3 Gum Disease Myths

Myth 1: Gum Disease is not that common

In actuality, gum disease is very common. According to the CDC, over half of adults age 30 and older suffer from some degree of gum disease. Gum disease is when the tissues that surround and support your teeth become infected. This infection is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

Myth 2: I do not have cavities so I can’t have Gum Disease

On the contrary, not having cavities does not mean that you may not have gum disease. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is typically painless and may people have no idea that they have it. Gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender are the first sign of gingivitis and the only stage that is reversible. When caught early gingivitis can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at our Shrewsbury, New Jersey dental office, followed by a daily regimen of brushing and flossing.

Myth 3: Having Gum Disease puts me at risk for losing my teeth

This is not necessarily true! Although you might have some stage of gum disease, you don’t have to lose any of your teeth to it if you practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Mitchell Gardiner and Dr. Christopher Di Turi strongly suggest you brush your teeth twice a day, use floss and mouthwash to clean between your teeth daily, try to incorporate a healthy diet, such as apples which naturally combat the gum disease-causing bacteria. Most important of all is scheduling regular dental visits so that our dentists and hygienists can work with you to design a treatment plan to help you keep gum disease under control.