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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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