We define gum disease, or gingivitis, as a disorder that can start to appear along, or beneath, the gum line. It happens due to a buildup of plaque and will cause gums that get sore, bleed, and can even become infected because of the germs that can get stuck inside plaque. If left untreated, a patient can even develop periodontal disease.
In its worse state, gum disease can lead to jaw bones or other bones deteriorating. Sounds pretty serious, right? Well, it is, which is part of why there have also been so many myths that have developed surrounding gum disease. Thankfully, we’re here to dispel those gum disease myths.
You Know When You Have It
Some people think signs of gum disease are just so obvious. However, while there are some signals like inflammation, poor-smelling breath, and bleeding, there are also many cases where a patient is asymptomatic for quite some time. There are a lot of people out there who have gum disease but are totally unaware, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a “silent illness.” Visit your dentist and they should be able to help you keep an eye on your gum health.
You’re Likely to Lose Teeth
Every patient and their condition is going to be different, so don’t take this as 100% true all of the time. However, it’s rare that extensive gum disease will lead to tooth loss. It’s certainly possible but most people end up identifying, and treating, their gum problems before it gets to the more serious and dangerous side effects. Work with your dentist and create a treatment plan to stop the problem from getting worse.
Only Sick People Get It
Often times people believe that gum disease mostly only affects people who have either poor oral hygiene or some other underlying medical condition. The truth is that there are a number of factors that can go into developing this disease, and just about everyone is susceptible to it. Some of these factors include whether you smoke, how much stress you’re under, and heredity, so it can be quite nuanced.
Bleeding Gums Are Normal
People think that their gums are bleeding simply from using too much force while brushing or flossing. This is often a sign of gingivitis though. If you see any blood in your saliva from brushing or if your gums look red, you may want to check in with your dentist and get more regular cleaning on the board.
Catonsville Dental Care Can Handle All of Your Oral Care Needs
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.