The basics of gum health

Gum health is just as important as the health of the teeth. While tooth decay is often discussed, gum disease is also a concern that needs to be addressed. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM believes in educating patients in good overall health and wellness, especially when it comes to the gums and the formation of gum disease.

What is gum disease?

The gums are the soft tissues in the mouth that frame the natural teeth. They are susceptible to damage and infection, just as teeth are, making them just as important in the smile for good oral health and wellness. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a condition that can be extremely damaging to the health of the smile. Periodontal disease starts in the gum tissues as an infection. The gum tissue begins to shrink, causing pockets to form in-between the gums and the natural teeth. Bacteria continues to thrive in these pockets and spreads, causing the loss of tissue, bone, and even permanent adult teeth! This is how devastating the condition can be and why it is so important to avoid the development of gum disease in the first place!

How to maintain healthy gums

First, patients need to reduce their risk of infection. Bacteria can be controlled with routine brushing and flossing. Patients will also want to take a look at their diet and make sure that they are eating right, as this impacts more than just the body but the smile as well. High-sugar and highly acidic foods can be problematic for patients, unless they brush and floss immediately after consumption. If there are any signs of infection, including swollen or bleeding gums, it is time to schedule an appointment with the dentist for a definitive diagnosis and effective treatment protocol.

Improve your smile today!

Educate yourself on the ways to keep your smile healthy with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team. With over thirty years of experience, he can help you and your family achieve better oral health and wellness with routine care. Call (505) 881-1159 today to request a consultation appointment at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C in Albuquerque, NM.

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