Gum Disease Myths That Could Harm Your Oral Health
Posted on 12/20/2019 by David Mugford
Gum disease is incredibly common, affecting over 50% of adults. However, many people believe that because it's so common, it can't be that harmful.
If everyone has it, then can it really be that bad? The fact is, gum disease can cause long lasting complications and, if left untreated, can even be deadly.
Four Common Myths about Gum Disease
There are so many misconceptions about gum disease, and these four myths are some of the most prevalent:
Myth #1: If my gums are bleeding, then flossing can make it worse. For some reason, many patients seem to think that if their gums are bleeding, they should skip flossing altogether to avoid irritating their gums further. While bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, early stage gum disease is actually curable with thorough brushing and flossing.
Myth #2: My gums are bleeding so I should brush harder. Conversely, we have the patients who go off in another direction entirely and think that if their gums are bleeding, then they need to step up their brushing game by brushing more aggressively. Brushing too hard can lead to further irritation and even infection of the gums. Use a soft bristled tooth brush and brush gently to avoid causing more problems with your gums.
Myth #3: I don't have cavities, so my gums are also fine. Many people seem to mistakenly think that because they do not have cavities, then their gums are also free from infection. Gum disease does not always hurt; early symptoms can be as mild as swollen, red gums. Be vigilant about routine brushing and flossing to prevent gum disease.
Myth #4: Gum disease only affects my mouth, so why should I worry? This mindset is particularly dangerous. Some people neglect their teeth, thinking that they can just get dentures later on in life. That is a terrible idea! Gum disease can cause systemic inflammation, leading to diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even cancer.
Taking care of your teeth and gums is critical to your overall wellness. Just because you're asymptomatic and aren't noticing any pain does not automatically mean that your gums are healthy.
Taking time to brush and floss, and routine dental appointments, are key to maintaining your oral health. Please give our office a call and schedule a comprehensive dental exam with cleaning and help prevent gum disease from sneaking up on you.