The Truth Behind Gum Disease Myths

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It has been estimated that the majority of Americans are suffering from gum disease, but only a small fraction of sufferers visit their dentists to seek treatment. Periodontal disease is associated with a number of serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you have gum disease, leaving it untreated instead of seeking periodontal disease treatment can have serious negative impacts on your long-term health. Several misunderstandings about the nature of periodontal disease may have contributed to the widespread patient neglect of this condition.

Myth: Bleeding Gums Are Not a Serious Problem
If you spot bleeding on or around the gum line while eating, brushing, or flossing, you should schedule a dental appointment. This is often a symptom of periodontal disease. The disease can be reversed if diagnosed early, so do not delay treatment if you have bleeding gums.

Myth: Daily Flossing Is Not Important
It's vital to maintain a disciplined dental hygiene regimen to help prevent periodontal disease, and simply brushing your teeth is not enough. Brush your teeth after meals and at bedtime, and do not forget to floss at least once daily. In addition, schedule a dental check-up every six months.

Myth: Periodontal Treatments Are Painful
When performed correctly, periodontal treatments should not be painful. Dentists use state-of-the-art technology, such as ultrasound, biomarker measurement, laser therapy, and digital radiography, to treat gum disease. In addition, they are trained and equipped to minimize patient discomfort during procedures.

Myth: Missing Teeth Cannot Be Replaced
In addition to treating gum disease, dentists can insert dental implants. These are artificial roots to which replacement teeth can be attached. Dental implants generally function like natural teeth, allowing patients to speak, eat, and smile like normal. If you have lost one or more teeth as a result of severe gum disease, do not hesitate to ask your dentist about dental implants.

At Oak Creek Dental Care, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. Book an appointment with a dentist serving Columbus, Ohio, by calling us at (614) 882-7456. You can also visit our website to find out more.

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