The Biggest Myths (And Facts) About Gum Disease

Nov 19, 2016

Do you see some blood after you brush and floss? Are your gums sore or tender? This could be a sign of gum disease. Call us today at our Bridgeport/Trumbull dental office (203-372-1220) or our Shelton dental office (203-378-9737). Our dentists are highly trained to detect and treat gum disease before your teeth fall out.

Why Gum Disease Really Is That Bad

What’s wrong with a little bleeding after brushing? The problem with gum disease is how it can really hurt your dental health.

Gingivitis is the early stage. Your gums can bleed, you can have halitosis (bad breath), and more. At this point, you can get rid of your gum disease with treatment from our Connecticut dental offices.

However, gingivitis will eventually turn into the advanced stage, periodontitis. Here, it begins to deteriorate your jawbone and cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. You can soon find your teeth are loose, and it’s not hard for them to fall out. That’s why gum disease needs to be treated — you can lose your teeth.

Symptoms of gum disease can include:

  • Sore or tender gums
  • Bleeding after cleaning your teeth
  • Gums that are dark
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath

How We Can Treat Your Gum Disease

Call us today if you have any of those symptoms. Our dentists have the training and experience needed to properly diagnose and treat gum disease.

In simple cases, we can use root planing and scaling. This deep cleaning method gets rid of plaque and tartar near and below your gumline. This gets rid of harmful bacteria and can stop your gums from being irritated.

DeJesus Dental Group can also use a state-of-the-art dental laser. This device painlessly removes infected gum tissue while keeping the healthy tissue intact.

Gum Disease Myths

Gum disease is important, but it doesn’t get talked about like cavities. Here are some myths you may have heard.

MYTH: It’s normal for your gums to bleed if you brush too hard.

Some people think that aggressively brushing your teeth is why they see some blood afterward. While it’s technically true, you would have to brush extremely hard to cut your gums all the time like that. If you see blood only once in a long while, you’re probably fine. But if you normally see blood after brushing, you probably have gum disease.

That’s why you need to call DeJesus Dental Group today. Our dentists have the advanced training to know how to treat gum disease effectively. Soon, you won’t be seeing much or any blood after you clean your teeth.

MYTH: Bad breath definitely means you have gum disease.

One of the tell-tale signs of gingivitis (the early form of gum disease) is bad breath. That’s because the harmful bacteria are killing off the cells in your gum tissue. However, there are other sources of bad breath. Not brushing enough, certain foods, and dehydration can all lead to odors in your mouth.

By calling today, you can schedule an appointment to see if you really do have gingivitis. Early detection and treatment are the key to making sure your gum disease can be controlled. Thankfully, our dentists have years of experience with both.

MYTH: Gum disease is hereditary.

Some disease or medical conditions can be hereditary, but not gum disease. Instead, it’s usually caused by neglect. If you don’t brush and floss often or skip your visits to our Connecticut dental offices, harmful bacteria can thrive on your gums. Eventually, they will slip below the gumline and infect your gum tissue.

Call either of our Connecticut dental offices today and schedule your next appointment. Even if you do not have gum disease yet, our hygienists can clean your teeth and gums to help prevent the disease from bothering you in the first place.

MYTH: Gum disease can always be cured.

This is the problem with gum disease. Gingivitis can be treated, but periodontitis is permanent. With our help, you can keep periodontitis under control, but it will never fully go away no matter what you try.

That’s why it’s so important to call us today and make an appointment for gum disease treatment. If our dentists can catch the disease soon enough, you can get treatments like laser therapy or root planing and scaling to prevent gingivitis from becoming permanent.

Call us today at our Bridgeport/Trumbull dental office (203-372-1220) or our Shelton dental office (203-378-9737). Both can help treat your gum disease and help you keep your teeth.  You can also book an appointment online.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult a qualified dental professional to determine the best dental/orthodontic treatment for your needs.