Not everyone understands the power of flossing, but Mean Girl Rachel McAdams does. Not flossing leads to bad breath, cavities, expensive treatment, and -dentists’ #1 arch nemesis – GUM DISEASE. There are THREE huge myths about gum disease. Don’t believe ’em for one second!
Myth #1: I can’t do anything about my gum disease.
Floss & toothbrushes are incredibly inexpensive when compared to the rising costs of health care. A visit to the dental hygienist won’t cost you more than a hundred dollars or so – a number that PALES in comparison to the cost of diabetes prescriptions. It seems easy enough to take care of yet so many people don’t. The reason? Keep reading.
Myth #2: You know if you have gum disease.
Nope. Nada. Never happenin’. It’s referred to as “the silent killer” because most people do not recognize the symptoms of bleeding gums or bad breath that really indicate a problem in the mouth. And like most people, life gets in the way and we just simply don’t go to the dentist. If it doesn’t hurt, people don’t have the need to address it. Silently, it will eat away your bone and create infections in the mouth and you won’t even know it.
Myth #3: Gum Disease problems don’t affect the rest of my body.
Gum disease, or the clinical name “periodontal disease” is soooo bad that it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Don’t believe us? Ask Dr. Oz, arguably one of the most recognizable doctors today.
Bottom line: Make sure you are seeing your dentist every six months. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease you should be going every three months. I know, I know, I know, insurance doesn’t cover additional cleanings each year. But you must ask yourself if the cost of losing your teeth and developing further health issues is worth the extra hundred dollars you will spend on teeth cleanings each year. Pretty sure you’ll say no. Now, go call the dentist!
Interested in reading more about gum disease? Check out another article: Gum Disease, Deep Cleaning Explained.
Kristen is the office manager of Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Her extensive training in the dental field has joined her love of writing. Kristen enjoys educating the public about dental topics. She graduated from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!