Once a myth gains traction, it’s challenging to dismiss it, but it’s important to try. Many myths are circulating about gum disease. We want to examine several of them and give our patients the correct information. The team at Michelle Munoz, DDS, is here to bust myths about gum disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease (periodontitis) is an infection of the tissues and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria on our teeth, causes the infection.
Gum Disease Myths
Gum disease only affects your mouth. Stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions have ties to gum disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease can spread through your body.
- Poor oral hygiene causes gum disease. Poor oral hygiene practices can contribute to the development of gum disease, but it’s not the only risk factor. Tobacco use, genetics, poor diet, and stress are also risk factors for developing gum disease.
- Bleeding gums are not important. Gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily can indicate gum disease. If your gums bleed while you’re brushing and flossing your teeth, make an appointment to see us.
- Daily flossing isn’t important. Flossing your teeth every day helps to reduce plaque buildup, which can cause gum disease. For better oral health, floss once a day.
- Gum disease is not common. The risk of gum disease increases as you age. Approximately 50 percent of people over the age of 30 have gum disease. Check for signs of gum disease like bad breath and bleeding gums. And maintain proper oral hygiene.
- Cavity-free means no gum disease. Gum disease can begin with no symptoms. Many people have it and don’t know it. Having no cavities is excellent, but it doesn’t protect you from gum disease.
- Losing your teeth is inevitable. Gum disease is reversible when found in the early stages. If you have gum disease, we have treatment to help keep it under control. There are tooth replacement options for patients with advanced gum disease.
Hopefully, we’ve cleared a few things up for you. Are you experiencing any signs of gum disease? How long has it been since your last dental visit? If you live in Uvalde, Texas, or the surrounding areas, contact our office to schedule an appointment.