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Dispelling Myths on Gum Disease

December 13, 2012

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss for adults. More and more people suffer from this problem, but only a few seek treatment. Patients do not always search for the periodontal care they need because they aren’t aware of the long-term implications of untreated gum disease. There are even myths surrounding periodontal disease and its effects. Here’s a checklist of the common misconceptions about the disease.

Myth: The Only Cause of Gum Disease is Poor Oral Hygiene

Studies link gum disease to other risk factors. Smoking and consuming alcohol increase your risk for gum disease. Research shows almost one third of the population may be genetically susceptible. Other factors, such as hormonal imbalances, stress, and poor diet may also contribute to the risk of gum disease.

Myth: Gum Disease is a Mild Infection

Gum disease has severe consequences, from bleeding while brushing or flossing to tooth loss. Research linked gum disease to overall health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory diseases. Pregnant women should also be extra cautious of gum disease, as it contributes to preterm or low birth weights.

Myth: Gum Disease Treatment is Painful

We offer comfortable gum disease treatment fit for your needs. Modern oral treatments can help you get the treatment you need and stop allowing gum disease to cause more serious problems. At Orthodontic Affiliates, we treat complex cases daily, from patients with special needs to aged patients. With a simple scaling and root planing, we can effectively remove infection and help your gum tissue heal.

We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office at 888 722 5033 or fill out our online form.

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