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Busted! 4 Common Myths about Gum Disease

January 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandberg @ 10:32 pm
a woman revealing her inflamed gums

Oral health is oftentimes just thought of as taking care of your pearly whites, but there’s more to it than that! Your gums cover the bones of your mouth and teeth, as well as provide a protective barrier against bacteria. By maintaining a consistent dental routine (like brushing and flossing), you can protect both your teeth and gums. It’s important to not neglect any signs of gum (periodontal) disease by believing it isn’t that big of a deal. Your dentist is here to bust four myths about gum disease so that misconceptions about it never will keep you from the healthiest smile possible!

Myth #1: Gum Disease is Rare

It may shock you to learn that gum disease is much more common than you think it is. It is actually the most common oral health problem in the world! It’s estimated that almost half of all Americans (47%) over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. And it’s not just limited to adults; on average, 50% of children have some stage of it, too.

Since it is so prevalent, your dentist is well-equipped to deal with it. If you start noticing the early signs of periodontal disease (sore, red, puffy, and/or bleeding gums), visit your dentist as soon as possible for periodontal treatment.

Myth #2: Bleeding Gums are Normal

You may have noticed when you are brushing your teeth, your gums begin to bleed. Or perhaps when you are flossing and spit into the sink, you see that your saliva is tinged with pink. Since gum disease is so common, it is easy to falsely believe that bleeding gums is normal. Even if you think you are applying too much pressure during your dental routine, you are more than likely suffering from early gum disease. Your gums are not supposed to bleed and when they do, it could be a sign that they are inflamed from the buildup of bad bacteria. It’s your mouth’s way of telling you to visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Myth #3: Losing teeth is Inevitable

While it is true that you can lose your teeth by not tending to the early signs of gum disease and allowing it to progress to its late stages, it is completely preventable! Periodontal disease does not automatically mean you will lose your pearly whites. With the right treatment and a good oral hygiene routine, your smile can remain whole and healthy.

Myth #4: Gum Disease is Irreversible

The last important myth to bust about gum disease is that it is irreversible. As stated above, the key is paying attention to the signs and seeing your dentist right away so it can be treated before it progresses too far and you place yourself at risk of tooth loss. Your dentist can offer periodontal therapies which target the buildup of tartar on the teeth below the gum line.

Gum disease is a common but serious factor regarding our oral health. By being aware of the certain myths and maintaining your biannual dental visits, you can count on your smile to be healthy for years to come!

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South Jersey Center for Dental Medicine is eager to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy through its two dental experts! They have a wide range of dental services using advanced dental technology and convenient hours so you can easily keep your smile in its best condition. With a 5-star rating from over 180 reviews, they make it a priority to give you one-on-one oral health care. To schedule an appointment, contact them through their website or call (856) 596-4333.

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