By learning the truth behind some common gum disease myths, you can be better prepared to keep your teeth healthy.
Bleeding Gums Aren't a Cause for ConcernIf your gums are bleeding, there is a reason. Red, bleeding, and swollen gums are telltale signs of gum disease. If you notice any of these signs, you should be sure to schedule a visit with your dentist right away.
If You Have Bad Breath, You Have Gum DiseaseThis myth is only sometimes true, as gum disease can cause bad breath. However, there are other factors as well, including the medications that you are taking and dry mouth. Only your dentist will be able to tell you for sure if your bad breath is a sign of gum disease or some other problem.
The End Result of Gum Disease is Always Tooth LossA diagnosis of gum disease isn't a sure sign that you will lose your teeth. This doesn't have to happen, and if you catch gum disease in its earliest stages, you can even reverse it.
Flossing Doesn't Benefit the GumsSome people believe that the entire purpose of flossing is to clean the hard to reach areas of the teeth. In fact, flossing is important in preventing gum disease, as well. Sadly, only about 13% of people in the U.S. floss each day, which could be why the incidence of gum disease is so high.
Bad Oral Hygiene is What Causes Gum DiseaseThis myth is certainly partly true, as failing to brush and floss is a big cause of gum disease. However, other factors can also lead to the development of gum disease, including tobacco use, stress, poor diet, genetics, and diabetes.
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