Also known as gingiva, your gums are the soft tissue that lines the mouth and surrounds the teeth. As well as making your smile look good, gums create a seal around the teeth that protects the delicate nerves from bacteria and disease.
Healthy gums are generally firm and pale pink. However, factors such as age and poor hygiene can lead to the development of periodontal disease. This disease can result in tooth loss and more serious health problems like kidney and heart disease. To prevent these issues, seek dental treatment at the first sign of gum disease.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Abscessed teeth
- Tooth loss
- Unhealthy looking teeth
- Gaps caused by drifting teeth
Early symptoms of gum disease can be difficult to detect but may include seeing pink in the sink when you spit. Gum disease does not go away without professional treatment. If you suspect you may suffer from gum disease in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or a nearby area, contact our office. Early symptoms can be controlled, but advanced stages may require a tooth extraction.
To prevent the development of gum disease, practice good oral hygiene at home. Daily brushing and flossing remove plaque and bacteria from your smile. You should also visit your dentist every six months for routine dental checkups.
If you would like to learn more about gum disease and gum health, contact the office of Dr. Henry Espinosa at 505-888-1116 and schedule an appointment with our friendly periodontist.