Essenmacher Family Dental

What causes periodontal disease? What can I do about it?

Gum Disease is Very Common

Periodontal disease is a very common disease affecting roughly 50% of American adults. Gum disease is an infection in your gums. Researchers have linked periodontal disease to other conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and low birth-weight babies.

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Gum disease can also cause pain, gum and tooth sensitivity, and bad breath.

Periodontal infections can be brought on or worsened by several factors including virulent oral bacteria, diabetes mellitus, smoking, inadequate home care, crowded or misaligned teeth, certain medications, poor diet, and mouth breathing.

Treating Periodontal Disease Comprehensively

At Essenmacher Family Dental, we treat periodontal disease with a comprehensive approach. 

First, we determine the health of your gums with a periodontal oral evaluation. If you have gum disease, we will recommend a professional dental cleaning that meets your needs. Our dental cleanings are always customized to the health of our patients, taking your needs into account. That may mean that you have a deep cleaning, followed by regular oral hygiene maintenance appointments until we gain control over your infection.

We work together with our patients to come up with a plan that can help you stay on track, keep your teeth, and protect your overall health. To find out how to address your condition, contact our Albuquerque dental office for an appointment with Dr. Essenmacher. We look forward to helping you achieve maximum oral health.

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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