Located in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Petra Mayer gives her patients the necessary information to help them maintain a healthy oral regimen, especially when it comes to their gum health—after all, gum infection does damage the gums and destroy the jawbone. Read on to learn more about gum disease and how your Albuquerque dentist can treat the condition!
A Background on Gum Disease
When bacteria attacks the gums and causes painful inflammation, this is termed as gum disease. You may experience a variety of issues as a result of gum disease, including gum recession, bone loss around your teeth, and tooth loss.
The onset of gum disease is related to poor oral hygiene (i.e. disregarding daily brushing/flossing and avoiding bi-annual checkups and cleanings). When a person neglects to take care of their teeth, the rest of their mouth suffers. Additional habits that lead to gum disease include choosing to eat unhealthy, sugar-containing food and regularly using tobacco products.
You may not know you have gum disease at an early stage if you're not visiting your dentist, here are a few symptoms you need to look out for:
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Redness or swelling of the gums
- Periodontal abscess
- Loose teeth
In the event of gum disease, there are a few treatment options your doctor may provide you with, including:
- Manually removing plaque by scaling, root planning, or debridement
- Applying antimicrobial products to assist in the healing process of periodontal disease
- Periodontal surgery may be required depending on the severity of your gum disease
Your gums are just as important as any part of your dental/oral health. Improper care may lead to severe issues or diseases as mentioned above. If you have questions or concerns about gum disease or gum disease therapy, call Dr. Petra Mayer at her Albuquerque, NM, office: (505) 881-2400.