8 Things To Know About Gum Disease

Attention everyone with a mouth in King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA!

It has come to our attention that many people have been neglecting something very important. This is important for your oral health and maybe your overall health, too.

It’s your gums.

You need to care for them just like you need to take care of your teeth, especially if you like your smile.

To help you understand how important your gums are, we have compiled a series of facts that you should know. If you have more questions, then we invite you to visit our dentists, Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S., at our office in Fredericksburg.

Fact 1: You need to brush and floss to care for your gums.

The reason the American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing every day is to remove bacteria. This bacteria that cause both tooth decay and periodontal disease live in your mouth.

Because they multiply every day, you should brush and floss to remove them and the plaque that they create. You are never going to remove them all, which is why daily oral hygiene is necessary to prevent them from causing problems.

Fact 2: You probably aren’t flossing enough.

In a 2014 survey, the ADA found that only 4 in 10 Americans said that they floss every day. (We’ll take them at their word even though 27 percent of patients admitted to lying about how often they floss in a 2015 survey.)

That means 6 in 10 people you see probably have not flossed their teeth in the previous 24 hours, and 2 of them never flosses between his or her teeth.

If you are going to be a statistic, be one of the 4. Better yet, get your entire family on the side of the 4s.

Fact 3: Gum disease is common.

The Centers for Disease Control recently conducted a study of Americans 30 years old and older. Their findings were troublesome but not necessarily surprising to people in general dentistry.

Nearly half of all the people in the study had some form of gum disease.

Fact 4: Your gums should not bleed.

Unfortunately, many people hold a false belief that it’s normal for your gums to bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.

The truth: Bleeding is a symptom of gum disease. There is good news to go with this.

This may be a sign of early gum disease, which is reversible. If you follow the ADA recommendations (brushing twice per day, flossing once daily), you may notice the bleeding stops as this becomes part of your routine.

Fact 5: Pregnant women have a higher risk of gum disease.

This isn’t what causes the strange cravings. This is a side effect of the increased product of progesterone. This is a hormone that helps the development of your child in the womb.

Unfortunately, it also helps the bacteria that cause gum disease. If you are pregnant, remember to keep your regular dental appointments and be vigilant about brushing and flossing.

Fact 6: Diabetes and gum disease are bad for each other.

Have you ever known a couple that brings out the worst in each other? That might be a good description of the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease.

Researchers are still studying the exact reasons for this, but they do know a few things. People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease. One hypothesis is that people with diabetes are more prone to have dry mouth, and dry mouth is good for the bacteria that cause gum disease.

In addition, having gum disease can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar.

Maybe you will understand why this is one couple would love to break up.

Fact 7: People lose more teeth as a result of gum disease than anything else.

In the United States, periodontal disease is the leading cause of all tooth loss.

There are a couple symptoms of gum disease that may help to explain why.

With advanced gum disease, your gums can start to separate from your teeth, which can leave them feeling loose. Also, in the latter stages of periodontal disease, bacteria may attack the bone that holds your teeth in place.

Fact 8: You can get treatment for gum disease.

If you live in Fredericksburg, VA, or any surrounding communities, we encourage you to make an appointment at our dentist office if you suspect that you have gum disease.

Our team is trained to remove infections from your gums. All you need to do is call (540) 369-4926 or use our online form to schedule your visit.