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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.


I felt comfortable from the moment I walked through the door. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. I appreciated the time Dr. Martin took to explain the options I had regarding a needed dental procedure. I left her office confident that I chose the procedure that best suited my needs. Though I am not looking forward to the dental procedure itself, I wouldn't want to have it done by anyone but her. She seems to genuinely care about her patients and I feel very fortunate that I was referred to her.