Patients in Meridian learn the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of gum disease

Learn the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of gum disease from Meridian dentist

The health of your mouth, teeth, and gums can affect your whole body. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. This chronic condition has been linked to several health conditions such as respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dr. Griffin Cole and our caring team take the time to evaluate the signs and symptoms of an oral health condition before providing an accurate diagnosis and a recommendation for the best treatment.

Meeting the needs of patients

Patients in Meridian, and beyond, seek Dr. Cole and our team for various reasons including exceptional care, unwavering ethical practices, and safe and effective treatments. During a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Cole will want to know about your signs and symptoms and when they developed. His priority is identifying the right treatment to meet your individual needs. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of gum disease, so you can seek dental care promptly. They include:

  • persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
  • red, swollen, tender gums
  • teeth that become loose

Identifying the risk factors of gum disease

Dr. Cole and our team educate patients about the risk factors of gum disease. By understanding the risk factors, patients are more aware of the ways they can prevent the condition. Factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease include, but are not limited to smoking or chewing tobacco, genetics, pregnancy, diabetes, and certain medications. Dr. Cole and our team work with patients to develop preventive care plans customized to their needs.

Providing safe treatment for gum disease

When patients are diagnosed with gum disease, we provide several treatments to protect the health of their smiles. Root planing and scaling, also known as deep cleaning, removes the tartar from above and below the gum line to get rid of rough spots where bacteria gather. We can use ozonated water during the cleanings. Ozone can also be applied by using custom-fitted Perio trays to treat infection. All of our treatments are biocompatible and proven as highly effective, utilizing the safest technology and materials. Dr. Cole and our team want to protect the health of your smile. If you have experienced signs or symptoms of gum disease, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Cole by calling (512) 472-3565.

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E. Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD Best dental office near Austin, TX

E. Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD - Advanced Biologic Restorative Dentistry
Biocompatible Focus - Integrative Approach

Biological dental care at its finest is the promise made by the team at the office of E. Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your best oral health and general well-being through comprehensive integrative dental care.

Dr. Griffin Cole earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Dental School. He has three decades of experience in dentistry and is trusted by Austin, TX residents. He was the first dentist in Texas to have a mercury-separating system in his office, and the first dentist in Austin to be certified in oxygen-ozone therapy. He’s a member of many reputed dental associations including the IAOMT, and teaches practice management and growth at the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Cole is a published author and follows continuing education programs on a regular basis. Connect with Dr. Griffin Cole on Linkedin.


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Dr. Griffin Cole has been awarded with Austin Premier Doctor Award 2019

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Wonderful doctor and staff. Full of knowledge and very kind. He does not do anything unnecessary and genuinely cares for his patients. The office is very relaxing too. Read More