What are gums?

Gums are coral pink tissues in the oral cavity that surround each tooth.

Also referred to with the blanket term “gum disease,” periodontal diseases affect the oral cavity, leading to infections in the gums, and creating inflammation, bleeding, loosening of teeth, and even pain. 

Depending on the severity of the disease, this illness is also called gingivitis or periodontitis.

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Health and well-being of gums

The health and well-being of your gums is as important as that of your teeth. Deficient care of the gums can provoke illnesses like gingivitis or periodontitis. A specialist in periodontics can help you recover the health and appearance of your gums. 

"Trained in Basque Country, Spain."

Biotechnological Institute Eduardo Anitua in Vitoria Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain.

 

Perfect Balance between Teaching and Clinical Experience.

Perfect balance between teaching and clinical experience.

Dr. Blanco trains new generations of dentists. Her pedagogy has allowed her to enrich her own practice, supplementing her theoretical knowledge and a rich clinical experience.

 

“A common sickness.”

About 40% of adults suffer some form of gum disease without being conscious of it. This disease advances silently, because symptoms are initially mild, becoming noticeable only as gum disease progresses. This is why gum disease often remains unnoticed by the person suffering from it. The earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the higer the chance of a positive result.

After eating a meal, a thin coating made up of food particles stays on the teeth. This is what we call dentobacterial plaque, and if this plaque is not removed—whether because of a lack of brushing or merely bad brushing technique—it hardens and becomes what dentists call calculus or tartar. Tartar is full of toxins and bacteria, and the only way to remove it is through a cleaning that is performed by a dentist or periodontist. If this tartar is not removed, the space between gum and tooth starts to grow, leading to inflamation, bleeding, loosening of teeth, pain, and in the last instance, the loss of teeth.

 

- Bleeding: the most common and the most important symptom is bleeding. Bleeding in the gums is never normal—it doesn’t matter if it is a tiny and seemingly insignificant drop of blood: if there is bleeding, you likely have periodontal disease.

- Red, swollen, and bland gums.

- Receding gums (longer teeth).

- Loose teeth, loss or separation of teeth without any prior reason.

- Pus in the are between teeth and gums

- Badly adjusted prostheses

- Pain in the gums

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What is the treatment for these conditions? Can I be cured?
The specific treatment for the periodontal condition will be determined by the periodontist based on your age, medical history, extent and severity of the condition, tolerance to specific medicines, surgical and non-surgical procedures, treatment expectations, opinions and preferences. The faster the diagnosis and treatment, the more teeth can be saved. At the end of treatment, it is vital to attend periodic check-ups and continue with hygiene procedures at home in order to prevent the problem from returning.  If you feel you have a periodontal problem, do not delay making an appointment with the our periodontist; your collaboration with the specialist is very important in ensuring successful treatment. 

1.-Apply ice to the outside of the operated area for five minutes, remove it for five more minutes and continue alternating. Drink chilled liquid food. Follow these instructions for the first 48 hours. 

2.-On the third day, apply warm moist compresses to the swollen area, for 20 minutes every hour, until the swelling disappears completely.

3.-If a gauze was applied, remove it after 15 minutes. If bleeding occurs, place a new gauze in the same position as the first one was placed at the end of surgery and apply pressure for 30 minutes. If the bleeding persists, keep applying pressure to the gauze until the bleeding stops. If this does not control the hemorrhage, call a doctor immediately.

4. To avoid night bleeding, you should sleep in a semi-upright position for the first 48 hours after surgery, using cushions or pillows to keep yourself upright.

5.-During the first days post-operation, bruises may appear in the operated area or nearby areas, which is completely normal. They will begin to disappear in approximately 7 days.

 6.-To rinse your mouth, use tap water and move your head from side to side, do not gargle or use mouthwash (unless indicated by the doctor). Do not spit the water out—just let the water spill out effortlessly from your mouth.

7.-Eat soft foods for one week, such as chicken and fish. Do not eat fatty, spicy or irritating food. When drinking, do not use a straw. After this period, return to your normal diet. 

8.-Brush the oral cavity regularly and do it gently in the area of the operation.

9.-Try to rest. Avoid exposure to the sun, and more generally, avoid hot places. For one week, do not cook or iron, and avoid strenuous exercise.

10.-Avoid smoking during the entire healing process, (from 10 days to 3 months approximately.) Do not drink alcoholic beverages for the 7 days following the procedure.

11.-Do not talk too much—say what you need to in order to communicate your needs; otherwise, you may experience swelling. Following the surgery, the mouth’s ability to open will be limited. This is normal. Don’t try to open it too wide; as the days pass your mouth will return to normal.

12.-Do not forget to take your medications on time. This will prevent pain, infection and swelling.

13. Attend appointments to remove stitches and check-ups.

50% of a treatment´s success is due to the recovery. 

Selecting a destination with a climate favorable to healing and recovery processes during dental treatments is key to a successful result. As you can imagine, climates that are too hot for example the beach are unfavorable to healing as they provoke more and longer-lasting swelling, and they oblige the patient to stay in their room, it not being recommended to go out in order to avoid being exposed to the sun and  high temperatures. 

Our clinic is located in a valley surrounded by mountains and evergreen forests, which allows us to enjoy an average temperature of 15 degrees centigrade, ideal for good healing processes. Being the most attractive colonial city in Mexico, full of pedestrian zones, magical hidden corners and cobbled streets, San Cristóbal de las Casas invites you to go on tours and walks not only in the city but also in the surroundings during the days of your dental treatment.  The food on offer is varied and delicious, and the concentration of cafes, design stores and proposals that mix modern and traditional will complete your journey and experience. 

Benefits of COLD weather

Placing a dental implant is a procedure that is easier in a cool climate than a hot one

Heat can produce inflammation, which slows healing, and can make you, the patient, feel less comfortable in a hotter climate than you would be in a colder one. 

Colonial jewel + agreeable weather

“The most magical of the pueblos mágicos of Mexico”

Almost all year round, the climate is temperate, allowing you to spend pleasant days and nights appreciating the artistic, cultural, and culinary life of what we consider to be the Colonial Jewel of Mexico.

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