Gum disease is a serious condition surrounded that many Americans have heard inaccurate stories about. Interestingly, the seriousness of some issues with gum disease is grossly diminished while other reports are greatly exaggerated. We are pleased to present several myths and their respective truths. If you’re interested in learning what is fact and what is fiction, please read on.
Myth 1: Bleeding gums aren’t really a problem.
If your gums bleed when you are cleaning them, we recommend that you quickly call our dentist to see if you are suffering from gum disease. Gum disease can lead to a variety of complications, including diabetes and heart disease.
Myth 2: Gum disease only comes from lackluster oral hygiene.
While poor hygiene is certainly a factor that impacts the health of your gums, there are several influences that can be, at least partially, responsible for gum disease. For example, factors like your diet, tobacco use, stress, certain medications, age and even genetics. Please don’t think you’re safe just because you floss and brush extraordinarily.
Myth 3: Gum disease always leads to tooth loss.
You may have heard that gum disease always results in a lost tooth, and you may have heard that teeth that are lost because of gum disease are gone forever. Fortunately, neither of these stories is true. Gum disease can be treated and reversed with proper dental care and proper hygiene. Also, with a dental implant, our dentists can restore your smile to its optimal comfort, even if you lost the tooth to gum disease.
Myth 4: It’s normal for gums to bleed during pregnancy
Some pregnant women do develop s condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, but even this situation can be controlled. We recommend speaking to a dental professional to develop a plan that meets your unique needs.
If you have any other questions about gum disease, please call us soon. We are excited to hear from you.