Have you heard horror stories about gum disease? Have you wondered how much of what you’ve read is true? Are you worried about your gums? If so we’re here to help separate fact from fiction and dispel some of the more common myths surrounding gum disease.

Myth 1: Bleeding gums aren’t really a problem.

Bleeding gums is a serious indicator of gum disease, and we recommend that you quickly call our dentist if you notice bleeding gums while you clean your teeth. While it is true that gum disease can result in the loss of a tooth, studies have shown that it gum disease can lead to other health complications, like diabetes and heart disease.

Myth 2: Gum disease only comes from lackluster oral hygiene.

While poor hygiene is certainly a factor that impacts the health of your gums, there are several influences that can be, at least partially, responsible for gum disease. For example, factors like your diet, tobacco use, stress, certain medications, age and even genetics can cause gum disease.  Please don’t think you’re safe just because you floss and brush thoroughly.

Myth 3: Gum disease always leads to tooth loss.

You may have heard that gum disease always results in a lost tooth, and you may have heard that teeth that are lost because of gum disease are gone forever. Fortunately, neither of these stories is true. Gum disease can be treated and reversed with proper dental care and proper hygiene. Also, with a dental implant, our dentists can restore your smile to its optimal comfort, even if you lost the tooth to gum disease.

Myth 4: It’s normal for gums to bleed during pregnancy

It is true that many women experience a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. However, this does not mean that your gums should bleed while you are pregnant.  Like other gum diseases, with proper dental care (including your biannual visits) and an effective oral hygiene plan, you can control pregnancy gingivitis. In fact, it is extremely important for the health of the mother and the development of the child to get proper care when pregnant.

If you have any other questions about gum disease, please call us soon. We are excited to hear from you.