A Few Facts You Should Know on Gum Disease

Did you know that if you have gum disease, you could have to deal with bad breath and tooth loss? Did you know that by brushing and flossing you can avoid these types of problems? If so, good for you—but do you know the more obscure facts about this disease?

What do you know about gum disease? While you probably know a few facts, would you be surprised to learn that there are many inaccurate rumors about the condition? To help you separate fact from fiction, we’re happy to discuss a few facts about gum disease.

For instance, have you ever heard that its normal for your gums to bleed while you’re flossing? In reality, if your gums are bleeding you could already be suffering with gum disease—and it could lead to more serious problems. You see, when your gums are inflamed, bacteria and germs can enter your bloodstream through your mouth and eventually spread throughout your body. If this happens, you could be in danger of heart disease, arthritis, and stroke.

Still, have you been told that it’s fairly rare? Sadly, gum disease is actually fairly common. Sadly, this isn’t true. In fact, nearly half of Americans over thirty have some form of gum disease and not know it. Sadly, gum disease can be difficult to detect. We recommend visiting Dr. Dr. John Oliver once every six months for a checkup. Our team at Smiles Dental will be able to detect gum disease and help you address the issue.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 541.787.4733 soon. We look forward to hearing from you!