Periodontal disease, or gum disease as it is also known, is a serious oral health problem – that much is a fact, but there are some fallacies in between the facts that are floating around out there. If you have been diagnosed wit the condition, or suspect you may have it, then you should be able to separate the fact from fiction in order to overcome it more easily.
Fallacy: Tooth cavities are the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
Fact: The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is actually gum disease. According to some figures, gum disease beats out tooth decay 2:1 as the cause of tooth loss.
Fallacy: Gum disease is just a mild oral infection.
Fact: Gum disease may start out as a mild condition, but once it reaches the stage of being considered gum disease it has worsened to the point of being quite a serious oral infection. In addition, you are looking at the very real possibility of tooth loss when you are diagnosed with gum disease and that can hardly be considered a minor condition.
Fallacy: Gum disease is restricted to your mouth.
Fact: If you have gum disease, then you run the risk of actually threatening your overall health. A gum infection of the extent of periodontal disease can actually affect your overall immune system and can even lead to heart disease and respiratory disorders. In addition, pregnant women are at a higher risk of having premature births if they have gum disease.
Fallacy: Gum disease is always caused by poor oral health.
Fact: Poor oral hygiene is certainly one of the causes of gum disease, but it is not the only one. You can certainly help to prevent the onslaught of gum disease by brushing, flossing and using mouth rinse, but around 30 per cent of the adult population is genetically predisposed to the condition. As well as this people with certain health conditions are more likely to contract gum disease too.
Fallacy: Gums that sometimes bleed is normal.
Fact: Bleeding gums is generally a sign of gingivitis, which is the pre-cursor to gum disease. If you ignore this sign, then you are likely to eventually develop periodontal disease.
Fallacy: It is always obvious when you have the early signs of gum disease.
Fact: It is not always easy to spot gingivitis and the early stages of gum disease. If you notice any of the signs of the condition, then you should alert your dentist.
Fallacy: Gum disease treatment is always painful.
Fact: There are many treatments for the condition that are not painful. Of course the longer you leave the condition, the more invasive the treatments may become.
Gum disease can be a serious oral health problem, and you should not write it off as something simple. If you get onto treating the condition as soon as possible, then you will have better and faster results.