Estimates suggest that at least 75 to 80 percent of adults have some level of gum disease. Because the initial symptoms are mild, like swollen or bleeding gums, many people don’t realize they have a problem until gum disease causes damage to their oral health. Understanding the signs and the seriousness of gum disease can help you protect your smile.
Myth: Gingivitis is no big deal.
Truth: The mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis will get worse without treatment. If you practice excellent dental care and see the dentist as directed, you won’t sustain any lasting problems.
Myth: Everyone’s gums bleed when they brush.
Truth: Just as your arm bleeds if you get cut, your gums bleed when you have a problem. Swollen and bleeding gums are often an indication of gum disease. If you notice pink in the sink, mention it to your dentist.
Myth: Gum disease is curable.
Truth: Although your dentist can stop the progression and promote healthy gum tissue, gum disease is only treatable, not curable. Good home hygiene and regular dental appointments will keep your gums in good condition and prevent further problems.
Myth: As people age, they naturally lose their teeth.
Truth: Ideally, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. The number one cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease. So if you take good care of your mouth, with regular dental care and routine home care, you should enjoy a complete smile for life.