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Common Myths of Gum Disease | American Dental Association

Common Myths of Gum Disease Local Family Dentistry in Salem OR

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of adults age 30 and older suffer from some form of gum disease.”

Does gum disease really cause your teeth to fall out? Does being cavity-free mean my gums are healthy?

If you’re wondering about gum disease, be sure to distinguish between facts and fiction. This article from the American Dental Association covers 6 common myths of gum disease.

If your gums bleed frequently after brushing and flossing or appear red and swollen consider giving us a call as this could be a sign that you are developing gum disease.

Periodontal disease is more commonly referred to as gum disease and is responsible for a huge amount of issues in the mouths of many adults. You will likely experience some degree of gum disease throughout your life but the good news is that you can do plenty to prevent it.

When teeth are affected by bacterial infections we are said to have cavities but what happens when our gums are affected by the same thing? When the gums are affected by a bacterial infection, it is called one of two things: Gum disease or periodontal disease. Gum disease is a term used to describe the early and treatable stages of periodontal disease. When the infection becomes severe in the later stages we tend to refer to it as periodontal disease. 

By understanding the differences between these two issues and how to prevent them we hope to educate our patients in such a way that they can stay free of gum disease.

Gum disease can be prevented with great oral hygiene. If you brush and floss regularly, and come in to have a cleaning and exam twice a year, you can easily stave off gum disease and all the nasty side-effects that come with it.

 

-Hunsaker Dental

Source: Common Myths of Gum Disease | American Dental Association

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