Researchers say that more than 64 million Americans have a type of gum disease. If you have gum disease, you need to learn as much information about gum disease as you can. You need to be able to separate the myths from reality. Here is some information about the common myths about gum disease you need to understand in order to be able to fight the disease.
Myth #1: Not That Many People get Gum Disease
Although many people believe gum disease is not common, it is estimated that over half of all adults suffer from a form of gum disease, which makes it very common. In fact, gum disease, like tooth decay, are both caused by bacteria that are present in your mouth all the time. If you brush and floss your teeth every day, and visit the dentist, your chances of getting gum disease are reduced.
Myth #2: Cavities and Gum Disease Are the Same Thing
Although tooth decay and gum disease are both caused by bacteria, they are not the same disease. Cavities are caused when bacteria makes a hole in your tooth. Usually, you figure out that you have a cavity when your tooth starts to hurt. Once you have the cavity filled, the disease in that tooth goes away. Gum disease is often silent and painless until it causes serious damage, which is why brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups are so important.
Myth #3: If I Have Gum Disease, I Will Lose All of My Teeth
While gum disease is a serious issue, it does not necessarily mean that you will lose all of your teeth. In fact, if you brush and floss your teeth after every meal, and you come and see us twice a year, you can keep your gum disease under control. If your gum disease is under control, you will be able to maintain your gum health well into old age.
Do you have questions about oral diseases? If you are worried about gum disease, why not give us a call? We would love to talk to you about how we can work to ensure you keep your gums as healthy as possible.