4 Gum Disease Myths, Busted!

December 26, 2022

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Gum disease is an infection in the mouth that often occurs as the result of poor oral hygiene but can also be caused by several other factors. This condition is known by many, but misinformation regarding it has left people unaware of what’s fact and what’s fiction. To help you determine what you’ve heard is true and what’s false, keep reading as we debunk 4 common gum disease myths.

Myth #1: Gum Disease Is Rare

Many people are under the impression that gum disease is incredibly rare and it’s unlikely that they will ever develop it. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 50% of adults aged 30 and older have some form of gum disease. That’s why it’s important to keep your eyes open for common symptoms, such as:

  • Gums that are red, swollen, or tender to the touch
  • Gum recession or teeth appearing to get longer
  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Halitosis, or persistent bad breath
  • Lose teeth or tooth loss
  • Pain when you chew
  • Sensitive teeth

Myth #2: I’ll Lose My Teeth If I Get Gum Disease

Though losing teeth is a potential side effect of gum disease, the loss of your pearly whites isn’t inevitable. If gum disease is caught in its the early stages, which is called gingivitis, it is fairly easy to treat and even reverse. But, if gum disease continues to worsen, it will develop into periodontitis.

At this stage, the damage done by gum disease can no longer be reversed. You may experience more serious symptoms, such as loose teeth, receding gums, jawbone deterioration, and tooth loss. Brushing your teeth twice each day, flossing every night, drinking plenty of water, and visiting your dentist every six months is usually enough to prevent oral health issues and keep your smile gum disease-free.

Myth #3: Bleeding Gums Are Normal

Some people think that a little bleeding from their gums when they floss is normal. Unfortunately, this is a sign of oral health issues. Some people’s gums bleed when they don’t floss very often, but it might also signal that you’re developing a gum infection. If this ever happens to you, set up an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so they can examine your mouth and determine the best way to treat this issue.

Myth #4: Infected Gums Will Heal on Their Own

If you neglect to visit your dentist because you think gum disease will heal on its own, this will allow the issue to continue to get worse. It will ultimately lead to serious damage to your tooth, jaw, and gums. If you get periodontal therapy, they may use treatments such as a laser that removes pockets of infection and seals the cleansed sight so your mouth will heal quicker.

Gum disease myths lead to a lot of confusion about this condition. With the above information, you should be able to identify potential signs of it so you can receive the prompt treatment you need to protect your smile from further harm!

About the Practice

Boston Smile Center and the three skilled dentists who lead them are here to help patients keep their smiles in the best possible shape. They offer periodontal therapy to treat gum infections and get your smile back on the right track. They can also debunk gum disease myths so that you have the right information about this condition. If you are ready to set up an appointment with Boston Smile Center or want more information on gum disease therapy, visit their website or call (617) 739-1017. 

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