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Do you have teeth that feel sensitive or gums that are red, inflamed or swollen gums, as well as chronic bad breath, you could have gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is a common but serious oral condition, and it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms to receive treatment.

Gingivitis can be caused by:

– Poor oral hygiene habits that invite plaque
– Genetics
– Hormonal changes
– Illness
– Using tobacco
– Medications to controls seizures or blood pressure

As plaque becomes hard and turns into tartar around your teeth and gums, it can cause gum tissue irritation and cause in pockets forming as a result of inflammation.

If gingivitis is treated early, it can often be easily reversed, but gingivitis that is ignored can progress into a more harmful condition known as periodontitis. This serious gum infection can affect not just the gums but also result in jawbone deterioration.

Early stages of gum disease can be treated by improving your oral hygiene routine with daily tooth brushing and flossing and receiving professional dental cleanings twice a year. If needed, our team can also perform a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing to remove harmful substances like plaque and tartar from the gums.

If you suspect your smile has signs of gingivitis in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we invite you to contact the office of Dr. Henry Espinosa at 505-888-1116 for treatment. Our dentist, Dr. Henry Espinosa, utilizes innovative techniques and tools to help you have a healthier smile.