Over the years, we often hear some funny stories from patients. Among these are some dental myths about gum disease that have become popular. While the origins of these are a mystery, we want to help clear the air and expose the truth about some of the more common myths we’ve been hearing.
Not sure if gum disease is something you should worry about? We beg to differ. Dr. Paul Caputo shares some common gum disease myths:
Actually, no. Gum disease is not an effect of aging, but rather an effect of plaque build-up. Plaque build-up is not just restricted to children on Halloween either but can affect patients of any age. However, it is possible that age can lead to an acceleration of plaque build-up, but this in no way means that you should neglect your oral health as you get older.
The tricky thing about gum disease is that the warning signs are often difficult to tell. It manifests slowly over time, taking years for the symptoms to be noticeable. If you are worried that you may be at risk for gum disease, contact our office for a gum disease evaluation. Catching the disease early can help improve your chances of keeping your teeth healthy and happy.
Some may brush off bleeding gums as a sign that their brushing is too rough, but actually, it could be a more sinister sign of gum disease underneath. If you notice any of the other following symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Caputo right away: swollen gums, mouth sores, pus around gums or teeth, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, changes in your bite pressure.
Actually, if a patient is sick, most doctors will often look at the condition of their patient’s mouth for signs of poor oral health. Some studies have shown that bacteria from oral ailments can spread throughout the body through the bloodstream. Because of this, patients with confirmed periodontal disease are possibly at risk for heart disease, respiratory problems, stroke, and osteoporosis. If you are diabetic or pregnant, you should be regularly screened for gum disease, as this can affect your condition.
Just like the myth about waiting until symptoms arise, gum disease is sneaky and won’t often show obvious symptoms right away. And once it’s there, it won’t go away unless you make some changes to your dental care. As the saying goes, “The best offense is a good defense,” so putting a good defense against gum disease is the best step in fighting it.
Do you have concerns regarding your dental health? Don’t wait to address any oral health problems! Contact our office in Palm Harbor to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Paul Caputo today.
Dr. Paul L. Caputo
3490 East Lake Rd. Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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