Top 3 Myths About Gum Disease

Friday, February 4th, 2011, 4:17 pm

The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that three out of four American suffer from some form of gum disease. These cases range from mild gingivitis to very severe periodontitis. Despite these amazing numbers only about three percent seek treatment for their disease.

Since more and more research points to gum disease being linked to diabetes, heart disease, pre-term births and certain forms of cancer it is more important than every to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

The top three myths surrounding gum disease need to be put to rest.

  • Bleeding gums are not a big deal. Gums that bleed when you brush or floss are a sign that something is wrong. I am confident that if your hands bled when you washed them you would seek a diagnosis and a cure.
  • Only people with poor oral hygiene get gum disease. While poor brushing and flossing habits certainly contribute to gum disease there are many other factors involved. If you smoke, have a poor diet or if you have a family history of gum disease it can increase your risk.
  • Periodontal therapy is painful. Recent advances in technology have made the treatment of gum disease much easier. The use of lasers, digital radiography and new drug therapies allow for the comfortable treatment of gum disease.

Did your gums bleed this morning when you brushed your teeth? If you answered yes then it is time to contact Wilbanks Smile Center at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment. Don’t delay, we are conveniently located in Toccoa, Georgia.

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