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    5 Myths About Gum Disease

    Posted on October 17th, 2014 by Dr. Peter Tomaselli

    When most people consider dental health, they think about how to prevent cavities and yellowing teeth. Gum disease is something not many people concern themselves with, mainly because they don't know much about it. 

    Gum disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth that is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup. Read below for some common myths we hear about gum disease, and the actual truth - hopefully it will help you in preventing the disease. 

    1. Gum disease isn't common. FALSE! Half of adults age 30 and up suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is relatively easy to get it you don't take proper care to brush and floss teeth.

    2. If you don't have a cavity, you can't get gum disease. FALSE! Just because you don't have a cavity, doesn't mean it is impossible for you to get gum disease. The disease is painless and difficult to notice until it gets worse. If gums are swollen and tender, see your dentist right away.

    3. If you get gum disease, you will lose your teeth. FALSE! If you don't address your gum disease in a timely manner, you increase your risk of losing teeth, but if you practice good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, eating healthy and seeing your dentist, your chances of losing teeth are rather low. At the first sign of gum disease, visit your dentist and start a treatment plan ASAP it under control. 

    4. Bad breath is an indicator of gum disease. TRUE - or at least partly true. If you have consistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, it could mean gum disease or another oral disease. However, it could also mean you aren't brushing sufficiently, or may need a mouth rinse. 

    5. Those who have diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease. TRUE. Diabetes affects the body's ability to process sugar, as well as lower your resistance to infection, such as gum disease. If you have diabetes, be proactive in your oral health.

    Courtesy of Mouth Healthy

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