Gum disease affects many people worldwide. About 50% of adults worldwide suffer from gingivitis once in their life. There are also a number of myths about gum disease that have developed over time.
Here are some common myths about gum disease – along with important aspects about the cause and treatment of gum disease…
BLEEDING GUMS ONLY AFFECTS OLD PEOPLE – MYTHOS
Gum bleeding is a common symptom of gum disease and is often caused by plaque around, on
and between the teeth. It can affect people of all ages, although it is less common in children.
GUMS THAT HAVE RECEDED CANNOT GROW BACK – FACT
Can receding gums grow back? No. Once the gums have receded, they no longer grow back. Regular use of dental floss and fluoride toothpaste such as parodontax can help prevent further plaque formation, a possible cause of gum recession.
TOO HARD TEETH BRUSHING CAN LEAD TO BLEEDING GUMS – FACT
Brushing teeth too hard can cause bleeding of the gums. Bleeding gums could also be a sign of gum disease (gingivitis). You should therefore always consult your dentist if you spit out blood after brushing your teeth. When brushing your teeth, it is important not to press too hard. Use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush with a small head and soft, rounded bristles. Move them carefully with circular or oval movements, paying particular attention to the gum line (the area where gum and tooth meet). It is also recommended to change the toothbrush every three months.
GUM DISEASES ARE NOT ALWAYS SERIOUS – MYTHOS
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease that can be cured with proper treatment and a good daily oral hygiene routine. If left untreated, a more severe form of gum disease can develop, periodontitis. This is irreversible and can lead to tooth loss.
I ONLY HAVE TO GO TO THE DENTIST WHEN A PROBLEM OCCURS – MYTHOS
Talk to your dentist as early as possible if you think there are signs of gum disease, such as blood when brushing your teeth or flossing. However, you should also check with your dentist on a regular basis, even if you think everything is fine. Your dentist can detect signs of gum disease or other problems before symptoms appear and help you prevent the progression of gum disease.
POSSIBILITIES FOR THE PREVENTION OF GUM DISEASE
Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria that accumulate around, on and between teeth. If these bacteria are not eliminated by regular brushing and flossing, they can cause gum irritation and subsequently red, swollen gums and bleeding. These are early symptoms of gum disease, also known as gingivitis.
If these symptoms for gum disease remain untreated, small cavities or “pockets” between teeth and gums can form. As these pockets deepen, one of the most serious forms of gum disease can eventually develop, periodontitis. If this stage of gum disease is reached, damage may already have occurred. If the disease is not treated, tooth loss may occur.
This is why it is so important to stop this journey by effectively treating gum disease at an early stage (gingivitis) to keep your gums healthy.
TREATMENT OF GUM DISEASE IN THREE STEPS
Healthy gums are a prerequisite for strong teeth and a good oral hygiene routine is the best way to keep your gums healthy.
Only three simple steps are required to keep gums and teeth clean and help prevent gum disease.
STEP 1 – BRUSH YOUR TEETH TWICE A DAY WITH PARODONTAX DAILY FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE
Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush with a small head and soft rounded bristles. Use parodontax daily fluoride toothpaste. It removes plaque bacteria from the gum line so that the seal between the gum and teeth remains intact. It is 4 times more effective than a conventional toothpaste in fighting the causes of bleeding gums when applied twice a day.*/**
STEP 2 – USE DENTAL FLOSS TO REMOVE DENTAL PLAQUE BETWEEN TEETH
Remove plaque in interdental spaces and other hard-to-reach areas with dental floss or interdental brushes. Remember to floss carefully between your teeth, otherwise you may injure your gums.
STEP 3 – VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY TO HAVE DENTAL PLAQUE REMOVED AND TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE.
Visit your dentist for regular check-ups. During the check-up, gum problems can be detected before symptoms appear. Your dentist can also clean, clear and polish your teeth to remove stubborn plaque bacteria (tartar) and prevent gum disease.
By following these three steps, you can help prevent gum disease and maintain healthy gums and strong teeth.
MEASURES IF GUM DISEASE IS ALREADY PRESENT
If you notice symptoms of gum disease or are already suffering from gingivitis, these three steps can prevent you from developing into periodontitis. This is important because periodontitis is irreversible and can lead to tooth loss without treatment. If you already have gum disease, you should see your dentist, who can stop it from getting worse.