Gum disease is a serious dental health problem that as many as three out of four Americans experience at some point in their lifetime. It can range from mild gingivitis to more serious periodontitis. Unfortunately, only a minority of those who are affected ever seek treatment. Dr. Afar, Los Angeles dental implants expert combats the myths that are known to contribute to this low number.
• Bleeding gums are normal.
Bleeding gums are a common symptom of gum disease. If your gums bleed when you brush, floss or eat, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Afar as soon as possible.
• Flossing is not necessary.
Plaque and bacteria can build up between your teeth where brushing alone cannot reach. Brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day is critical for removing this buildup and preventing gum disease.
• Poor oral hygiene is the cause of gum disease.
Although poor oral hygiene can contribute to the onset of gum disease, it is not the only factor. Gum disease can be caused by smoking, an unhealthy diet, genetic factors and stress.
• Once a tooth is lost to gum disease, it cannot be replaced.
Gum disease is one of the top causes of tooth loss. However, dental implants can be used to restore teeth safely and effectively.
• The periodontist is scary.
Dr. Afar has a warm, friendly manner and will work with you to ensure your comfort. He is highly skilled and has completed extensive training in the field of periodontology so that he can meet your needs.
Contact our Los Angeles periodontist today to schedule your appointment.