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Why are my gums bleeding?

bleeding gum treatment in Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalInfection and Inflammation

Bleeding gums is often a sign of infection and inflammation in the mouth. A number of factors can play a role in causing bleeding, but it most often occurs when bacteria-filled plaque builds up around the gum line. Bleeding gums is not normal, and can be a sign of gingivitis, or a more serious form of bone disease, periodontitis. 

Periodontitis is the most common cause for tooth loss among adults because the infection causes destruction of the bone that surrounds the teeth, and they become loose.  Good daily hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing can reduce plaque buildup, but having an oral hygiene prophylaxis (cleaning) and exam regularly will reduce your risk for further issues.  So if your gums bleed, don’t ignore it!  Make an appointment with our team at Essenmacher Family Dental for a comprehensive exam.

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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