Periodontal Disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is one of the most misunderstood conditions within the mouth. Some people dismiss its risks and early signs until it’s too late. We have to understand that all of us are vulnerable to it. In fact, 50% of adults over 30 years old have some form of gum disease.
It’s unfortunate how often we see cases where gum disease is not taken seriously. There can be a number of reasons why people don’t get treatment right away, but it’s important to know that at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale you will be treated by non-judgmental and caring staff whose primary concern is to help you have a healthy smile again. If you’re worried about the condition of your gum disease, please call us and schedule an appointment right away.
5 Misconceptions About Gum Disease
We’d like to dispel a few myths or misconceptions about gum disease. We hope it will help you gain a more in-depth understanding of this oral condition.
Gum Disease is Unavoidable
Gum disease is not a regular part of aging. The reasoning that brought about this myth is that as your body ages you become more prone to infection as your teeth and gums weaken. Because you are more prone to infection, gum disease can develop. Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque at your gum line which is just as true for the elderly as it is for youth.
It’s Not a Big Deal
Because gum disease is slow to develop, it can take years for its effects to be noticed. It’s easy to ignore small irritations over time and forget how a healthy mouth feels. Many seniors who have not addressed their gum disease find that their teeth have gone beyond repair and they lose most or all of them. This didn’t happen because they got old, it starts when we’re young and builds throughout our whole life. The good news is that no matter where you are in life, you can make a change. Excellent oral hygiene is affordable, and with the help of your Westchester periodontist, you can restore your beautiful smile!
If Your Gums Don’t Bleed, You’re Not Doing It Right!
Wrong. Let us end any form of this myth once and for all. Your gums should never bleed when you floss or brush. Bleeding during oral hygiene is a cause for concern and should be addressed right away. Because gum disease progresses slowly, it can be difficult to pinpoint the effects of it; however, bleeding gums are a major red flag!
Now, while bleeding gums are a sign that you should schedule an appointment with your dentist right away, it’s not the only sign. If you have any of these signs in your mouth, please call us!
- Sensitive and Red Gums
- Mouth Sores
- Receding gum line
- Bad breath
- Infections in and around your gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- Your teeth feel different when they chew
- Partial dentures not fitting properly
I Brush and Floss So I’m Fine
While good hygiene habits are a great way to minimize gum disease, it may not always be enough. There are a number of other factors that can cause gum disease in your mouth. Some of them are smoking, certain medications, diabetes, genetics and many others. It’s important that regardless of your hygiene habits, you talk to your periodontist at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale if you see any of the signs we’ve talked about.
Gum Disease Treatment Is Painful
When gum disease is treated by a caring professional, discomfort is substantially minimized. Our Periodontal dentists are always on the leading edge of technology, bringing you safer, more comfortable and less invasive methods of treating gum disease.