Gum Disease Myths To Watch Out For
You’ve probably heard of gum disease and the horrors it can inflict: lost teeth, infected gums, bone erosion, and other problems are all results of this horrible condition. It ruins many mouths in the Orlando area and beyond, and we’re dedicated to fighting it at Overmeyer Family Dental!
Just like any other complicated illness there are a lot of rumors floating around about gum disease. Many of them are seriously dangerous to people who may be at risk, which is why we want to share some common ones with you. Don’t fall prey to these gum disease rumors and end up needing extensive gum disease treatment to undo the damage!
Myth: It Isn’t Very Common
It’s unfortunate that this isn’t true considering how easy it is to prevent and treat gum disease. The truth is that over 65 percent of Americans over the age of 30 will have gum disease at some point in their lives. That means the chances are better than 50/50 that you’ll end up with it at some point in your life.
Gum disease is caused by the oral bacteria that exists inside everyone’s mouths. When it gets below your gumline you’re in serious trouble – and it’s easy for it to get there. The best way to keep yourself in that 45 percent who won’t get gum disease is to brush thoroughly twice a day and to also floss every evening.
Myth: A Little Bleeding In The Gums Is Nothing To Worry About
Bleeding gums are a common part of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. You might think that bleeding gums aren’t always a cause for concern, but guess what: they are. Your gums shouldn’t bleed under normal circumstances, and if they are (even a little bit) it means they’re inflamed. That means they’re infected.
This early stage of gum disease is easy to treat and reverse but it takes a dedication to dental care that is far more disciplined than it was before. Don’t get caught with gum disease when you can stop its progress right now!
Myth: Diabetes Means I Will Get Gum Disease – No Point In Fighting It!
It’s true that the gum disease risk for diabetics is much higher but it doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed! Diabetics have a harder time fighting inflammation in general, which means they have a harder time fighting the early symptoms of gum disease. With regular dental care at home and at our Orlando dentist office you can prevent it from ever occurring!
For many of our diabetic patients we recommend a more frequent treatment schedule. It’s not uncommon for diabetic patients to be seen every four months instead of every six – just an added layer of protection against gum disease.
Myth: No Cavities Means No Gum Disease
While the same bacteria that causes gum disease also causes cavities the two aren’t necessarily coexistent. Patients with cavities don’t always have gum disease and the reverse is also true. You might be incredibly good at keeping oral bacteria off of your teeth but terrible at watching out for your gums – you could easily end up with gum disease and not have cavities!
It’s important to see us forregular cleanings and examsso that we can identify the early signs of gum disease before they become serious. Gingivitis and gum disease aren’t often painful until much later in the development of the condition so it can be hard to tell when you’re starting to show signs.
Myth: Only Bad Oral Hygiene Causes Gum Disease
If you skip brushing and flossing you definitely are putting yourself at risk for cavities and gum disease but that’s not the only way to end up with them! There are a number of risk factors that make it easier to end up with gum disease, some which are completely beyond your control!
Smoking, excess sugar consumption, and even stress can put you at risk for gum disease development. Your genetics are also a factor, as is diabetes. These are yet more reasons why regular dental care is so important – you might not know when gum disease is showing itself but we definitely will!
Don’t Wait – See Us Today!
Gum disease can start well before you begin to show visible signs. We perform tests and examine your mouth thoroughly enough to know exactly what you’ll need to do to prevent it. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of gum disease when it can be prevented so easily!