What you don’t know about gum disease could impact your dental health

gum diseasePeriodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Despite its prevalence, gum disease remains widely misunderstood.

Let’s consider some of the most common misconceptions regarding periodontal disease below:

Myth: Cavities and gum disease go hand-in-hand

Some patients believe that if they’re cavity-free, their gums must be healthy too. While this is sometimes the case, it’s not always true. Gum disease can occur independently of tooth decay, so it’s important to visit your dentist for regularly scheduled preventive check-ups.

Myth: Periodontal disease isn’t common

Think gum disease is something that only happens to older adults? Think again. In fact, it is extremely common. It has been estimated that around half of people age 30 or older currently have some form of gum disease. Practicing good oral hygiene at home is one of the most effective ways you can help prevent it.

Myth: Bleeding gums aren’t worrisome

One of the earliest signs of gingivitis is gums that bleed during brushing. Many people mistakenly assume that bleeding gums are a normal sign of a thorough brushing job. That’s simply not the case. Healthy gums don’t bleed, so blood on the toothbrush should always raise a red flag. Other common symptoms include gums that are red or inflamed, bad breath and gums that are receding.

Myth: Tooth loss always occurs with gum disease

Gum disease is progressive. In its earliest stage, gingivitis, it can be treated and reversed. However, periodontal disease is linked to tooth loss if it’s allowed to progress. In its most severe stage, periodontitis, the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth are damaged, causing the teeth to loosen and ultimately fall out. Early detection is key to preventing tooth loss.

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