According to the American Academy of Periodontology, an estimate of approximately 75% of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Gum disease ranges from a mild case called gingivitis to a more severe case called advanced periodontitis. This bacterial infection destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bone that holds your natural teeth in place. Although gum disease has be highly publicized for the past few years, several people still don’t take it seriously due to the common myths surrounding gum disease. In this post I’ll be dispelling the truth behind the myths surrounding gum disease.
Myth #1: Gum disease isn’t even that common.
Fact: This is incorrect. In fact, gum disease is extremely common. As I mentioned earlier, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, an estimate of approximately 75% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease.
Myth #2: I don’t have cavities so there’s no way I have gum disease.
Fact: You may be cavity-free, but it doesn’t ensure that you’re in the clear where gum disease is concerned. This is because gum disease is painless and many people don’t even know that they even have it. Of course, gums that’s bleed or are red, swollen or tender are all signs of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the only stage that’s reversible with treatment and proper oral hygiene.
Myth #3: Having gum disease means my teeth are going to fall out
Fact: Once again, this is incorrect. You won’t have to lose any teeth to gum disease if you practice proper oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene involves brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, eating a healthy diet and visiting your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings on a regular basis. Even if you’re diagnosed with gum disease, a dental professional will be able to design a treatment plan to keep it under control.
Myth #4: Bleeding gums during pregnancy is completely normal.
Fact: While it is true that pregnant women can develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis”, it’s not true that every women experiences this. You can help prevent pregnancy gingivitis by taking extra care while you practice oral hygiene. Your dental professional may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this condition.
Myth #1: Flossing my teeth is not important.
Fact: In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, you should be flossing at least once a day to prevent gum disease. According to a survey that was released by Delta Dental, only 4 in 10 adults floss their teeth on a daily basis. Diligent oral hygiene helps treat and prevent gingivitis as a part of an extensive dental plan.
If you feel that you may be suffering from a form of gum disease, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at (561) 220-4808to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for information regarding gum disease.