Essenmacher Family Dental

5 Reasons to Avoid Gum Disease

July 17, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Lindsay M. Essenmacher, DDS
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If you see pink in the sink when you brush or floss your teeth, the blood you see indicates a common oral infection called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection in your gums that puts your smile –and your overall health – at risk. Because of this, we emphasize regular dental exams and dental cleanings in our Albuquerque dental office.

#1 You Could Lose Teeth

If periodontal disease moves into the underlying bone, it can eat away at the very foundation of your smile. Bone loss leads to tooth loss that can quickly leave gaps in your smile and make it difficult to eat and speak properly. Not to mention the impact that tooth loss has on your confidence.

#2 Bad Breath Is Unpleasant

As with any infection, bacteria cause an unmistakable odor that cannot be masked with gum, mints, or rinses. Because bacteria reproduce rapidly, you may find people moving away from you when you speak or yawn.

Regular dental cleanings help to keep your breath kissable.

#3 Gum Disease Often Reoccurs

Once advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, develops, you are more susceptible to additional infections. We may recommend more frequent dental cleanings in our Northeast Heights dental office to keep your mouth healthy.

#4 Gum Disease Threatens Your Health

Research links gum disease to many systemic conditions that can put your health and your life at risk.

#5 Treating Gum Disease May Be Costly

If we diagnose gum disease in the early stages, our hygiene team and Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher can often reverse the damage, but if it progresses and requires surgery or tooth replacement, the bill can add up fast. 

Preventive dentistry is the best insurance policy to protect your smile. Regular dental exams, dental cleanings, and x-rays will help you keep your smile healthy and comfortable.

Don’t skip your dental cleanings! We have openings at Essenmacher Family Dental to keep your mouth and your body healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dedicated team.

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher