Did you know that your teeth are directly affected by the health of your gums? If your gums are not healthy, your teeth will not be healthy. And that will not be good. In fact, untreated gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and premature birth.
The bad news from recent research is that well over half of the U.S. population will experience some form of gum disease in the course of a lifetime.
That’s why, today, we want to go over a few things every patient should know about their gums.
Keep reading, and then be sure to follow up with our Advanced Dental team to schedule your consultation in our Las Cruces, NM dentist’s office!
Your Gums Need Love Too
As your comprehensive source for dentistry solutions in New Mexico, here at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we spend a lot of time cleaning, repairing, and replacing teeth for the good folks living in the area.
Over the years, we have found that it is always more pleasant and less expensive for you to prevent tooth loss now rather than enlisting us to place implants or perform periodontal treatments later.
How do you prevent it from happening? Brushing and flossing every day are essential actions for reducing all that harmful bacteria, removing food particles, etc. so that your gums can remain in good enough shape to hold everything in place (like your teeth). As such, you will want to give them some love while you are performing your daily hygiene drills.
Gum Disease Causes Tooth Loss
Here’s the ugly truth: advanced stages of periodontal disease cause your gums to separate from your teeth. That’s when bacteria can attack the bone that holds your teeth in place.
This can cause your teeth to feel loose or fall out of their sockets. It will be traumatic and embarrassing to live with, until you come in for a restorative treatment from Advanced Dental.
But it is better to sidestep such stumbling blocks.
Diabetes And Gum Disease Go Hand In Hand
You can ponder the difference between causality and correlation all day long. But these two things go together, somehow, some way.
One thing is that diabetes can lead to dry mouth, which raises your risk of gum disease.
Another thing is that periodontal problems can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar.
So, the connection appears to work in both directions, even if it is not totally explained.
Big Bellies And Bacteria
During pregnancy, women produce more progesterone, which is important for the development of the child in utero. This is also great for allowing dangerous oral bacteria to thrive. You will need to take extra good care of your teeth and gums if you are bearing a child!
Gingivitis Can Be Stopped
Gum disease sneaks up on you. Gingivitis, which is the mildest form of gum disease, is characterized mainly by swelling and bleeding while brushing.
At this point, you often can often reserve the disease just by following the ADA guidelines for brushing at two minutes twice per day and flossing every evening. If need be there are conservative treatments available at the dentist’s office for early gum disease.
Periodontal Disease Can Be Treated
If you aren’t aware of the problem and/or don’t take the steps to treat your gum disease in the early, easily-reversible stages, then you will need the help of a dental professional like Dr. Reiter to improve your situation later.
Scaling and root planing are one example of this. This is where a dentist or hygienist will clean below your gumline to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the roots of your teeth.
Most of the time this will get you back on the good road.
Gum Disease Only Goes From Bad To Worse
Advanced symptoms include gums that bleed even when you aren’t brushing or flossing. Constant bad breath is another giveaway. But increasingly loose teeth and receding gums are the other more obvious problems.
One of the biggest concerns with gum disease is that it can lead to bone loss. When you lose bone in your jaw, you will find that your teeth begin to shift and the shape of your mouth may change. It also limits your chances of having dental implants placed in your mouth should tooth loss occur.
Stay On Track!
If you are motivated to keep your gums healthy and your smile looking great, contact us today to schedule your next appointment at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces!