Many myths surround gum disease that can be scarier than providing informative, helpful information to people. There is a lot of misinformation, so let us look at some that we can help clear up for you.
“Gum disease is not that common. There is no need to worry.”
This is not true. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is when there is an infection of the surrounding tissues that structures your teeth’ position. Gum disease is quite common, and more than half of the adult population has some gum disease.
“You will permanently lose your teeth if you have gum disease.”
This is true, but not entirely. The sooner you are diagnosed with gum disease, the more shortly you can receive treatment to help save your teeth. Your dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help you preserve your teeth before the condition worsens.
“You should not worry about gum disease if you don’t have cavities.”
Incorrect. Although you may not have cavities, it does not mean that you do not have any periodontal disease level. For many, periodontal disease usually is painless and asymptomatic. Therefore, many do not realize that they have gum disease until it gets severe. The first sign of being aware of gum disease is when you have red, swollen, or tender gums. It is always best to schedule an appointment with your dentist to ensure your oral health.
“Diabetics all develop gum disease.”
Incorrect. Although diabetes brings higher risk, it does not mean that you have life-threatening periodontal disease. For diabetic people, you will need to be extra critical and maintain a high pristine oral care routine to ensure perfect oral health.
“If you have halitosis, you have gum disease.”
Partial true. The consistent lousy breath may signify that you have another oral condition you need to be aware of. It can relate to other underlying medical conditions that you may have not to be mindful of.
Being on top of the signs is the first step in preventing any harm or damages to your gums. Be sure to visit your dentist and make sure that your diagnosis does not put you at greater risk. Periodontal disease can be a preventable condition if you detect it early enough. If you are concerned, please contact your office so we can help assist you further.