In our daily lives, we compliment people who are persistent. That never-give-up approach usually pays off in the long run. We should bring that same kind of dedication to our fight against gum disease.
The fight against gum disease is never-ending, or it should be. Every day is a new opportunity for bacteria to take hold in our mouths and cause problems can be painful and could ruin our smiles.
We would prefer to prevent you from experiencing those problems, which is why we encourage you to come to our dentist office in Las Cruces, NM, for routine dental care.
We also urge you to contact us at the first signs of gum disease. We will discuss those symptoms in a moment as well as how we can provide you with periodontal treatment.
To make an appointment, either fill out our online form or call 575-680-1037.
Gingivitis: Mild Gum Disease
Periodontal disease falls into two general categories — gingivitis or periodontitis. Gingivitis is the milder form of this disease, and it can be treated more easily as well.
Healthy gums feel firm and look pink. The signs of gingivitis are:
▪︎ Bleeding gums
▪︎ Red gums
▪︎ Swollen gums
Some people are under the mistaken belief that bleeding gums are normal when flossing. In fact, it’s a clear sign that you have gum disease if your gums bleed while you are brushing or flossing.
If you brush and flossing regularly, you are less likely to have these issues. In fact, following the American Dental Association recommendations to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and to floss daily, will remove many bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.
This also is why you should visit Advanced Dental for regular cleanings and examinations. Our professional staff will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, and we will watch for signs of gum disease.
More importantly, we will let you know how to treat your periodontal disease if we see any symptoms.
Remember, call 575-680-1037 to schedule your next appointment if you haven’t already done so.
Periodontitis: Advanced Gum Disease
If you ignore your gingivitis, it can progress to a more advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis. Once you have reached this stage, being more deliberate about flossing is not going to make much of a difference.
You should contact Advanced Dental to begin gum disease treatment if you notice any of the following symptoms:
▪︎ Bleeding gums (not just when you are brushing and flossing)
▪︎ Receding gums
▪︎ Pimple-like bumps on your gums
▪︎ Teeth that feel loose in your mouth
▪︎ Constant bad breath
▪︎ Sore, tender gums
We want to point out something that many people do not realize. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. In the late stages of periodontitis, bacteria can attack that bone that holds your teeth in place. This combined with your receding gums leaves your teeth much less secure.
Our hope is that you will visit us before your gum disease gets to this condition, however. The sooner we treat your gum disease, the more likely that treatment is to be successful.
An important part of periodontal treatment is a deep cleaning. As part of this, we will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar that has built up around the roots of your teeth.
If needed, we will discuss additional treatments to remove infected gum tissue and reduce your risk of a recurring infection.
Risk Factors For Gum Disease
As with most diseases, some people are more likely to develop gum disease than others. Anyone can have gum disease, but you should be particularly aware of your gum health if you are at a higher risk of developing it.
Smokers and smokeless tobacco users are particularly vulnerable to gum disease. The chemicals in tobacco products weaken your gum tissue, which can leave them exposed to infection. To make matters worse, tobacco use makes it more likely that your gum disease will return. It also makes periodontal treatment more difficult.
Having diabetes has been linked to an increase is gum disease as well. At the same time, having gum disease can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels. In other words, you have plenty of reasons to watch for and fight gum disease if you have diabetes.
Family history is important to consider as well. If gum disease is common in your family, we encourage you to pay close attention to the health of your gums.
Gum Disease Prevention Is The Best Approach
To keep your gums as healthy as possible, we hope you brush and floss daily. We also hope you come to our dentist office in Las Cruces, NM, a couple times each year for routine cleanings and exams.