SOURCE: Advanced Dental of Las Cruces

Las Cruces Dental Implants

August 31, 2015 17:32 ET

Las Cruces Dentist Warns Patients of Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Problems

LAS CRUCES, NM--(Marketwired - August 31, 2015) - A leading Las Cruces sleep apnea dentist is citing a new university study that has pinpointed periodontal disease as a cause of heart attacks.

Dr. Harvey Reiter, owner of Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, offers preventive and restorative treatment to patients of all ages. Gum disease often occurs without warning and is the leading cause of tooth loss.

“It’s alarming how much gum disease can affect our oral health and livelihood,” Dr. Reiter said. “Gum disease can not only damage and destroy your teeth, but it now has been linked to these potentially deadly medical problems.”

Dr. Reiter said it has now been documented that up to 50 percent of heart attacks are linked to gum disease and 70 to 80 percent of the adult population has gum problems.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria infects the gum, creating a pocket between the gum and the tooth -- known as a periodontal pocket. If left untreated, gum disease can erode gums and the patient’s jawbone, leading to tooth loss. Additionally, the inflammation caused by gum disease can spread to other areas of the body.

Dr. Reiter works with patients who have signs of gum disease to properly clean out the infection and return the mouth to a healthier state. Patients can be treated with nonsurgical methods in as little as one appointment. The procedure, known as scaling and root planing, removes the infection below the gums and allows the teeth and gums to naturally re-attach.

“Patients are shocked to find out the relationship between heart disease and periodontal disease, but at the same time, they are thankful that something can be done about it,” Dr. Reiter said. “With proper treatment and at-home care, they'll keep their teeth for a lifetime and avoid one of the major triggers of a heart attack.”

Dr. Reiter is a premier sleep apnea dentist who completed a residency on sleep disorders at the University of California in Los Angeles. Advanced Dental of Las Cruces works with a sleep doctor to diagnose sleep apnea disorders. To treat sleep apnea, Dr. Reiter uses a special oral appliance designed to position the jawbone in a more appropriate location that opens the airway during sleep.

Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, 1423 South Don Roser Drive, offers comprehensive dental care. Dr. Reiter provides dental implant restorations; Six Month Smiles and Invisalign to correct alignment issues; sedation dentistry for fearful patients or patients who need multiple treatments in one visit; and sleep apnea treatment solutions. Dr. Reiter introduced a new technology called Altadonics Dentures that allows him to store 3-D images of dentures for every denture patient. The advantage is that patients can easily replace lost or broken dentures.

Dr. Reiter holds memberships with the American Academy of Dental Medicine, Craniofacial Pain Society, Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation, SomnoMed Sleep Academy, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Sleep Apnea Association. Dr. Reiter graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has attended hundreds of hours in continuing education and dental residencies on dental implants, sleep apnea, TMJ dysfunction, cosmetic dentistry and full-mouth reconstructions.

To learn more about Las Cruces dental implants, visit Dr. Reiter’s website at or call his office at 575-680-1037.

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