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Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene practices that fail to remove food residue and plaque buildup from your teeth as well as along the gumline. These bacterial-rich substances can gradually harden into tartar at the gumline. Increased risk factors, like chronic dry mouth, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption, can also increase your chances of developing gingivitis.

Early symptoms of a problem typically include red and inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is also known to cause bad breath problems.

Fortunately, many instances of gingivitis can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning at the office of Dr. Henry Espinosa. This will remove all traces of hardened tartar to allow your gums to heal naturally. Dr. Henry Espinosa can then help you make the necessary improvements to your oral hygiene regimen to prevent future gum inflammation.

Without effective treatment and prevention, gingivitis will gradually develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. In time, this could cause significant oral health problems as well as the loss of multiple teeth.

If you live in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area and you have gum health concerns, you should call 505-888-1116 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Henry Espinosa.