With proper dental care, gum disease is a treatable. Unfortunately, some common myths prevent people from seeking proper treatment. It’s important to recognize these myths so that you can get proper care and keep your smile shining bright.

Many people believe that gum disease is uncommon. This simply isn’t true. Nearly half of the adult population in this country suffers from gum disease. Gum disease develops when gum tissue becomes infected due to plaque and bacteria buildup. Often the first sign is inflamed or bleeding gums. Proper dental care and flossing daily can help prevent or slow progression of the disease, but other factors such as smoking and poor diet can also contribute to gum disease.

People often mistakenly think that no cavities means no gum disease. Cavities often cause pain and discomfort, so they are more easily noticeable. Gum disease, on the other hand, is painless. This means it can be easily missed. If you notice red, swollen or bleeding gums, it is important to visit with a dental professional to be evaluated for gum disease.

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