Healthy Gums Make For Happy Smiles In Las Cruces, NM
Welcome back to the Advanced Dental blog!
At our Las Cruces, New Mexico practice, we offer a variety of solutions to help keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking good at all times. Through our website and in these regular blog posts, we try to keep you abreast on health issues, modern dentistry trends, and anything else that might pertain to your family’s wellness.
As such, with today’s post, we wanted to discuss your gum and how important it is to treat them right.
What’s The Big Deal About Gums?
Your gums are pretty major players when it comes to oral health. Along with your bone and soft tissues, they provide a support structure that holds your teeth in place and prevents them from dislodging.
They are charged with holding it all together, so to speak.
If things fall apart, it often starts when the bacteria found in plaque launches an attack creating a condition called gingivitis.
Gingivitis Goes From Bad To Worse
In case you didn’t know, gingivitis is a mild stage of gum disease that causes some inflammation but gives off no big warning signs that you would recognize without a dentist. And, if it is detected and treated by a professional, things can turn around quickly for the better. But that is too often not the case.
Left unattended, your gums will swell. They will become tender, and bloody! That’s when you know that a more advanced form of gum disease, periodontal disease, has set in.
Periodontal Disease Doesn’t Waste Any Time
We always say that things will only get worse if you ignore your problems or put off treatment. Periodontal disease is a good example of what can happen. It results from plaque and bacteria that have crossed beneath the gumline, expanding the infection. Your teeth will soon loosen and detach themselves because this disease goes after their support structure (gums, tissues, and bone) leaving them vulnerable.
Most adult tooth loss in this country is a actually direct result of advanced gum disease. That’s crazy, right?
The Rest Of The Body Is At Risk
Once periodontal disease gets loose in your bloodstream and respiratory system, your entire body can suffer the consequences.
As we have shown, the effects of this disease on your mouth are bad enough.
But can you imagine having to then confront respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer on top of all that?
Indeed these things appear to have a link with the bacteria that causes gum disease.
If that won’t put you on the defensive, nothing will!
Advanced Dental Of Las Cruces Is Here To Help
It goes without saying that good oral hygiene is the first piece of preventing gum disease. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, and regularly flossing and rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash.
The second component is visiting our office every three to six months for professional teeth cleanings and oral examinations. These checkups will allow us to eradicate any plaque and bacteria that lingers in your mouth.
Additionally, we will be able to detect and treat any early signs of gingivitis before you ever have to deal with advanced gum disease or worse. It is always less painful and less expensive to catch things early!
That said, if you are already dealing with some form of gum disease, we can help by performing a special deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing. Trust us, our treatment methods are designed to eliminate the problem as painlessly as possible and restore the health of your gums so that you can get back on track. Rest assured, you won’t have to endure the indignity of a lecture while you are here, either.
Reclaim Your Oral Health Today!
We hope you will have a new appreciation for your gums. Just remember, healthy gums make for happy smiles! If you think you may have gingivitis or periodontal disease, click here or give our office a call today at 575-680-1037.
At Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we are here when you need us!