Gum Disease: Fact or Fiction

Friday, August 31st, 2012, 6:38 pm

There are lots of rumors about oral health and this post will help separate fact from fiction when it comes to gum disease.Gum disease fact and fiction discussed by Dr. Joseph Wilbanks.

It is estimated that three out of four Americans suffers from some form of gum disease, yet despite this alarming statistic only 3% of those with gum disease seek treatment for their condition. Patients are not entirely to blame for these statistics. The discrepancy between the prevalence of gum disease and the lack of treatment can likely be blamed on a lack of understanding of the effect periodontal disease can have on one’s overall health.

It is important to know the facts and ignore the fiction when it comes to your oral health:

  • Bleeding gums are not that big of a deal. FICTION. Bleeding gums are an important early indication of periodontal disease. Gum disease is shown to contribute to the progression of other diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes so seeking treatment quickly is important.
  • You don’t need to floss every day. FICTION. Routine oral care including brushing after every meal and before bedtime, as well as flossing at least once a day, is the best way to prevent gum disease.
  • A visit for periodontal treatment will be scary. FICTION. Treating gum disease has changed. Today we are equipped with the latest training and technology to help make your visit more comfortable.
  • A tooth lost to gum disease is a tooth lost forever. FICTION. Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, lost teeth can now be replaced with dental implants, which is a comfortable method of permanently replacing missing teeth.
  • Poor oral hygiene is the only way to develop gum disease. FICTION. Poor oral hygiene is one of many ways to develop gum disease. Other ways may include using tobacco products, as well as stress, poor diet, or genetics.

Dentists Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next dental hygiene visit. Working together we can make sure your gums are healthy and disease-free.

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