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Periodontal disease is estimated to afflict nearly half of the American population over the age of 30. More commonly known as gum disease, this inflammation of the sensitive gum tissues typically results from poor daily oral hygiene practices compounded with the failure to attend a routine dental exam twice each year.

Early symptoms of a periodontal infection typically include red and inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily while brushing and flossing. This condition, which is known as gingivitis, could also cause chronic bad breath.

If it’s caught early, this mild periodontal infection can be remediated with a thorough dental cleaning at the office of Dr. Henry Espinosa. This will remove all traces of bacterial-rich calculus from the gumline to allow your periodontal tissues 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 treatment and consistent oral hygiene improvements, gingivitis can gradually develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease, which is 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 disease concerns, you should call 505-888-1116 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Henry Espinosa.