If I Don’t Have Cavities I Can’t Get Gum Disease, Right?
Wrong!! Although both gum disease and cavity disease are caused by oral bacterial growth, a person often has gum disease without cavities. Don’t be fooled into believing, that since you’ve never had a cavity, you can’t lose your teeth to gum disease. Sadly, I have seen this happen to patients who haven’t had their teeth cleaned regularly.
A number of things can cause or worsen gum disease: Smoking, stress, medications, poor nutrition, obesity, heart disease, and family history are some. Three out of four people in the U.S. have gum disease, but only about 3% get treatment. Because it’s painless, you may not know you have it.
If your gums bleed easily or are red, swollen, or tender, see your dentist. Treat gum disease early before it worsens and you risk losing teeth.