Gum Disease Myths to Be on the Lookout For
Gum disease starts out small, practically undetectable to the naked eye. Left untreated, however, it can turn into a serious condition, affecting your teeth, your jawbone and even the rest of your overall health.
It is not often well understood, and there are many myths out there that you should be on the lookout for.
Bleeding Gums is No Big Deal
You may think that bleeding gums are the result of brushing or flossing too hard. However, if your gums bleed, this is an early indication of gum disease and should be addressed right away.
As Long As You Brush, Your Mouth is Healthy
Brushing is important to preventing gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can lead to problems, but it is not the only cause. Tobacco use, both smoking and chewing, can play a part. Poor diet may also lead to gum disease, as your gums and teeth are lacking in essential nutrients.
Gum Disease is Rare
Gum disease is actually quite common. Approximately 50% (some studies saying as much as 90%) of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.
Gum Disease Means Tooth Loss
If caught early enough, and is properly treated, you won’t lose any teeth. Even if you do suffer tooth loss, dental implants or other tooth replacement options are available.
Bad Breath Indicates Gum Disease
To an extent, this is true. But bad breath can also be the result of other factors as well. Dry mouth, for instance, can cause bad breath, as can certain types of medications. To determine the exact cause, you need to visit your dentist.
No Cavities = No Gum Disease
Just because your teeth are healthy, that doesn’t mean you can’t have gum disease. You can have gum disease and not even know it. Your first indication is often bleeding gums.
You Don’t Need to Floss Daily
You should floss daily. Flossing get the areas that your regular toothbrush can’t reach, between the teeth and below the gum line. This keeps bacteria from building up and getting below the gums, which causes gum disease in the first place.
Gum disease can cause some severe issues, including receding gums, a weakened jawbone and even tooth loss. To learn the truths about gum disease, contact our office at your next appointment.