Facts About Gum Disease
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, as many as seventy-five percent of Americans have some form of gum disease, including mild forms of gingivitis. Unfortunately, many of them are neither aware of their gum disease nor actively seeking treatment. Since gum disease has been linked with several serious systemic health problems, maintaining healthy gums is one of the best things you can do for your smile.
Separating the facts from the fiction about gum disease can help you get and keep your gums healthy. Here are some myths that many still believe:
1. Bleeding gums are normal.
Although many people have gums that bleed, especially when they brush or floss, bleeding gums are not normal. In fact, they are one of the most common signs of periodontal disease. If your gums are bleeding, a checkup is in order.
2. You only need to floss before your dental checkup.
Flossing should be a part of your normal daily dental hygiene routine. You cannot clean between your teeth effectively without using dental floss or an interdental cleaner. Use floss at least once a day for the best results.
3. Gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene.
Although poor dental hygiene is one of the biggest causes of periodontal disease, it is not the only cause. Other things that can affect your risk of gum disease include tobacco use, diabetes, stress, an unhealthy diet, and a family history of the condition.
Call our office today to learn more about periodontal disease or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame.
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