Gum Disease Albuquerque
Gum disease, or “periodontal disease,” is an infection that can greatly impact the smile. Dr. Brendon Prestwich of Ivory Dental in Albuquerque, New Mexico works closely with patients to prevent the development of this condition. However, when it does arise, it requires immediate dental attention to reverse and address before it becomes a long-term, chronic problem.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is an infection that starts at the gum tissues but can spread and result in widespread damage to the entire mouth. This infection is caused by bacteria that may not be removed through brushing and flossing. It first starts as gingivitis, during which patients may notice:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, swollen gum tissues
- Bleeding while brushing and flossing
At this point, the condition can be treated with a thorough cleaning at the dental office. However, if gingivitis is not diagnosed and treated early, it can progress into periodontitis, and patients may experience the loss of gum tissue, bone, and even teeth.
Prevention is incredibly important. Gum disease can be avoided when patients take good care of their smiles. This means brushing and flossing after every meal, and visiting their dentist for an examination and cleaning at least every six months. By doing so, patients can ward off periodontal disease and maintain a smile free from infection. Additionally, when patients pay close attention to their oral care, they can also greatly reduce their risks of developing other problems such as tooth decay. Great oral hygiene habits can have a long-term impact on the function, health, and beauty of the smile!
Seeking assistance for gum disease?
Contact Dr. Brendon Prestwich of Ivory Dental today for an appointment. His practice is conveniently located at 5920 Whiteman Drive in Albuquerque, New Mexico and can be reached by phone at (505) 404-6111.