As scary as going to the dentist can be for some, gum disease can be even scarier. This is made even worse by the fact that there is a lot of misinformation out there! Don’t get worked up if you suspect you may have gum disease and are putting off getting anything done about it. We have the rundown on gum disease and all the myths we see surrounding it so you can be armed with the best information to take care of your dental hygiene in the ways you see fit.
Gum Disease is Rare
The reality is that gum disease is much more common than most people realize. Over half of all adults over the age of 30 develop some form of gum disease. That infection of the tissues holding your teeth in place is caused by plaque, which will build up if you don’t take daily care of your oral hygiene. Eventually, plaque will turn into tartar and begin to damage your healthy gums.
You Will Lose Teeth
It isn’t always the case that you will lose your teeth if you develop something like this. even people with a diagnosis often keep their teeth and bounce back to a healthier oral routine. An experienced dentist should work with you to make a plan of action, including what you can do at home as well as coming in for teeth cleanings.
No Cavities? No Problem!
Even if you have cavities, you may still have periodontal disease impacting your gums. For many, this results in a painless, asymptomatic disease, so it can go unnoticed. Early on, this may express itself as gingivitis. If symptoms are present, red, tender, and swollen gums will be involved. It’s easily reversible at this point, and a dentist will point it out and give you some tips to fix it.
Bad Breath = Gum Disease
While bad breath could indicate gum disease, it could signify plenty of other medical conditions. Instead of scaring yourself, check with your dentist. If nothing seems off with your mouth, they may refer you to your family doctor.
All Diabetics Get It
Diabetes can put you at a greater risk for some health conditions including oral health diseases. However, it’s not always the case that people with diabetes get gum diseases. You must maintain a good oral care routine and check with your dentist regularly.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, your dentist in Annapolis is here to serve! Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!