Gum Disease

Serving Hobbs, Roswell, Southeast New Mexico and West Texas


Periodontics Hobbs

Gum disease is a common dental problem that threatens the dental health of many people of all ages. Dr. B.J. Henderson and his experienced periodontal team, serving New Mexico and west Texas, fight the effects of gum disease every day with preventative care, gum disease education, and state-of-the-art treatment.

The Gum Disease Process

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, refers to the changes in gum tissue that occur when bacteria are allowed to invade healthy gums. Bacterial growth from plaque deposits can cause a number of problems and threaten your dental health if left untreated. What might start out as a small cavity in a tooth can spread, injuring delicate gum tissue and eating away at enamel.

There are two primary classifications of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis refers to the early stages of gum disease and usually involves inflammation of the gums. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease and often indicates irreversible damage. A patient with periodontitis may notice their gums beginning to recede or pull away from teeth. This creates pockets of space where bacteria can hide and cause more harm. If gum disease is not caught early enough, advanced periodontitis can lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss.

With periodontal treatment from an experienced dentist like Dr. Henderson, you can fight the effects of gum disease and control the damage done to your teeth and gums.

How to Monitor Your Gums

To protect yourself against gum disease, you want to make sure you are both keeping up with your brushing and flossing routine, and getting to the dentist for regular checkups. Also, if you notice any of the following symptoms, contact a dentist right away for a comprehensive dental health evaluation.

Gum Disease Symptoms

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Sore or painful gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Food getting stuck in the gums
  • Chronic mouth odor
  • Lingering bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Changes in bite

If you are experiencing any of the signs of gum disease, or you are due for a regular tooth and gum checkup, trust Dr. B.J. Henderson with your dental health. Our team helps people in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas diagnose and treat gum disease for a healthier smile. Please contact our office today.


B.J. Henderson, DDS
Where we change lives every day, one smile at a time.

575.392.3434
3130 N Grimes St.
Hobbs, NM 88240

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website regarding periodontic procedures is not meant to be taken as formal advice. Please contact a qualified periodontist in your area for more information. Hobbs dentist Dr. Henderson serves clients in Hobbs, Carlsbad, Odessa, Roswell, Seminole and surrounding areas in New Mexico. Please contact him today for a dentistry consultation.

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