August 16, 2017

Periodontal disease is a serious oral health problem that requires immediate professional care. It is a severe form of gum disease that develops due to continued neglect. Dr. Brad Haines and Dr. Steve White are experts in treating all forms of gum disease in Cornelius, NC. We want to help you by discussing these common myths about gum disease.


Misconceptions about gum disease lead to unhealthy habits. Here are a few of the most common false assumptions and responses:

  • Gum disease is obvious – The truth is that this illness often goes undetected in the early stages.
  • It won’t affect my health – The bacteria in your gums negatively impacts your immune system.
  • Everyone gets it – Only those with poor oral hygiene are prone to this illness.
  • It isn’t a big deal – Serious damage to your bone and jaw structure can occur.
  • I don’t have cavities, so I don’t have gum disease – Your gums can still become infected.
  • Bleeding gums are normal – Healthy gums do not bleed. Gums with periodontitis bleed.
  • Flossing and Brushing will get rid of it – Infections below the gum line are beyond your reach.
  • It will get better on its own – Professional treatment is required to repair the damage.

Gum Disease Facts

This illness begins with an infection in the gums. Left untreated, the infection gets worse. It damages the soft tissues that protect the roots of your teeth. Some signs that you might have gum disease include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding at the gums when flossing or brushing
  • Receding gum lines
  • Loose feeling teeth or teeth that shift
  • Chronic bad breath

Early stages of gum disease are often overlooked because symptoms are so mild. Your gums are inspected for signs of the illness during routine check-ups. Regular professional cleaning also helps to clear away excessive plaque buildup that leads to gum disease.

Gum disease progresses in stages. In the early phases, cleaning away infectious debris is often enough to allow healthy gums to grow back in place. Surgical procedures that repair gum lines and bone mass may become necessary if left untreated.

Get started with healthy habits. Contact the office of Drs. White and Haines in Cornelius, NC, conveniently located close to Huntersville, NC to begin your routine visits.



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