Myths About Gum Disease Debunked

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When it comes to your dental health, gum disease can be a silent saboteur. It’s easy to brush twice a day to combat tooth decay and never give a second thought to the health of your gums. But when your gums become infected, it can cause substantial damage to your oral health and has even been linked to serious health complications.

Take a look at these myths about gum disease and learn a little bit more about how you can take ownership of your gum health. Then, consider partnering with Dr. Roeder and Dr. Kulp at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care!

Our talented staff is trained to spot the earliest signs of gum disease. This allows us to intervene early with non-surgical gum disease treatment, which can prevent more involved curative procedures later on.

And if gum disease has already caused your gums to recede, we can fix the damage with the game-changing Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It’s a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting that involves no surgical cutting or sutures!

Call our Quakertown, PA office today at (215) 804-4777 to schedule an appointment.


Myth #1: It’s Normal For Your Gums To Bleed A Little Bit.


If your gums are bleeding when you’re brushing or flossing, you’re either a little too aggressive with your dental hygiene, or you’re experiencing signs of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that left untreated can progress into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Other signs of gingivitis include gums that are red or swollen. When healthy, your gums should be a pinkish color, not a rusty red.

So what should you do if your gums bleed? Give us a call. When gingivitis is caught and addressed early, it is often easily cured with a deep cleaning.


Myth #2: I’m Young. I Don’t Have To Worry About Gum Disease.


Nearly half of adults 30 and over have periodontitis, so it’s important for everyone to take ownership of their gum health. Gum disease is preventable, and one of the best ways to help yourself steer clear of it is by flossing once a day.

That’s because food particles that linger in between your teeth are a smorgasbord for plaque-causing bacteria. This bacteria is what causes gum disease, so it makes sense that being diligent about cleaning between your teeth makes for a healthier, happier mouth.

Women should pay special attention to the signs of gum disease. That’s because hormonal changes — including those during puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause — make you especially susceptible to periodontal disease.

What are the signs of gum disease? Those include:

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Gum line recession
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth


Myth #3: Having Gum Disease Means I Will Lose My Teeth.


While it’s true that gum disease is one of the most common reasons people lose their teeth, gum disease is also treatable. Even severe damage can be repaired — and it can be done comfortably with the help of highly skilled dentists!

Gum line recession, which occurs when gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, can expose the roots of your teeth. This leaves these support structures vulnerable to tooth decay, which is what often causes teeth to become infected to the point where an extraction is necessary.

That’s why it’s so important to repair the damage caused by gum line recession as soon as possible. Left alone, it will only worsen and compromise the integrity of healthy teeth.

Traditionally, gum recession is repaired with a gum graft. This procedure involves removing a small amount of healthy tissue (often from the roof of the mouth) and securing it over the receded gum line with sutures.

But there’s a better way to repair the damage. And Dr. Roeder was among the first dentists in the state of Pennsylvania to offer it!

It’s called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, and it allows you to restore a healthy and beautiful gumline without the discomfort and recovery time of a gum graft procedure.

Here’s how it works. First, we’ll numb the area to ensure your comfort. Then, we’ll create tiny holes in the gum tissue, and using special instruments, we’ll gently reposition your gums to better protect your teeth. That’s it! You can be in and out with a healthier smile in just a couple hours.


Let’s Work Together Toward Improved Gum Health


Making sure your gums stay healthy is one of the best ways to ensure your smile stays healthy for years to come.

If you’re experiencing any of the signs of gum disease, or if you simply want to avoid having to deal with it in the future, call the experts at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care at (215) 804-4777. You can also use our convenient online form to request an appointment.