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Were you told that teeth lost by gum disease are irreplaceable? Have you read online that bleeding gums are signs of a good, deep cleaning? Do you ever wonder how accurate these claims are? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, we are happy to provide you with answers. In fact, we are excited to dispel some of the popular myths that surround gum disease.

Myth 1: Bleeding gums aren’t really a problem.

Bleeding gums is a serious indicator of gum disease, and we recommend that you quickly call our dentist if you notice blood while you clean your teeth. While it is true that gum disease can result in tooth loss, studies have shown that gum disease can lead to other health complications, like diabetes and heart disease.

Myth 2: Gum disease only comes from lackluster oral hygiene.

While poor hygiene is certainly a factor that impacts the health of your gums, there are several influences that can be, at least partially, responsible for gum disease. For example, your diet, tobacco use, stress, certain medications, age and even genetics can cause gum disease.  Please don’t think you’re safe just because you floss and brush daily.

Myth 3: Gum disease always leads to tooth loss.

You may have heard that gum disease always results in a lost tooth, and you may have heard that teeth that are lost because of gum disease are gone forever. Fortunately, neither of these stories is true. Gum disease can be treated and reversed with proper dental care and hygiene. Also, with a dental implant, our dentists can restore your smile to its optimal comfort, even if you lost a tooth to gum disease.

Myth 4: It’s normal for gums to bleed during pregnancy

Some pregnant women do develop s condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, but even this situation can be controlled. We recommend speaking to a dental professional to develop a plan that meets your unique needs and to keep your smile healthy.

If you have any other questions about gum disease, please call us soon. We are excited to hear from you.