Common Misconceptions About Gum Disease
We believe if our patients have more information about dental health problems they will be able to better avoid them. Periodontal diseases are illness of gum and bone. We always warn patients about risks that accompany periodontal disease, such as :
- Bad breath
- loss of teeth
- systemic disease
You shall be aware that there are also many common misconceptions about gum disease.To help you understand better, we’ve decided to bust some myths today!
1.Bleeding gum is normal and happens to everyone
This is not true, bleeding gums are the first sign of gum disease and if not treated will lead to periodontal disease.When plaque accumulates on the teeth and around the gum line gum tends to swell, bleed, become tender and painful.You can keep your gum healthy by flossing and brushing daily also by getting regular dental scaling that helps removing plaques and calculus at your dentist.
2.Gum disease is the result of not cleaning your teeth
There are so many factors contributing to gum disease and poor oral hygiene ( not flossing and brushing) is only one of them. Other factors including:
- Tobacco use
- bad diet
- certain illnesses such as diabetes
Do not think because you do not have any cavities you are also not having gum disease. Gingivitis or gum disease is completely painless at the beginning and main signs of it is bleeding gum.That’s why good oral hygiene and twice-yearly visits to your dentist for a check-up is essential for your oral health, even if you don’t have a cavity.
3.Gum disease is irreversible
We want our patients to know that gum disease or gingivitis if untreated can be irreversible although you have enough time before that happens to prevent such oral health issues.It is better to find the gingivitis early stage because it will be easier to eliminate is and prevent is from becoming full-blown periodontitis. To find out you have gum disease is worrisome,although good news is if caught on time it can be treated easily.
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4. Gum disease only attacks adults.
Gum disease is much more common in adults, but that doesn’t mean that children cannot be prone to it. Children who are genetically disposed or have certain systemic disease such as diabetes or autoimmune disease are more susceptible to gingivitis.Children at puberty are more in danger of having gum disease due to hormonal changes. To protect our children against gum disease best is to take them to the dentist at least twice a year and make sure they have best oral hygiene at home.
5.Diabetes causes gum disease 100% of the times
If you have diabetes you are certainly at high risk of getting gingivitis but it is not inevitable. To prevent this you need to visit your dentist as frequent as possible and have the best oral hygiene at home. Frequent dental cleaning and scaling will prevent irreversible damage to your gum and bone.Proper blood glucose control can also help you lower your risk.
Now you know the most effective way of taking care of your gum so KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!! 🙂
**The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.