Gum disease is when there is an infection that occurs within the tissues that hold your teeth. And the problem with that is, once these tissues get infected by bacteria, it forms plaque. And when the plaque solidifies, it becomes tartar. And its removal takes place at a dentist’s office.
This tartar can travel through your bloodstream, to infect your entire body. With good oral health and regular professional care, your teeth will last a lifetime.
In reality, the entire surface area of the gum tissue in your mouth is equal to the surface area of the palm of your hand? If your hand is bleeding and oozes out puss, you would still visit the doctor, right? Well, gum disease is not a minor infection and instead it is a major infection. The changes in your appearance, your breath, and your ability to chew food are dramatic. And eventually, you will require gum disease treatment. But hey, did you know there are also some myths about gum disease that’s leaving people on the edge.Let’s take a look at them.
Gum Disease Does Not Affect General Health
Periodontal disease can lead to other very serious health problems. The bacteria that are not treated in your mouth will travel through your entire body. And it will make your entire body very sick. How? Let’s find out.
- Heart disease and respiratory disease
Bleeding Gums Are Normal
Bleeding gums are a big warning sign about gum disease. A lot of symptoms do not appear quick. And Dr. Michael Long recommends that you visit the clinic immediately if your gums bleed. Early treatment will help us identify any serious conditions
Gum Disease Means I’ll Lose All My Teeth
If you already practice good oral hygiene, you won’t lose your teeth to gum disease. Make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day, including flossing and rinsing. Along with that, maintaining a healthy diet and regular visits to the dental office are also important.
If I Don’t Have Cavities, I Won’t Have Gum Disease
Being cavity-free doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have gum disease. Gum disease is a pain-free condition and travels into your body without any sign. If your gums bleed or become swollen, you may have Gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease and is curable. The best way to treat it is at a dentist’s office. A professional armed with the right tools can help you maintain a clean mouth. But make sure you follow up with regular brushing, rinsing, and flossing.
Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy is Normal
Some women may experience bleeding gums during pregnancy. Dental professionals call it “pregnancy gingivitis”. Make sure you brush and floss on a timely basis every day. And if your doctor suggests that you brush, rinse, and floss a little more, stick to the routine. You need to remember that you’re eating a lot more than usual when you’re pregnant. Craving for a big scoop of ice cream or a jar of pickles? Well, we didn’t say you can’t enjoy it. But, brush, brush, brush!
Bad Breath is an Indicator of Gum Disease
Bad breath may be a symptom of gum disease, but it is also an indication of your overall health. So you shouldn’t keep guessing until you actually need to run to the doctor’s office. Bad breath can also be an indicator of acid reflux, a digestion problem.
While we’ve done our bit to bust these myths, we encourage you to take care of your teeth and gums. It’s never too late! Eat right, brush twice daily, floss regularly, and rinse after every meal. If you’re due for a yearly dental checkup, get one soon.
Book an appointment with Dr. Michael Long today for a comprehensive solution for your gum infection.