Why Gum Disease Doesn’t Have to Be That Scary

Why Gum Disease Doesn’t Have to Be That Scary | Albuquerque, NMIf you have just been diagnosed with gum disease, a world of different things may be going through your mind— a lot of them may even be the worst case scenario. However, depending on how severe your gum disease is, it may not be too much to stress over.

As a condition that affects almost half of the adult population in the United States, gum disease can be reversible if it is caught early on. Let’s take a closer look at the not-so-scary side of this disease.

A Cleaning May Do the Trick

At early stages of gum disease, a thorough cleaning may do the trick. Unlike a traditional dental cleaning that can go by relatively fast, a thorough gum cleaning may take a little bit longer. During this cleaning, the goal of Dr. Steven Holbrook will be to clean the teeth and all along the gumline to get rid of harmful plaque and tartar build-up. In many cases, a thorough cleaning will be enough.

Gum Disease Prevention Tips

In addition to getting a thorough dental cleaning, we also recommend that you take a few tips home with you including consistent brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing after every meal is the best way to prevent cavities and gum disease. If your gums are a little too sensitive to the touch when it comes to traditional dental floss, invest in a water flosser like a WaterPik instead. Water flossers use pressurized water to massage the gums and get rid of food and plaque in between your teeth.

Even though gum disease isn’t something you’d hoped to add to your resume, if it’s caught and treated early on, it shouldn’t be much to worry about.

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The 411 on Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease Albuquerque, NMSimilar to how you wouldn’t know exactly what you were looking at under the hood of a car unless you are a mechanic, chances are that you aren’t exactly an expert on the inner workings of your mouth and oral health— especially when it comes to periodontal disease. As a disease that affects, nearly 65 million Americans, however, periodontal disease is something that doesn’t hurt to know about.

It’s Connected to Other Diseases

According to, studies indicate that periodontal disease is linked to a variety of diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, make sure that you are getting regular dental cleanings and examinations.

Smoking Puts You At Risk

If you’re looking for yet another reason to give up your nicotine addiction, here it is. Smoking not only puts you at risk for developing lung cancer and oral cancer, but it also puts you at a greater risk of developing periodontitis. By slowing down your body’s ability to heal itself, cigarette smoke can lead to a variety of different oral conditions.

It Can Leave You Toothless

The good news is that most patients catch their periodontal disease in the early stages when it’s extremely manageable and easy to treat. If, however, you can’t remember the last time you got your teeth cleaned and your periodontal disease has advanced to periodontitis, it puts you at a greater risk of suffering from bone and even tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is a very common oral condition that primarily affects adults over the age of 30. Luckily, by getting regular cleanings and examinations, and with the proper treatment, Dr. Steven Holbrook will help prevent it from getting worse. Schedule your next appointment with our Albuquerque office today!

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Think You Have Periodontal Disease? How to Be Properly Diagnosed

Think You Have Periodontal Disease? How to Be Properly Diagnosed | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMAccording to the ADA, brushing your teeth and flossing are two of the most important things for your oral health. If you tender or bleeding gums, you may immediately think that you have periodontal disease. As one of the most common oral conditions, studies show that nearly 50% of the American adult population suffers from some form of periodontal disease. However, just because you have bleeding or sensitive gums, it doesn’t mean that you suffer from periodontal disease. In fact, hormones and stress alone can cause an increase in blood flow to the mouth. This can result in bleeding, swollen, and tender gums.

As a part of any routine dental examination, your dentist or hygienist will perform a periodontal examination.

What Is a Periodontal Examination?

When you’re sitting in the dentist chair with a hand or two in your mouth, the last thing you’re able to focus on is what procedure they are doing and why. A periodontal exam should be done every six months to analyze pocket depths, inflammation, tooth mobility, and the amount of bleeding from your gums to make a proper diagnosis.

During your examination, a small periodontal probe is used to gently measure the space between the tooth and gums. If your gums are healthy, the space between your tooth and gums will measure at 3mm or less and won’t bleed. If the probe measures an area that’s larger than 3mm, you may be diagnosed with a form of periodontal disease.

There are three stages of periodontal disease including gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Luckily, during each of these three stages, Dr. Steven Holbrook can treat them and get your mouth on the road toward recovery.

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The 3 Stages of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal DiseaseWhen you hear of periodontal disease, you likely think of a gum disease that can easily be treated and fixed. However, as an oral disease that is a lot more complex than you may be aware of, periodontal disease has three different unique stages. Gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis are each different stages of periodontal disease. To help you better understand these three different stages, we have created a brief article. Read on to learn more.

Stage 1: Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, gingivitis usually causes slight bleeding and inflammation of the gums surrounding your teeth. Easily treatable, gingivitis typically goes away with some slight changes to your overall hygiene and diet. Caused primarily by the excess buildup of plaque, gingivitis can make doing simple things like eating feel uncomfortable.

Stage 2: Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the second phase of periodontal disease that is caused when plaque hardens and turns into tartar. As the plaque builds up on your teeth, your gums start to recede from your teeth causing problems like inflammation, pain, bleeding, and overall sensitivity. Even though you may have experienced similar symptoms with gingivitis, they are now more magnified at this stage. Additionally, at this stage of periodontal disease, some patients start to experience bone loss.

Advanced Periodontitis

As the most progressive stage of periodontal disease, advanced periodontitis patients start to experience the bone loss which causes their teeth to become loose. At this stage of periodontal disease, patients typically receive moderate to severe bone loss in addition to potential tooth loss.

Gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis are all stages of the complex oral disease called periodontal disease. No matter what stage of periodontal disease a patient finds themselves in, it’s nice to know that it can be treated with the help of a dentist like Dr. Holbrook.

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Understanding Periodontal Disease

PERIODONTAL DISEASE Albuquerque NMAlthough it sounds like a type of dinosaur, “periodontal disease” is a condition that is far from archaic. Caused by an excess amount of plaque and tartar build-up across your teeth and gums, periodontal disease can cause your gums to become red, swollen, and inflamed. If you have noticed that your gums are more sensitive than usual or if they bleed more easily, you may have periodontal disease. This article will discuss what this disease is and how it can be treated. Read on to learn more.

What Are The Symptoms?

Sore, bleeding gums could be indicative of some conditions including something as small as something you just ate. To help you differentiate between an everyday oral issue and periodontal disease, we have created a list of common symptoms.

  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.

How Is It Treated?

The good news about a periodontal disease is that it is easily treatable. Depending on the severity of your condition, there are a variety of treatment options that Dr. Steven Holbrook can do including:

  • Switching up your daily dental routine
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Removal of tissue
  • Surgery

What If I Don’t Treat It?

You may think that if you don’t get your periodontal disease treated that the symptoms will persist but won’t worsen. However, this is not the case. In fact, if left untreated, there has been researching that suggests that periodontal disease may directly be related to heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, or problems during pregnancy.

If you think you have periodontal disease, don’t wait to get it taken care of. To learn more about this disease or to schedule a cleaning, contact our office today!.

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A Guide To Periodontal Disease

Periodontal DiseaseYou may not spend much time thinking about the importance of having a healthy mouth. You may even assume that bad breath or bleeding gums are nothing to worry about. But bleeding gums and bad breath can indicate that you have periodontal (gum) disease.

What is it? Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, the cementum that covers the tooth root, the supporting tissues, and sometimes the bone. In it’s early stages, it’s called gingivitis, and the infection affects the gums only.

What are the causes? When you don’t brush and floss regularly, the bacteria in dental plaque stays in your mouth, becoming the primary cause of periodontal disease. As your body attempts to rid itself of the bacteria surrounding your gums, a substance is released that inflames your gums, supporting tissue and bone. This is why your gums bleed and swell. Periodontal disease may also be caused by hormone changes, illness, medications and smoking.

How do you know you have it? A comprehensive dental exam is the best way to determine if you have periodontal disease. However, it develops slowly and there are signs you can look for such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

How is it detected? Dr. Holbrook will look for swelling and bleeding gum tissue, and will examine the depth of the “pockets” between your teeth and gums. Deeper pockets signal a more severe case of the disease.

How is it treated? Dr. Holbrook will work with you to develop a treatment plan depending on the severity of your gum disease. The goal is to promote gum re-attachment to the teeth, reduce the depth of the pockets, reduce swelling, and stop the progression of the disease. Options for treatment range from non-surgical therapies to control bacteria to surgery to restore supportive tissues.

Early detection of periodontal disease is crucial. Dr. Holbrook stresses the importance of regular dental visits and invites you to call our office to schedule a comprehensive dental examination, today – for a great smile to last a lifetime: (505) 881-1159.

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periodental disease albuquerque NM | dentist NM | Comprehensive Dental CareYour mouth is full of bacteria, germs, mucus and debris from the food you eat.
These combine to form a sticky, colorless film on your teeth…called plaque.

Brushing and flossing regularly can help get rid of plaque but plaque that is not removed can form tartar which can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist.

The longer plaque remains your teeth, the more harmful it becomes.

  • Periodontal disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.
  • Periodontal disease is common and it is serious.

Bacteria and plaque can cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums.
Signs to look for are gums that bleed easily and are tender, swollen and red.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that does not include any loss of bone or tissue that hold the teeth in place. It is easily treated and can usually be reversed with good dental habits.

If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, inflammation around the tooth.

In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected.
The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque grows below the gum line.
This natural response to infection starts to break down the connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place.
If left untreated, tissue, gums and bone are destroyed. Teeth become loose and eventually have to be removed.

The cause of periodontal disease is most commonly poor oral hygiene. Smokers, pregnant women, people with diabetes, people being treated for cancer and people whose immune system is compromised are also vulnerable.

The earlier it is caught, the easier periodontal infection is to treat.
Here are some things to look for:

  • Recessed gums
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bleeding, swollen, red gums

Good dental hygiene is essential to preventing periodontal disease.

The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The type of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease.

Dr. Holbrook specializes in treating periodontal disease.
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