4 Myths About Gum Disease

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Are your gums sore? Do they sometimes bleed after brushing and flossing? Call us today at 603-546-7460 to schedule your appointment for gum disease treatment. If not taken care of, gum disease can cause your teeth to fall out. Thankfully, our dentists are highly trained and experienced in nonsurgical gum disease treatment.

Gum Disease Can Be A Serious Problem

Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria. They secrete an acid that irritates your gums, making them prone to bleeding. If not treated, these bacteria can get inside your gum tissue. Once there, they can weaken your jawbone and make your gums pull away from your teeth. This means your teeth can get loose and even fall out.

The signs of gum disease include:

  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Dark-red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Bleeding after cleaning your teeth
  • Taste of blood in your mouth

Treating Gum Disease

At our Nashua, NH dental office, our dentists have studied gum disease extensively. You can get two different gum disease treatments:

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning treatment. Our team will gently reach below your gumline and remove the plaque and tartar left there by bacteria. Since this irritates your gum tissue, removing it can help reverse gum disease.

Laser therapy is a modern gum disease treatment. A special laser is used to sanitize your gum tissues, removing the bacteria themselves. There is virtually no pain, and it can get rid of bacteria that scaling and root planing do not catch.

Myths Of Gum Disease

Gum disease is widespread, but it doesn’t get the attention that cavities do. That means there are many myths about gum disease. Here is the truth.

MYTH #1: Bad breath definitely means you have gum disease.

Halitosis or bad breath definitely is a sign that you can have gum disease. That’s because the bacteria are killing off gum tissue cells. However, there are many reasons why you could have bad breath. Dehydration, certain foods, and not brushing and flossing your teeth can all give you a foul odor.

That’s why it’s important to call us today and schedule your next appointment. Our highly skilled dentists can examine your gums to help identify the cause of bad breath. If gum disease is present, you can get nonsurgical treatment.

MYTH #2: It’s normal to see a little blood in the sink after brushing.

Yes, it is technically possible to brush your teeth so hard that you cut open your gums. However, try doing that on the skin of your arm. Do you really think a brush will cut like that? Gum disease makes your gum tissues so sensitive that they can bleed easily. In other words, seeing blood after you brush it not normal at all.

Call us today at 603-546-7460 to make an appointment for gum disease treatment. Our dentists have helped treat gum disease many times over they years. They have the real-world experience needed to spot gum disease and treat it with deep cleaning or laser therapy.

MYTH #3: Gum disease is due to genetics.

There are many diseases and medical disorders that are hereditary. Diabetes, for example, is much more likely if you have a family history of that disease. That’s why a common gum disease myth says this is caused by genetics.

That is not true. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria, not something in your DNA. Those bacteria are always present, but they thrive when you neglect your dental hygiene. Thankfully, you can call our Nashua, NH dental office today and schedule gum disease treatment. Even regular dental cleanings and dental exams will help.

MYTH #4: Gum disease is always curable.

Since gum disease can be treated, it can be cured, right? Sometimes, that’s correct. Gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) can normally be reversed and removed. However, periodontitis (the advanced stage) is permanent. If harmful bacteria infect your gum tissue, you can treat the problems but cannot get rid of it.

That’s why it’s so important to call Nashua Family Dentistry today and schedule your appointment for nonsurgical gum disease treatment. If you come to us early enough, our dentists can use laser therapy to painlessly remove gum disease. But if you wait too long, you can find yourself with a permanent problem.

Call Nashua Family Dentistry today at 603-546-7460 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for gum disease treatment. Even if you only have the occasional problem with your gums, you should not ignore it. Instead, come to our Nashua, NH dental office so our skilled dentists can help you before it’s too late.

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