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Periodontal (gum) health saves teeth and lives

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease may be linked to greater risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke from the bacteria. That’s why regular professional cleanings are a must for a healthy smile and total body health. We provide a complete check of your gums, teeth and supporting bone at each visit. We will advise you about the best professional cleaning schedule to meet your individual needs. University Family Dental emphasizes prevention, so we recommend professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently for patients with periodontal disease.

Deep cleaning, scaling and root planing to treat gum disease

There is significant clinical evidence to support a strong link between periodontal health and overall health. Deep cleaning, scaling and root planing are vital components in removing the bacterial layer that resides deep in gums and causes the body to attack itself to destroy gum tissue. Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective and highly recommended procedures in the treatment of gum disease to help prevent tooth mobility and stop bone loss around the teeth. A deep cleaning is necessary when gums are excessively swollen and bleeding, when bone levels are shrinking around the teeth and when there is heavy tartar (calculus) on the teeth or roots.

Once the initial treatment is completed, we recommend dental cleanings, or periodontal maintenance, every three months to keep bacterial counts low around your teeth and gums. With regular professional hygiene appointments and daily flossing at home, you can prevent or improve periodontal disease and the major health problems that accompany it. By maintaining healthy gums, you can keep your natural teeth and help avoid serious health conditions.

Learn more about periodontal health. Give us a call at 575.521.0127 for your free consultation. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form to book your one-on-one time with one of our dental specialists. Our periodontal patients come to us from Anthony, Ciudad Juarez, El Paso, Las Cruces, Sunland Park and nearby locations.

Meet Your Dental Team

Comfortable, relaxed and pampering dental care awaits you at University Family Dental. Since 2006, we have served the Las Cruces, NM area and its nearby communities. Our highly skilled and experienced dental professionals are known for their affable personality and great chairside manners. Look to them for a unique, personalized dental care that promises splendid results.

Our patients say it best...

  • Great visit as usual. Many thanks to all the staff who made my visit fun. Even on a trip to the dentist I enjoyed myself. I know it sounded like a party in there while I was getting my filling but that just shows how relaxed you always make me feel. Well, that and the novacaine! LOL. Thanks again.

    -Michael M.

  • I have fabulous lips now and less wrinkles. Thanks for the great and affordable treatment.

    -Claudia D.

  • Professional Staff, Appointments that meet my schedule. Outstanding Service.

    -Richard S.

  • Dr. Martin and her University Family Dental staff have a great mindset in helping make a difference in one's smile and dental health. They are friendly, informative, and gets everything done right!

    -Braden T.

  • As always, the staff were absolutely professional, welcoming, and kind. Thank you so much for making me and my family feel special and part of the family!

    -Deborah M.

  • Excellent, personal and professional dental care. Having my teeth worked on is an anxious situation for me. Dr. Martin and her staff help to ease that anxiety. Which then benefits my teeth being in a good condition. Thanks.Maxx

    -J. Maxx B.

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