Did you know that gum disease affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives? Because it is such a common affliction, there are many misconceptions surrounding the issue. Today, we are here again to debunk these common myths and give you the facts! The team at Pioneer Dental Group would like you to have all of the information you need to maintain a healthy smile. So, without further ado, let’s talk about three common gum disease myths:
Myth #1: Bleeding gums are no big deal.
Because gum disease is such a common affliction, everyone seems to think that gums that bleed when you brush them are completely normal. In fact, it is normal! But that is not a good thing! Just because bleeding gums are normal does not mean that they are not a problem. Bleeding gums means one thing: gum disease. And gum disease always needs to be treated as soon as possible.
Myth #2: If you brush your teeth every day, you aren’t at risk for gum disease.
So how do you prevent gum disease and avoid bleeding gums? You brush your teeth! Many people believe that it is that simple. However, this is another common misconception. Good dental hygiene is not always enough to keep gum disease at bay. Preventing gum disease takes a variety of steps:
Have good dental hygiene. That means brushing twice a day (with a brush with a small head and soft bristles) and flossing at least once per day. MANY people do not understand the importance of flossing (about one third of Americans never floss!), but you simply cannot prevent gum disease without it.
Eat a healthy diet. No amount of brushing and flossing can counteract the damage of a diet that is low in healthy foods and high in sugary, salty, fatty substances. Avoid unhealthy foods and fill your stomach with lots of fruit and vegetables.
Avoid disease-causing behaviors like smoking and drinking alcohol. Stress can also increase your likelihood of developing gum disease. Avoiding these gum disease-triggering behaviors will help you avoid problems in the long run.
Even if you do all of these things correctly, you could still end up with gum disease. Unfortunately, it can be hereditary. That’s why it’s VERY important to visit the dentist for a checkup at least twice a year. At these checkups, we can diagnose and treat any issue that may have popped up since your last visit. There are many factors that can play into gum disease … protect yourself against it by knowing the facts.
Myth #3: Gum disease can’t kill you.
Many people think that gum disease in general isn’t a big deal. They are wrong. Not only can gum disease lead to pain, jaw bone deterioration, and tooth loss, but it can also be linked to full-body illnesses like heart disease and diabetes! There have been studies that show a fairly strong causal link between gum disease and the spread of inflammation and bacteria in the blood. This means that, at the very least, gum disease could encourage the development of or agitate the existence of these other diseases.
Still think a little bleeding when you brush isn’t a big deal? Think again. By maintaining good oral health and keeping any pop up instances of gum disease at bay, you are helping to encourage good health throughout the body.
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Do you think you may have gum disease? Some symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums, red or tender gums, chronic bad breath, loose or shifting teeth, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, and more. Please contact our team immediately if you are due for a checkup or think that you may have a problem. You can reach us by calling 503-388-4691. You can also request an appointment online using our contact form. Either way, we would be delighted to help you get the care you need.
Don’t let your misconceptions about gum disease ruin your smile. Take the appropriate action. The team at Pioneer Dental Group is here for you.