Myths About Dental Treatment
Gum disease is a common problem that affects many people, but there are still many myths surrounding the condition. In this blog, we will explore some of the most common myths about gum disease and separate fact from fiction.
Myth #1: Only people who don't brush their teeth get gum disease.
Fact: While poor oral hygiene can contribute to gum disease, it is not the only factor. Genetics, smoking, hormonal changes, and certain medications can all increase the risk of developing gum disease. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help identify and treat gum disease early, regardless of how well you brush your teeth.
Myth #2: Gum disease only affects your mouth.
Fact: Gum disease is not just a problem in the mouth. Research has linked gum disease to an increased risk of other health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The inflammation caused by gum disease can also worsen other inflammatory conditions in the body, such as arthritis.
Myth #3: Gum disease is only a problem for older people.
Fact: Gum disease can affect people of all ages, including children. Children may develop gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, if they do not practice good oral hygiene. Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can also increase the risk of developing gum disease.
Myth #4: If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you should stop.
Fact: Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease, but it does not mean you should stop brushing or flossing. In fact, regular brushing and flossing are essential to preventing and treating gum disease. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it is important to see a dentist for an evaluation.
Myth #5: Gum disease is always painful.
Fact: In the early stages of gum disease, there may be no noticeable symptoms. As the condition progresses, symptoms may include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth. Regular dental checkups can help identify and treat gum disease before it becomes painful or leads to tooth loss.
Gum disease is a common problem that affects many people, but it is important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the condition. Poor oral hygiene is not the only factor that contributes to gum disease, and the condition can have serious implications for overall health. Regular dental checkups, good oral hygiene, and early treatment can help prevent and treat gum disease. If you have concerns about your gum health, we recommend that you book a consultation with our in-house Gums Specialist – Dr Saurabh Shingnapurkar.