At Brandon Complete Dental Care in Brandon, FL we often hear some funny stories from patients. Among these are some dental myths about gum disease that have become popular. While the origins of these are a mystery, we want to help clear the air and expose the truth about some of the more common myths we’ve been hearing.
For those who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, we recommend the WaterLase® Dental Laser for your gum treatment. It’s fast and effective. For those who are unsure if they have gum disease, we recommend you schedule an evaluation with Drs. Richard and Brenton Assing to be screened.
Not sure if gum disease is something you should worry about? We beg to differ. Take a look at some common gum disease myths below and let us know of any other myths you’ve heard.
Actually, no. Gum disease is not an effect of aging, but rather an effect of plaque build-up. Plaque build-up is not just restricted to children on Halloween either, but can affect patients of any age. However, it is possible that age can lead to an acceleration of plaque build-up, but this in no way means that you should neglect your oral health as you get older.
The tricky thing about gum disease is that the warning signs are often difficult to tell. It manifests slowly over time, taking years for the symptoms to be noticeable. If you are worried that you may be at risk for gum disease, contact Drs. Assing and Assing at Brandon Complete Dental Care for a gum disease evaluation. Catching the disease early can help improve your chances of keeping your teeth healthy and happy.
Some may brush off bleeding gums as a sign that their brushing is too rough, but actually it could be a more sinister sign of gum disease underneath. If you notice any of the other following symptoms, schedule an appointment right away: swollen gums, mouth sores, pus around gums or teeth, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, changes in your bite pressure.
Actually, if a patient is sick, most doctors will often look at the condition of their patient’s mouth for signs of poor oral health. Some studies have shown that bacteria from oral ailments can spread throughout the body through the bloodstream. Because of this, patients with confirmed periodontal disease are possibly at risk for heart disease, respiratory problems, stroke, and osteoporosis. If you are diabetic or pregnant, you should be regularly screened for gum disease, as this can affect your condition.
Just like the myth about waiting until symptoms arise, gum disease is sneaky and won’t often show obvious symptoms right away. And once it’s there, it won’t go away unless you make some changes to your dental care. As the saying goes, “The best offense is a good defense,” so putting a good defense against gum disease is the best step in fighting it.
When it comes to uncovering the truth about a lot of these dental myths, it’s best to leave the answering to those in the field. If you’ve heard a funny dental myth, or are unsure about a tale your friend told you, feel free to seek us out at Brandon Complete Dental Care in Brandon, FL. Or, if your gum disease has escalated to a level where you have lost teeth, schedule a no-obligation consultation with Drs. Richard and Brenton Assing today.
Dr. Richard Assing
719 W Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
Monday: 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 6PM
Thursday: 8AM – 6PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM