Published: 09/14/2017

Millions of Americans suffer from gum disease and are unaware of the importance of seeking treatment. Not only can gum disease destroy your brilliant smile, it can raise your risk of developing a systemic illness. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about gum disease in Rockville, MD.

How Does Your Knowledge of Oral Health Stack Up?

Myth #1: Bleeding gums can be ignored.

Fact: Bleeding gums are the first sign of gum disease. Bleeding, inflamed gums result when the bacteria in your mouth has irritated and infected the gum tissue. When caught and treated at this stage, known as gingivitis, any damage caused by the infection is completely reversible. Treatments for gingivitis are also non-surgical, such as antibiotic therapy or deep cleanings.

Myth #2: Gum disease is the result of poor oral hygiene.

Fact: Periodontal infection can be caused by numerous factors, including tobacco use, medications that cause dry mouth, stress, a diet of sugary foods and beverages, hormonal changes, family history, and many more. Diabetics, for example, are much more likely to develop a problem with gum disease. Never feel embarrassed about seeking treatment for gum disease because more than half of us have it.

Myth #3: It’s only a little infection. It will go away on its own.

Fact: While your periodontal infection may seem small to you, the bacteria that caused it can enter your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. The infection also creates chronic inflammation, which has been linked to higher risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Periodontal disease will not resolve itself. You must seek treatment before you jeopardize your overall wellness.

If you are concerned about gum disease in Rockville, MD, talk to Dr. Steven Rice. Dr. Rice is a skilled periodontist who can resolve your bleeding gums and restore your oral health with a variety of treatments, including laser gum treatment. Dr. Rice is trained and certified in the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), a safe and effective laser surgery that eliminates the need for scalpels and sutures.

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