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Have you heard horror stories about gum disease?  Have you wondered how much of what you’ve read is true? Are you worried about the state of your gums? If so we’re here to help separate fact from fiction and dispel some of the more common myths surrounding gum disease.

Myth 1: Bleeding gums aren’t really a problem.

If you notice bleeding when you clean your teeth, you may be suffering from gum disease, which can lead to a variety of problems. For example, gum disease can lead to oral problems like bad breath, pain, swelling, and tenderness. However, gum disease is also linked to several other complications, such as heart and liver disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. So, if you discover bleeding gums, we recommend calling your doctor.

Myth 2: Gum disease only comes from lackluster oral hygiene.

While poor hygiene is certainly a factor that impacts the health of your gums, there are several influences that can be, at least partially, responsible for gum disease. For example, factors like your diet, tobacco use, stress, certain medications, age and even genetics.  Please don’t think you’re safe just because you floss and brush extraordinarily.

Myth 3: Gum disease always leads to tooth loss.

You may have heard that gum disease always results in a lost tooth, and you may have heard that teeth that are lost because of gum disease are gone forever. Fortunately, neither of these stories is true. Gum disease can be treated and reversed with proper dental care and proper hygiene. Also, with a dental implant, our dentists can restore your smile to its optimal comfort, even if you lost the tooth to gum disease.

Myth 4: It’s normal for gums to bleed during pregnancy

Some pregnant women do develop a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, but even this situation can be controlled. We recommend speaking to a dental professional to develop a plan that meets your unique needs.

If you have any other questions about gum disease, please call us soon. We are excited to hear from you.