Five myths about gum disease

By ryan.loweree
September 15, 2021

While gum disease, or periodontal disease, is one of the most common conditions that impacts the smile, alongside cavities, there is a lot of misinformation about it. This is why it is essential that patients consult with their dentist to determine not only if they have developed the condition, but fully understand how to treat and prevent it. At Montefiore Medical Center, our providers are here to assist in educating patients about this and other problems that can occur to one’s oral health.

Below are five common myths about gum disease that are dispelled by our dental staff: 

  • Gum disease is not a common problem. Gum disease is actually a very common problem, though it is often left undiagnosed in the earlier stages in patients who do not regularly visit their dentist.
  • You can only get gum disease if you have cavities. Cavities and gum disease are two different oral conditions that can impact the smile. Though both can develop due to poor oral health habits, this doesn’t mean that they are the same. They can develop separately.
  • You are going to lose your teeth if you have gum disease. When caught in the earlier stages and treated, gum disease can be controlled, as well as bone resorption. With this in mind, many patients can reduce their risk of tooth loss by working with their dentist to control the infection.
  • Bad breath is an indicator of gum disease. Not always. However, patients with advanced stages may have chronic bad breath, or halitosis, alongside other symptoms. The earlier stages of gum disease don’t often associate with bad breath, which can leave it undetected unless a dentist has determined an infection is present.
  • Gum disease can be cured. Gum disease in the later stages, sometimes called periodontitis, cannot be cured. However, with the help of a dentist, patients can manage the infection and keep it under control. Maintenance is key in keeping the condition from worsening.

Contact the team of Montefiore Medical Center to book an appointment 

With eleven convenient locations in the area, patients can build a lasting relationship with our dental team and improve their oral health and wellness with education and good oral health habits. Call our main office number at (888) 700-6623 to request a visit with our staff.

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