Gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
The American Dental Association shares these common myths about Gum Disease
- Gum Disease is not that common – On the contrary, gum disease is extremely common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of adults age 30 and older suffer from some form of gum disease.
- I don’t have cavities so I can’t have gum disease – Being cavity-free doesn’t ensure you are in the clear where Gum Disease is concerned. Gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender is a sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease and the only stage that is reversible.
- Having gum disease means I will lose my teeth – Not so! You don’t have to lose any of your teeth to Gum Disease if you practice good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental visits. Even if you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Gasper can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control. Learn more.
- Bad breath can be an indicator of Gum Disease – Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be an indicator of Gum Disease and other oral diseases so it is important that you uncover what’s causing the problem. If you constantly have bad breath, make an appointment to see Dr. Gasper at 719-599-0700.
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