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At our Las Cruces, New Mexico practice, we offer a variety of preventative, cosmetic, and implant solutions to help you get a better smile and maintain good oral health.
We even feature sedation dentistry options for those who need to relax a bit.
In our ongoing blog posts, we try to educate you on health issues, modern trends, and anything else that might relate to your family’s continued well being.
Today we want to discuss the importance of healthy gums.
Why Are Gums So Important?
Your gums, along with your bone and soft tissues provide a support structure that holds your teeth in place and prevents them from falling out.
When your gums fall into disrepair, things can literally begin to fall apart in your mouth.
It all starts when the bacteria found in plaque creates a condition called gingivitis.
Gingivitis Is Only The Beginning
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, the downward spiral continues.
Your gums will swell.
They will become tender.
They will start bleeding.
Advanced gum disease, aka periodontal disease takes hold.
Periodontal Disease Gets Ugly Fast
Periodontal gum 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 vulnerable.
It is staggering to consider that the majority of adult tooth loss in this country is a direct result of advanced gum disease.
Your Entire Body Is At Risk
We don’t mean to sound alarmist, but once periodontal disease gets loose in your bloodstream, your entire body can suffer the consequences.
It can also 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?
All of these appear to have a link with the bacteria that causes gum disease.
If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing will!
Advanced Dental Of Las Cruces Can Help
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 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.
Plus, 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.
If you are already in the throes of 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 continue down the good road.
At Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we are here for all your dental needs!