Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common oral health issues in the United States. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, upwards of 80 percent of U.S. adults have or at one point have had some form of gum disease.
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The most effective way to prevent gum disease is through a consistent dental hygiene and tooth cleaningregimen complete with brushing and daily flossing, and twice-yearly visits to our Cedar Park office for professional cleanings and examinations. If Dr. Williams detects gum disease in Round Rock patients during these visits, he can provide swift and effectiveperiodontal treatment, helping you avoid more advanced stages of the disease along with the serious systemic issues untreated gum disease can result in.
To schedule an appointment with Austin general dentist Dr. Dale Williams, please call 512-782-0821 today.
Types of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease in Round Rock. Symptoms of this mild form of the disease include gums that:
- Are swollen
- Are red
- Bleed easily
In most cases, gingivitis can be treated by improving your oral hygiene routine, but prescription mouthwashes may also be necessary to completely eliminate the problem.
Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease at this stage may be similar to gingivitis with the addition of things such as:
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Pain in the gums
- Puss in between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth
Left untreated, periodontitis may result in excessive discomfort and tooth loss. This advanced form of gum disease has also been linked to systemic issues such as heart attack, stroke, respiratory problems, immune system disorders, complications with diabetes, and premature birth. If you are suffering from the symptoms of periodontitis, you will want to see Austin general dentist Dr. Williams as soon as possible.
If you live in or around Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, or Pflugerville, Texas and are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or simply need to schedule an examination, pleasecontact Cedar Park Premier Dentistry today.