Published: 03/16/2017

More people than ever are suffering from gum disease, but many are unaware of potential symptoms of this problem. For example, gum disease is now known to be linked to other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, so it is vital to take action and treat problem gums as soon as possible.

Seeking treatment from a periodontist, like at the offices of Dr. Tom McCawley and Dr. Mark McCawley, could help heal your sore gums and protect your health. Whether you need experienced solutions for gum disease in Ft. Lauderdale, FL or personalized dental implants, we can help.

There are many misconceptions about gum disease that can make it more difficult for patients to know about the symptoms, and thus seek treatment. Here are a few common myths:

Myth #1: You Do Not Need to Floss

Many of our patients with gum disease are unaware that a proper oral hygiene routine can help prevent this issue. Flossing every day is the one habit that can truly make a big difference in the condition of your gums by removing harmful bacteria. Routine oral checkups can also help combat this condition.

Myth #2: Bleeding Gums Are Not a Concern

Another myth is that bleeding gums are not something to be concerned about. The truth is that bleeding, red, swollen and tender gums are often the first sign you may have gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease.

Myth #3: Visiting a Periodontist is a Painful Experience

Many patients also have a misconception about visiting a periodontist, a dental specialist who focuses on treating your gums. The periodontist is a partner to your regular dental provider, providing treatments such a high-tech laser gum treatment, a much less invasive, more effective and more comfortable treatment gum disease treatment alternative for patients.

Myth #4: Tooth Loss is Permanent

Lastly, there are lots of misconceptions about tooth loss, but if you suffer from tooth loss, there are ways you can get your smile back. For example, our office provides dental implants that can help you feel confident about your look again.

Contact our office today if you want to learn more about how to keep your gums in great condition. We can provide advice about what to do at home and how to treat your gum disease in our office.

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