4 common myths about gum disease

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  Because gum disease is such a harmful condition, it's important that individuals can dispel the common myths surrounding it. Let's take a closer look at fact vs. fiction when it comes to periodontal disease.

Posted: August 25, 2017

Visiting the dentist when a noticeable oral health issue occurs is critical, but this isn't the only time to schedule an appointment. Unfortunately, the most minor problems, causing little to no pain, can lead to more severe issues down the road when left untreated. This ignorance may be the reason so many people don't seek oral care they need, as periodontal disease may occur and turn into several other diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and even certain cancers, according to Samuel Low, DDS, MS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

"Patients do not always seek the periodontal care they require because they are not aware of the long-term and potentially dangerous implications of untreated gum disease," said Dr. Low. "Unfortunately, there are a variety of myths surrounding periodontal disease and its repercussions."

"Periodontal disease can turn into several other conditions."

Because gum disease is such a harmful condition, it's important that individuals can dispel the common myths surrounding it. Let's take a closer look at fact vs. fiction when it comes to periodontal disease:

1. It's not common, therefore I'm not at risk
Unfortunately, gum disease is probably more common than you think. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 64.7 million Americans had mild, moderate or severe periodontitis - the most advanced form of periodontal disease - in 2009 and 2010. That's nearly half of the adult population! As stated earlier, just because you're not showing any signs of an oral issue, doesn't necessarily mean you don't have gum disease. With almost 50 percent of the American adult population having periodontitis, it's in your best interest to visit the dentist regularly - one to two times a year - to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent diseases and conditions from developing.

2. Bleeding gums are normal
Brushing your teeth to the point of spitting blood into the sink doesn't always indicate that you brushed too hard. According to the AAP, red, swollen and bleeding gums are one of the most common initial signs of periodontal disease. If you notice swollen or bleeding gums while brushing, flossing, or even eating certain foods, you should have a dentist evaluate your oral cavity and check for gum disease.

Flossing every day is critical to oral wellness.Flossing every day is critical to oral wellness.

3. Flossing every day is optional
If you don't floss every day, you won't get the leftover food debris that forms plaque between your teeth. Brushing eliminates most of the food particles, but flossing gets rid of those left behind that often lead to gum disease. Flossing every day can prevent this from happening.

4. Bad breath isn't an indicator
False. If you have persistent bad breath, or even a bad taste in your mouth, you could have gum disease or another oral condition. It's in your best interest to visit the dentist to get a better understanding of why you breath isn't fresh. Additionally, you may seek additional bad breath preventative measures. TheraBreath products, such as Oral Rinse, Toothpaste Plus and Chewing Gum can attack bacteria responsible for bad breath and leave your oral cavity smelling and feeling fresh.

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