Gum disease is a common oral health condition. Recent estimates indicate that three out of four adults in the United States will develop some form of gum disease. Early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) are curable; however, when gum disease advances to periodontitis, the disease must be managed by treatment and professional cleanings. Periodontitis is an aggressive infection of the gum tissue that poses risks to your oral health and overall wellbeing. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our team at Calcagno Cosmetic & Family Dentistry address common misconceptions about gum disease.
Myths and Misconceptions about Gum Disease
- Gum disease is only caused by inadequate oral hygiene – Poor oral hygiene is not the only cause of gum disease. Some patients develop gum disease because of hormonal fluctuations, pre-existing illnesses, tobacco use, or genetic factors. For example, some women going through menopause are susceptible to gum disease because of hormonal imbalances.
- Gum disease is not as dangerous to your health as everyone says it is – Advanced gum disease is actually a very serious medical condition. Patients with periodontitis experience chronic inflammation and infection of their gum tissue. This infection is capable of destroying bones and teeth. Gum disease may also affect your general health if the infection enters your bloodstream. Recent studies correlate gum disease to other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s.
- Flossing your teeth isn’t that important – Daily flossing should be incorporated into every patient’s oral hygiene routine. Flossing cleans between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach and disrupts bacteria buildup along the gum line.
Gum Disease Symptoms
- Painful gum tissue
- Red or purple colored gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
- Recession of the gum line
- Teeth that feel loose
To learn more about preventing gum disease or to schedule a dental examination, contact our Rochester dentist office at (507) 281-3659. We serve patients from Red Wing, Hastings, Farmington, Winona, Rochester, and the neighboring areas.