Research has shown a strong link between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body. As your Copperas Cove, Texas dental team, Dr. Grantham and his hygienists stress the importance of brushing, flossing, and coming in for a cleaning at least twice a year in order to keep you at your healthiest and happiest.

Periodontics Services

One of the most common health issues Dr. Grantham sees is gum disease. Gum disease is a preventable disease that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss, and contribute to systemic issues like heart disease and stroke.

Gum disease is caused by the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums. Bacteria are present both above and below the gum line. The bacteria feed on sugars and produce acidic toxins that can irritate your gums. Your gums may swell or bleed easily when irritated. Over time plaque hardens into tarter, which can irritate gums so much they begin to pull away from the teeth.  If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.

It is no fun to have an infection in the mouth, so Dr. Grantham takes his role in disease prevention seriously and makes sure to perform periodontal risk assessments annually. If you feel like you might have gum disease or any of the symptoms listed below, you should come in and get checked out before things progress. Gum disease is preventable and treatable, so the sooner we catch it, the better.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

If you find your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or if you find that you are unable to get rid of bad breath, these may be signs of gum disease.

Gum disease symptoms often include:

  • Red or puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

What happens if gum disease goes untreated?

If left untreated, gum disease can be devastating. Some long-term effects may include:

  • Loss of teeth
  • Recession of gums
  • Loss of bone
  • Contribution to or progression of systemic issues like diabetes and heart disease

A minimally invasive gum disease treatment can repair damage and restore your oral health with little discomfort. Dr. Grantham and his team would love to get you in for an assessment appointment, so give us a call at (254) 845-7531.

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*Temporary Office Hours: Mondays - Thursday from 8AM to 3PM

On March 22nd, Gov. Abbott announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so that Texas can maximize its capacity for medical professionals, hospital beds, and the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

From now until April 21, 2020, all dental offices in Texas must limit care to emergency treatment only, including our practice. If you have an appointment scheduled, please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. If you receive an appointment confirmation notification, please disregard the message. 

Please note that effective March 23rd, all appointments between now and April 21st will need to be rescheduled. Please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. 

We will have limited staff working at various intervals to handle any questions you may have, as well as take care of your emergency dental needs. If anyone you know is impacted by clinic closures and experiencing an urgent dental matter, we can see them too if they are free of symptoms and not under mandated quarantine due to possible exposure.

While this mandated closure is out of our control, we will continue to control what we can: to smile, stay positive, and share kindness as we head into unknown territory. We are confident that the good fortune we have had to deliver outstanding dental care, will once again return and we are looking forward to that day. Until then, stay well.

-Cove Family Dental Team