Gum problems affects many people all over the world. There are also a number of gum problems myths that have developed over time.
Here are some common gum problems myths you may encounter - along with a few key facts to be aware of when it comes to the causes and treatment of gum problems...
1. BLEEDING GUMS ONLY AFFECT OLD PEOPLE - MYTH
Bleeding gums are a common symptom of gum problems, often caused by the build-up of plaque around, on and in between your teeth. It can affect people of all ages, although the problem is less common in children.
2. RECEDING GUMS CAN'T GROW BACK - FACT
Can receding gums grow back? No, receding gums cannot grow back by themselves. Flossing regularly and using a fluoride toothpaste such as parodontax can help to prevent plaque build-up, a cause of gum recession if left untreated.
3. BRUSHING TOO HARD CAN CAUSE BLEEDING GUMS - FACT
Brushing too hard can cause bleeding gums, but this could also be a sign of gum problems, so always talk to your dentist if you see blood when you spit after brushing your teeth. When brushing, it's important not to apply too much pressure. Use a manual or electric toothbrush with a small head and soft round bristles, moving in a careful circular or elliptical motion and paying particular attention to the gum line (the area where the gum meets the tooth). It is also recommended to change your toothbrush every three months.
4. GUM PROBLEMS IS NOT ALWAYS SERIOUS - MYTH
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be fixed with the right treatment and a good daily oral care routine. But, if left untreated, it can lead to more serious gum disease, called periodontitis, which is irreversible, can't be fixed and may, eventually, result in tooth loss.
5. I ONLY NEED TO SEE MY DENTIST WHEN THERE'S A PROBLEM - MYTH
If you suspect you are experiencing any of the signs of gum problems, including seeing blood in your spit when brushing or flossing, it could worsen if left untreated or ignored. Do see and speak to your dentist as soon as possible.
HEALTHY TEETH START WITH HEALTHY GUMS
Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes using a manual or electric toothbrush with a small head and soft, rounded bristles. Use parodontax Daily Fluoride Toothpaste, which physically removes the build of plaque bacteria along the gum line, helping to keep the seal between your gums and teeth tight. When used to brush twice daily it removes 4x more plaque than a regular toothpaste*1 removing a main cause of bleeding gums**.
*versus regular toothpaste with twice daily brushing, removing a main cause of bleeding gums.
**This claim does not apply to parodontax Whitening
1. 6-Month Randomised Controlled Study, Journal of Clinical Dentistry 2018;29:33-39 using toothpaste containing 67% sodium bicarbonate, with twice daily brushing. Individual results may vary.
ABOUT GUM DISEASE
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