Gum disease is a common yet often misunderstood illness. According the American Academy of Periodontology, up to 80% of the population in the United States will develop some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease ranges from mild and reversible to severe and chronic. Dr. Donald Coon, Dr. Justin Coon, and Dr. Cody Coon dispel some common misconceptions about gum disease.
Myth: Gum disease isn’t a serious medical problem
Gum disease can advance into a chronic bacterial infection. In fact, gum disease is linked to a number of systemic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Once gum disease advances into periodontitis, the condition must be managed with professional treatments and deep cleanings.
Myth: It’s natural to lose teeth in old age
Tooth loss is not a natural part of aging. In fact, teeth can last up for a lifetime. The number one cause of tooth loss is actually gum disease. Your teeth are supported by your jawbone and gum tissue. Tartar buildup inflames and infects gums causing gum line recession. As the gums recede, tartar collects below the gum line and along tooth roots. Over time, the teeth lose support and fall out.
Myth: Gum disease is only caused poor oral hygiene practices
While inadequate oral hygiene is a common contributor to gum disease, it is not the only cause. Some patients may have a genetic predisposition for gum disease. In some cases, gum disease may develop during hormonal changes such as pregnancy. Smoking and certain medications also contribute to periodontal disease.
Fortunately, Grinnell Street Dental treats gum disease with innovative methods. We manage the infection in advanced gum disease with deep cleanings and potent medications such as Perio Protect. For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact our Sheridan dentist office at (307) 672-7567. We serve patients from Sheridan and the neighboring communities.