the problem. Diabetes, pregnancy, certain medications, and genetics influence propensity to develop gum disease. However, negligent hygiene and smoking are the primary factors.
Do you have gingivitis?
There is often no pain associated with gingivitis. Yet your immune system is fighting this infection 24/7/365. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential in preventing gingivitis from advancing to periodontitis. Please see Dr. Cole right away if you notice:
- Chronic bad breath.
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth.
- Red, purplish, or blotchy gum color.
- Puffy, spongy, or shiny gum tissue.
- Blood when you brush or floss your teeth, or on your pillowcase in the morning.
- Tenderness of gum tissues.
Much more than receding gums
Initially, gingivitis may affect only a localized area of the mouth. Without treatment, the entire mouth becomes affected. Gums lose their seal to teeth, exposing root surfaces and forming periodontal pockets where more bacteria flourish. Damage eventually impacts ligaments and bone, causing teeth to become loose. As they fall out or must be extracted, bone mass diminishes. The face develops a sunken appearance. Speech and chewing ability are significantly impacted. Bacteria enter the bloodstream, triggering systemic inflammation linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, increased risk of stroke and heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, and other grave conditions.
With gentle ozone therapy, topical antibiotic treatment, and regular professional cleanings, gingivitis can be reversed.
Call (512) 472-3565 to learn more or to schedule gingivitis treatment at E. Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD in Austin, TX.