From our youngest years when we first held a toothbrush on our own, we were taught the
importance of diligent oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day to keep cavities away, don’t eat too much sugary
food, and other words of wisdom. But caring for our gums is often overlooked and yet healthy gums are essential for
robust and enduring oral well-being.
Nearly everyone wants a smile beaming with bright white teeth, but you can’t have that
smile without the support of strong gums. In fact, our gums provide the foundation needed for not only healthy
teeth, but overall bone and facial structure.
What happens, then, if gum disease takes hold? While many people think they know all
about the condition or believe it’s really nothing to worry about; there are many misconceptions out there. Let’s
take a look at some of the common myths of gum disease but first we’ll review what the disease is all about.
Simply stated, gum disease is a condition developing along and underneath the gum line
that involves the accumulation of plaque. Plaque’s sticky film is loaded with bacteria that steadily work at causing
your gums to become tender and bleed, and sometimes develop infection. Gum disease is also known as gingivitis and
left unchecked can transition into periodontal disease. At this stage the gums bleed, inflamed, and can even affect
blood pressure. Over time, gum disease can progress to the point of deteriorating the bones surrounding your teeth
One of the most troubling aspects of gum disease is its lack of visible symptoms. In its
early stages, the disease is invisible and you won’t know you have it until it has taken hold and compromised your
oral integrity. There are, however, sings to look for including bleeding gums, swollen or tender gums, brighter red
color, separating or loose teeth, and a consistent bad taste in the mouth.
Even with all that we know about gum disease, there remains plenty of
misinformation and disbelief. Here are 5 common myths surrounding gum disease.
One of the first signs of gum disease is bleeding, red, and swollen gums. People
generally notice these issues during brushing and flossing, or eating particular foods. If you notice any of these
symptoms, immediately make an appointment with your dentist.
Poor oral habits can certainly speed up the development of gum disease but it is not the
only way by any means. Genetics, poor diet, tobacco use, stress, and teeth grinding all play a part in causing
problems with your gums.
Many people think that it’s fine to floss just once in a while. Reality, however, is the
complete opposite. Along with brushing at least twice a day, your daily oral hygiene routine should always include
flossing at least once every day. Even though flossing is a proven means to help prevent gum disease, less than 15
percent of Americans do so.
It is always a good thing to be cavity-free but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear
with gum disease. Even if you don’t feel pain, gum disease’s earliest stage, gingivitis, could be underway. If you
have swollen, red, or tender gums and treat them right away; gingivitis can be efficiently treated with a thorough
Tooth loss from gum disease is common but it does not mean you will have to live with a
big empty space in your mouth. Today’s dental technology allow for efficient tooth replacement through dental
implants and other means. Dental implants are artificial teeth secured into the jaw and they are specifically
created to match your existing teeth.
Don’t let gum disease enter your life. With a dedicated oral care regime, you can prevent
this condition’s onset and maintain a healthy mouth and overall healthy body.
Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush on your teeth and gums, and don’t
forget the insides of your cheeks and your tongue as well. Always remember the twice a day routine for brushing and