Three out of four American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Despite this prevalence, most cases of gum disease go undiagnosed, and even fewer actually get treated. In addition to good oral hygiene, another step in preventing gum disease is differentiating myths from facts.
Myth #1: Only people who don’t brush and floss regularly get gum disease.
While it is true that poor oral hygiene is a cause of gum disease, it is certainly not the only one. Other factors, including tobacco use, diet and genetic predisposition, can all contribute to the development of the disease.
Myth #2: Bleeding gums are a normal occurrence.
If you notice that your gums bleed regularly during brushing, flossing or eating, this is a cause for concern. Bleeding gums are one of the most common warning signs of gum disease. You should seek treatment from a dentist immediately.
Myth #3: Children cannot develop gum disease.
The occurrence of gum disease in children is rare, but can happen. Parents should still schedule their children for regular dental exams.
Myth #4: My general dentist can treat all of my gum disease issues. I don’t need a periodontist.
Most general dentists will be able to diagnose gum disease, but severe cases will most likely need to be treated by a periodontist. They have additional post-graduate training in more advanced treatments, such as dental implants.
Myth #5: Once you lose your teeth to gum disease, they are lost forever.
There are multiple options for teeth replacement including dental implants. A qualified periodontal specialist will be able to determine which options are most appropriate for you.
If you have questions about your risk for gum disease and treatment options, the periodontists at Gallardo and Lamas Periodontics and Implant Surgery of Miami, Florida, are available for a consultation. Contact them today at 305-447-1447.