Have you heard horror stories about gum disease? Have you wondered how much of what you’ve read is true? Are you worried about the state of your gums? If so we’re here to help separate fact from fiction and dispel some of the more common myths surrounding gum disease.
Myth 1: Bleeding gums aren’t really a problem.
Bleeding gums is a serious indicator of gum disease, and we recommend that you quickly call our dentist if you notice bleeding gums while you clean your teeth. While it is true that gum disease can result in the loss of a tooth, studies have shown that it can also lead to other health complications, like 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 can all contribute to the condition. Please don’t think you’re safe just because you floss and brush thoroughly.
Myth 3: Gum disease always leads to tooth loss.
Have you been told that if you have gum disease, you will have a tooth that can never be replaced? If so, we have good news for you. First, gum disease does not always lead to the loss of your teeth. Second, our dentist is trained to replace missing teeth, even if you do happen to lose a tooth because of gum disease. And with our restorations, you can enjoy a comfortable, healthy smile.
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 will treat and prevent pregnancy gingivitis.
If you have any other questions about gum disease, please call us soon. We are excited to hear from you.