Gum disease — it may not be at the top of your list of things to concern yourself with, but the truth is, it’s far more common than you probably think. Even still, a number of myths persist about gum disease. Keep reading to find out what they are! We’re here to set the record straight on gum disease.
#1: Only Unhealthy People Get Gum Disease
Many people associate gum disease with poor overall health. While the two may coincide, you could be the picture of health on the outside and still have gum disease. The reason this myth may persist is that gum disease is closely linked to diabetes and heart problems like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and other serious health conditions. While you may be in good overall health when gum disease develops, not seeking treatment may put your overall health at risk in the long run.
#2: I Don’t Have Cavities, So I Don’t Have Gum Disease
Your periodontal (gum) health is related to the health of your teeth, but just because you do not have any spots of tooth decay does not mean you are free from risk of developing gum disease. In fact, even people who have never had a cavity in their lives can fall victim to gum disease due to poor oral hygiene or other factors, like taking medicines that cause dry mouth. Even hormone fluctuations caused by pregnancy or menopause can spur generally mild and temporary cases of gum disease.
#3: I Would Know if I Had Gum Disease
It doesn’t really matter how in touch with your health and body you are, many cases of gum disease go unnoticed by the sufferer. Unless you are able to peek at every area of your gums and know just what to look out for, it is highly likely that you may never realize you have gum disease until you visit the dentist.
#4: Gum Disease Isn’t Contagious
This one may be a technicality, because gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene that leads to inflammation in the periodontal tissue. However, you can spread the bacteria that cause gum disease, and if the other person happens to have high levels of “bad” bacteria already present in their mouths, that will increase their risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay as well.
There you have it — the 4 most common myths about gum disease. If you are suffering from gum disease, don’t delay seeking treatment from your trusted periodontist in Belmont. Doing so is crucial for your continued oral and overall health!
Meet the Periodontist
Dr. Alexander Schrott is a trusted periodontist with significant experience in the treatment of gum disease. To learn more about his services or to schedule an appointment for periodontal therapy, you are invited to contact the office today.