Have you noticed that your gums are redder than usual? Are your gums swollen or tender? Do your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth? If so, you may suffer from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection in your gums that can lead to receding gums, bone loss, and even tooth loss when not properly treated. Periodontal disease has also been shown to contribute to serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, pregnancy complications, stroke, and diabetes.
Because gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar, good dental hygiene is essential in preventing and treating periodontal disease. In the early stage of periodontal disease, which is known as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), improved at-home care can play a significant role in restoring your oral health. Depending on the severity of the disease, our dentist may also recommend additional professional cleanings, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning treatments), or more. Each type of treatment is tailored to meet your specific needs and help you achieve optimal oral health. If you have noticed the signs of gum disease listed above, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rachel Meyer. We are committed to providing gentle, high-quality treatment for gum disease in Los Alamos, New Mexico.