Methodist Healthcare’s dentists provide excellent dental care for teeth, gums and mouths. Our dentists also specialize in educating patients on good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease, cavities and other oral ailments. Good oral hygiene can prevent operations like root canal therapy or tooth extraction.

Schedule a consultation with a Methodist Healthcare dental professional if you experience persistent cases of these symptoms:

  • Swollen or bloody gums
  • Persistent toothaches or pains
  • A change of color in the gums
  • Bad breath

Oral hygiene is something that should not be taken lightly. Gum disease can increase the risk of developing heart disease later in life. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, women who have gum disease are more likely to deliver preterm and underweight babies.


Inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis, can cause swollen or bleeding gums. When plaque and tartar aren’t removed by brushing with toothpaste and flossing, they can harden into calculus, which can only be removed during professional teeth cleaning. Plaque contains damaging bacteria that can cause bone loss. This condition is called periodontal disease, and causes teeth to become loose and fall out.

Risk factors for gingivitis and other gum disease

  • Tobacco use: both smoking and chewing tobacco has been linked to gum disease
  • Poor nutrition: diets high in sugar or soda can increase the buildup of plaque
  • Uneven teeth: crooked teeth can create more areas for plaque to accumulate

Our dental professionals and specialists in San Antonio and the surrounding region provide expert consultations for all dental health needs. From routine cleanings to oral surgeries, Methodist Healthcare can gladly aid you in all aspects of treatment and prevention. We believe that treatment is only effective if patients have all the resources and information they need to make smarter decisions about their dental health.

If you have an oral health concern, contact one of our outstanding doctors today.