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Myths about Gum Disease | Palm Harbor Dentist

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According to the American Academy of Periodontology, three out of four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease. Despite the major prevalence, only three percent of those individuals actually seek treatment for their gum disease. With more research indicating that gum disease may be linked to several other diseases, maintaining healthy teeth and g ums have become more and more important.

Here are some common things in which the AAP have deemed misconceptions about oral health that should help you distinguish signs of gum disease:

Bleeding gums are not important

Red, swollen, and bleeding gums are an important sign of periodontal disease. If you notice bleeding while brushing or flossing, you should schedule a visit with your dental professional in order to be evaluated for periodontal disease right away.

You don’t need to floss every day

Having a set oral health routine is incredibly important. This includes keeping up with brushing AND flossing.

A tooth lost to gum disease is lost forever

This is in face incredibly false. While Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss, periodontists use procedures such as dental implants to replace teeth.

Poor oral hygiene is the only way to develop gum disease

Good oral hygiene can definitely contribute to the prevention of gum disease, however there are other factors in which having good oral hygiene won’t matter. For example, tobacco use. Using tobacco increases your chances of developing gum disease by a large amount.

For more information on how you can prevent or treat gum disease call Dr. Lieberman in North Palm Harbor, FL at 727-785-8017 or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Dr. Lieberman also proudly accepts patients from North Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, Trinity, and surrounding areas.

Bad Dental Habits that Ruin Your Teeth | Palm Harbor Dentist

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Do have a bad dental habit? Believe it or not, most individuals have acquired bad dental habits over the years. Furthermore, most of the time we don’t know what we’re doing is actually wrong for our teeth. Here is a list of some bad dental habits that we hope you try and stop after realizing just how much damage they can do to your teeth.

  • Chewing Ice

After you’ve finished a drink, you might have the habit of chewing the ice that is leftover. Little did you know, the cold and hardness of the cubes can actually do damage to your teeth by chipping or cracking them.

  • Using Your Teeth as a Tool

Using your teeth to crack open nuts, or tear through plastic can be incredibly detrimental. Just like chewing ice, using your teeth as a tool may cause damage to your teeth.

  • Drinking Soda

While this isn’t a surprise, we’re adding the usage of sugar free sodas as well. Sodas are acidic and incredibly harmful to teeth.

  • Nail Biting

Perhaps one of the most common bad habits, biting your nails itself is not only damaging to your nail beds, but also to your teeth.

  • Grinding Your Teeth

The official term for this habit is “Bruxism” and it is common to occur at night. Grinding your teeth can wear them down. While this is difficult to control, a dentist may give you a night guard to help you get it under control.

For more information about how you can fix your bad dental habits, call Dr. Lieberman in Palm Harbor, FL at 727-785-8017 or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Dr. Lieberman of Palm Harbor, FL also proudly accepts patients from Clearwater, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, Eastlake, and surrounding areas.