Gum Disease Myths Debunked
Welcome back to the ongoing blog of the LANAP and Implant Center in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA. Gum disease is a hot topic because, as you may know, it affects most people as some point in their lives! Our jobs are to help get you the treatment you need and/or teach you how to prevent it altogether!
Despite being such a widespread affliction, gum disease is really misunderstood. In fact, there are a variety of myths surrounding the topic that can stop people from seeking the treatment they need. Let’s talk about some of these myths and offer the correct line of thought. As always, if you have any additional concerns, please contact our team. We would be happy to help!
Myth #1: Bleeding gums are normal.
The idea that a little bit of blood when you brush your teeth is completely normal is simply inaccurate. However, it is understandable. Gum disease is highly prevalent problem all over the country, so bleeding gums actually may be quite common — although it still does indicate that something is wrong! Bleeding gums (along with swollen, tender, or red gums) is a sign of gum disease. If you notice anything abnormal in your mouth, please contact our team as soon as possible. We would be happy to examine your situation and help you get the care you need if necessary.
By ignoring bleeding gums (or other signs of gum disease), you are putting yourself at risk for the more serious consequences of dental infections. For instance, if gum disease is left untreated, your jaw bone will begin to deteriorate and your teeth will fall out! This is a very real danger … gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in adults. To preserve your smile and avoid the need for tooth replacement options, please do not wait to seek treatment if you notice anything abnormal (including bleeding gums).
Myth #2: If you brush and floss like you are supposed to, you will not get gum disease.
If this were the case, our jobs would be much easier! While brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day is essential to helping prevent gum disease and slew of other dental problems, hygiene alone cannot prevent it entirely. In fact, there are many other factors that play into your dental health. Other things that can affect your likelihood of developing gum disease include certain medications and medical condition, genetics, nutrition, and more.
To completely prevent major problems associated with gum disease, please follow these four tips:
Brush and floss as directly. This is obviously very important, but certainly not the only thing you can do.
Eat a balanced diet. Sugar feeds the harmful bacteria in your mouth. By avoiding sugary foods and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, you are giving your body the tools it needs to fit off infection.
Maintain regular dental visits. This is important because even if you are maintaining proper hygiene and a healthy diet, other risk factors could contribute to infection. By getting checked out at least twice a year, we can catch gum disease in its earliest stages and tackle it before it causes any major problems!
Myth #3: Once you loose a tooth to gum disease, it’s too late.
False. Even if you have lost teeth due to gum disease, we can help you. First, we can eliminate your infection and restore your oral health. THEN we can help you choose a tooth replacement option that fits your specific needs. We offer dental implants tooth replacement solutions that are great for patients who want secure, reliable, and authentic new teeth.
Make An Appointment
Do you have any questions about gum disease? Have you noticed signs and want to get your infection taken care of right away? Have you already lost teeth and need help? Whatever your current situation, we can help you. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment. You can reach our Collegeville office at 610-617-4000 or our Williamsport office at 570-505-5565. We would be happy to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit.
Gum disease can put a real damper on your oral health. Don’t let it ruin your smile. We can’t wait to hear from you!