1) Gum Disease is uncommon.

Gum disease is actually very common.  According to the CDC, half of all adults over 30 have some form of gum disease.  Gum disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth.  It is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is on your teeth.  Regular brushing and flossing prevent the buildup of plaque that can turn into tartar.

2) It’s normal for gums to bleed during pregnancy.

Some women develop “pregnancy gingivitis” (gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease), but not all.  It’s especially important to have regular cleanings early in pregnancy.

3) I don’t get cavities, so I won’t get gum disease.

While good oral hygiene will help prevent both, just because you don’t get cavities doesn’t mean you won’t get gum disease.  Gum disease is painless, so many people don’t know they have it. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, causes gums to bleed easily and can be tender.  At this stage, a professional cleaning at the dentist office can stop the development of gum disease.

4) Having gum disease means I’ll lose my teeth.

Not true!  Good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist will help you keep your teeth. Your dentist will design a treatment plan to help you keep your gum disease under control.