mythsIn our previous post about gum disease, we discussed risk factors that make you more susceptible to developing this oral illness. Here, Dr. Diep Truong, your Dallas, TX dentist debunks a few common misconceptions about gum disease.

Learn the Real Truth about Gum Disease

Gum Disease Myth # 1Gum disease is a natural part of the aging process.

Gum disease can affect anyone regardless of age. One of the main culprits of gum disease is plaque, which builds up around and between teeth. In its hardened state, plaque becomes tartar (or calculus). An excess of tartar forces periodontal pockets into your gums. These pockets fill with more bacteria and food particles, and the cycle continues until gum disease has manifested.

Since many older adults have endured some type of gum recession, they’re more susceptible to the accumulation of bacteria and the onset of gum disease.

Gum Disease Myth # 2Gum disease goes away on its without treatment.

Actually, gum disease only worsens without treatment. In fact, periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease where patients endure tooth loss. Yet, before gum disease has a chance to reach that stage, gingivitis sets in. Should you notice bleeding while brushing and flossing, persistent bad breath, or swollen gums, take care to talk to your Dallas, TX dentist to start treatment.

Gum Disease Myth # 3Bleeding a little while brushing or flossing is normal.

Unwarranted bleeding from any area of your body is usually a sign of trouble. If bleeding during your normal teeth cleaning regimen is a common occurrence, don’t hesitate visiting the dentist. The sooner the issue is addressed, the more effective treatment will prove for your smile.

Gum Disease Myth # 4Gum disease only affects my mouth.

Many studies have shown that gum disease tends to affect the body as a whole. In fact, gum disease increases your risk of developing heart disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke. Furthermore, women who suffer from gestational gum disease can have preterm births and low-weight babies.

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If you’ve seen some pink-in-the-sink or have any other telltale signs of gum disease, talk to Dr. Truong as soon as possible. She can evaluate your mouth and begin treatment right away. To schedule an appointment with our Dallas, TX dental practice, call us at (214) 337-7800. Also, visit our website for services, reviews, to learn more about our dental team. We happily serve new and existing patients in North Oak Cliff, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Richardson, Carrolton, Garland, Addison, Farmers Branch, and nearby suburbs.