Common Myths About Gum Disease
We believe that in educating our patients about dental and oral health issues, the more these health issues can be prevented. When it comes to gum disease, there are many myths and misconceptions out there. We are here to help bust some of these misconceptions.
Myth #1 – It’s normal for gums to bleed.
Actually, bleeding gums are the first sign of gum disease. This is one of the most pervasive myths. When plaque accumulates around the gum line and on the teeth, gums get tender, swell and bleed. Daily brushing and flossing will help remove plaque and debris and keep your gums healthy.
Myth #2 – Gum Disease affects people who don’t clean their teeth
Poor oral hygiene can contribute to the development of gum disease, however many other factors may be involved. Tobacco, stress, poor diet, genetics, and even pregnancy can all contribute to your risk of developing gum disease.
It’s important to mention that in the early stages, gum disease is painless. Proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist are essential to your oral health.
Myth #3 – Gum Disease Is Irreversible
It’s important to know that gum disease is reversible in its earliest stage: gingivitis. The sooner gingivitis is diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat before it advances to gum disease. Learning you have gingivitis can be unsettling but proper oral hygiene habits and professional cleanings can, in most cases, make you gingivitis-free and prevent gum disease.
Myth #4 – Gum Disease only affects adults
Although Gum disease is more prevalent in adults, children are nonetheless susceptible. Children who are genetically predisposed or have certain illnesses such as autoimmune disorders or diabetes are at a higher risk. The best way to prevent gum disease in children is the same as for adults: proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.