Gum Disease – Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to gum disease what do you really know about it? Do you know the facts? After all, there are all sorts of myths and misconceptions out there when it comes to gingivitis and gum disease. And, when you don’t know what’s true and what’s false you are doing your teeth and gums a disservice. Today let’s play a little game of: Gum Disease – Fact or Fiction?

FACT or FICTION: Only seniors are at risk for gum disease.

This is FICTION. Everyone is at risk for gum disease. In fact, 64.7 million American adults have mild, moderate or severe gum disease.

FACT or FICTION: Bleeding gums when brushing is normal.

This is FICTION. While a small amount of blood while brushing may not be a big deal, if your gums are consistently bleeding while brushing then you should be concerned. Bleeding gums often indicate that you have plaque building up on your teeth. The plaque contains germs and irritates your gums causing the bleeding. This is often an early indicator of gum disease.

FACT or FICTION: Flossing will help gum disease.

This is FACT. Yes, flossing will help prevent gum disease. Flossing helps to remove plaque that sits below the gum line and between teeth. Flossing once per day can go a long way in helping to keep your mouth healthy. If you’re unsure how to properly floss, go to: 5 Steps to a Flawless Floss

FACT or FICTION: Bad oral hygiene is the only factor that contributes to gum disease.

This is FICTION. While bad oral hygiene is one of the primary contributors to gum disease, there are other contributing factors. Use of Tobacco/smoking, hormonal changes in girls/women, stress, diet, and medications may also be factors when it comes to periodontal disease.

FACT or FICTION: Gingivitis is serious.

This is FACT. While gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease it should not be ignored. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis and lead to tooth loss.

FACT or FICTION: If I have gum disease, I will lose my teeth.

This is FICTION. If gum disease is left untreated, you may lose your teeth. But gum disease is easily preventable and can be reversed when detected early. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist can help keep your teeth healthy. Also, consider using products specifically designed to combat gum disease such as Perfect Smile Oral Care products.