Gum disease is an infection which affects the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. It is far more common than you might think, and its effects can be very serious — which means it is time to dispel the most common myths about this oral health problem. Below, read about the top 4 myths of gum disease in Belmont.
1: Gum Disease Is Not that Common
As mentioned earlier, gum disease is more prevalent than most people realize. In fact, some estimates say that the majority of adults over the age of 35 have gum disease to some extent. That makes it the most common oral health problem for adults by far. Visiting the dentist regularly can help ensure that gum disease is detected in the early stages for the most effective treatment.
2: If I Don’t Have Cavities, I Can’t Have Gum Disease
Even if you are fortunate enough never to have had a cavity, you are still vulnerable to gum disease. In the beginning stages, especially, it is easy to miss the warning signs of gum disease, which means it may go unnoticed for months or even years until it develops into a more serious issue. Watch out for bleeding gums, red, inflamed gum tissue, and persistent bad breath — all early warning signs of gum disease.
3: Gum Disease Only Affects People with Really Bad Habits
A lot of people associate gum disease with something that people who rarely brush their teeth and never floss get — but the truth is, even people who brush regularly and floss most nights can still develop the condition. You could also inherit a vulnerability to gum disease if, say, your mother or grandfather struggled with it as well. Protecting yourself from gum disease requires brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months.
4: Gum Disease Will Go Away on Its Own
While your body may fight some of the infection on its own, completely healing gum disease requires professional treatment. In the beginning stages of gingivitis, a couple of extra visits to the dentist and improved dental hygiene at home can be enough to heal the infection. Once more time has passed, you may need a treatment called scaling and root planing or laser periodontal treatment.
Whatever approach is recommended for you, the important thing is partnering with your dentist or periodontist in Belmont to regain and maintain your healthy smile.
Meet the Periodontist
Dr. Alexander Schrott provides a wide range of periodontal services, including treatment for gum disease, from his office in Belmont, MA. To learn more about periodontal therapy or to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Schrott and his team at (617) 484-9240 today.