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.