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Why do my gums look like they are shrinking?

Gum Treatment in Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalIf your gums appear to be pulling away from your teeth and exposing the darker roots, you might be experiencing gum recession. 

Gum recession is fairly common, but should not be ignored. If you have ever heard the term “long in the tooth,” it is because gums tend to recede as we age, and it is synonymous with being older. In reality, gums can recede at any age, and if you have noticed changes to your gums, it’s time to book a dental exam in our Albuquerque dental office. Gum recession can develop for a number of reasons:

Misaligned Teeth

Teeth that are crooked and do not come together correctly when you bite down can cause uneven force around the mouth, which can cause gums to recede in specific areas in addition to causing chipped or broken teeth.

Gum Disease 

Periodontal (gum) disease leads to recession in some cases. If you notice painful or burning gums, or if your gums bleed when you clean your teeth, Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher and our hygiene team can help get your oral health back on track.

Brushing Too Hard

The tips of your toothbrush bristles do the cleaning and are effective at removing plaque and food particles. Too much pressure can damage delicate gum tissue, especially when gum disease is already present. Brush thoroughly without pressing too hard. If your toothbrush bristles look frayed, you are brushing too hard.

To book an appointment for an evaluation of your gums, contact our Albuquerque dental office. We welcome new patients.

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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