Myth #1 – Gum disease is uncommon.

This is untrue. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that nearly half of adults over thirty-years-old are afflicted with one form of gum disease. Clearly, gum disease is much more common than people realize. it develops because of the plaque that constantly forms on teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent the disease.

Myth #2 – I don’t have any cavities, so I can’t have gum disease.

This is also untrue. Gum disease can develop independently from cavities, although they are both caused by plaque. Gum disease can develop before cavities. Unlike cavities, gum disease is painless, so people are often unaware they have it. Watch for bleeding, redness, swelling, or tenderness. These are signs of gingivitis, which can be treated by  a professional dental cleaning. A strict regimen of daily brushing and flossing will prevent gum disease (as well as cavities).

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