Healthy gums help ensure a healthy smile, protecting us from tooth loss and other serious issues. However, millions of Americans currently suffer from gum disease, experiencing major impacts on the health and appearance of their smiles. What are the warning signs of gum disease and when should our Albuquerque, NM, patients see us?
What Causes the Disease?
The disease begins as inflammation. Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, occurs due to poor oral hygiene, smoking, family history, or possibly a chronic illness. Without treatment, the inflammation eventually causes the gums to pull from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria enter the exposed pockets, gum disease forms.
Warning Signs to Watch For
Patients with the disease may begin to notice changes to their gums. For example, they appear red, feel sore, or bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Patients also report receding gums and swelling near the gumline. If you’ve encountered any of these common warning signs, then let us know. Addressing the issue early helps prevent serious complications!
If you see us in the gingivitis stage, we can reverse the problem easily. Otherwise, we will need to administer routine treatments to manage the disease and prevent the advanced stages that cause tooth loss. We may recommend an initial scaling and root planing to remove all plaque, followed up with routine cleanings every three to four months. These procedures help prevent plaque buildup and safeguard the smile from periodontitis. Routine homecare also helps protect the smile, so you should be sure you brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes, and even more important, that you floss every night before going to bed. If you have any questions, or if you feel you need a diagnosis, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Periodontal Disease?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team will help you maintain optimal oral health! Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.