We like to think that Las Cruces, New Mexico is a pretty good place to be. And with Thanksgiving thoughts in mind, we should never take having a good home city for granted, especially with all the forced migration going on elsewhere in the world. Truth be told, around here, most of us have a lot to smile about.
But if you were to develop gum disease, you definitely wouldn’t feel like smiling. That’s why, as your Las Cruces, NM dentist, we wanted to use today’s Advanced Dental blogpost to talk about the importance of maintaining healthy gums.
Gums Play A Major Role
Did you know that your gums (along with your bone and soft tissues) provide the support structure that anchors your teeth in place and prevents them from falling out?
However, when your gums slip into a less than optimal state, things can quickly begin to fall apart in your mouth.
Gum disease starts to develop when the bacteria found in plaque creates a condition called gingivitis.
Gingivitis Gets Worse
Gingivitis is a mild stage of gum disease that causes some inflammation but gives off no big warning signs that you would recognize on your own.
If detected and treated by a professional, things can turn around quickly for the better.
If not, things can get ugly. Your gums will swell and become tender. Then they will start bleeding as advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) sets in.
Periodontal Disease Will Wreak Havoc
Periodontal disease results from plaque and bacteria that have crossed beneath the gumline expanding the infection. Your teeth will soon loosen and dislodge themselves because this disease goes after their support structure (gums, tissues, and bone) leaving them unprotected.
It is scary to consider that the vast majority of all adult tooth loss in the United States is a direct result of advanced gum disease.
You never want to have to deal with all that. But things can actually get worse.
Your Body Is Vulnerable
The truth is that, once periodontal disease gets loose in your bloodstream, your entire body can suffer the consequences. It also can quickly get into your respiratory system.
The effects of this disease on your mouth are severe. But can you imagine having to then confront respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer as well?
Believe it or not, all of these appear to have a link with the bacteria that causes gum disease.
Do we have your attention now?
Never take your gums for granted!
Advanced Dental Is Here To Help
What can be done to spare yourself an awful fate?
We can tell you that good oral hygiene is the first component 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 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.
What’s more, 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.
In the event that you are already dealing with gum disease, we can help by performing a special deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing.
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 and stay there!
Don’t Ignore Your Oral Health
At Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we are here to help!