Have you seen a bit of blood in your sink when you brush your teeth recently? That bleeding can be one of the first warning signs that you have got gum disease. Most gum diseases can be reduced or eliminated by practicing more consistent and comprehensive oral hygiene and having professional dental cleanings. After a dentist or dental hygienist at Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry removes the plaque and tartar, the patient can usually avoid gingivitis and gum disease by brushing and flossing after each meal. A patient can use a prescription mouth rinse that targets the oral germs that cause gum disease under the supervision of Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry.

Healthy gums are vital for strong teeth, and the best way to make sure gums stay healthy is with a good oral health routine. Professional dental cleanings help remove built-up plaque that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing. Often, dentists are also capable of identifying potential problems that patients are not yet able to see or feel. When you maintain regular preventative dental appointments, you can stave off decay and gum disease, as well as identify the beginnings of oral health problems before they become severe. Dr. Borham explains the best way to treat gum disease:

Oral Hygiene:

It is important to maintain oral hygiene to avoid gum disease, to keep it clean Dr. Borham recommends the following:

  1. Borham recommends brushing your teeth twice before bedtime and once more a day by using toothpaste with the proper amount of fluoride, a natural mineral that aids in tooth decay prevention.
  2. Brushing your teeth after flossing or using interdental brushes on a regular basis (preferably daily).
  3. Visit your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis.
  4. Do not smoke.


Mouthwashes can’t get rid of plaque that’s already there, and this can only be accomplished by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Dr. Borham will be able to advise you on the best mouthwash to use and how to use it properly. If mouthwash helps control plaque build-up, the sticky substance that formed when bacteria collect on the surface of your teeth, your dentist may recommend it. Pharmacies sell antiseptic mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine or hexetidine over the counter but if you use chlorhexidine mouthwash on a daily basis, it might colour your teeth brown. Hence, Chlorhexidine mouthwash should not be used for more than four weeks.

Saltwater Treatment for Gingivitis:

Rinsing with salt water can help repair gingivitis-inflamed gums. Salt is a natural disinfectant that aids in the healing process of your body.

Salt water can also be used to:

  1. Gums that are irritated should be soothed.
  2. Assist in the reduction of pain.
  3. Bacteria are reduced.
  4. Food particles should be removed.
  5. Get rid of foul breath.

To find out how to treat Gum Disease, simply contact us and get more details by making an appointment at the Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry.