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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque that has hardened into tartar. To protect your mouth from gum disease, you need to have all the facts, which is why our team at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz is taking this time to debunk common myths of gum disease.

1. Gum disease is rare. Gum disease is actually a widespread issue among adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least half of people over the age of 30 have gum disease. Because symptoms of gum disease are usually painless, many people aren’t even aware that anything is wrong.

2. Only people with cavities can develop gum disease. While cavities and gum disease both stem from a buildup of plaque, they aren’t interlinked. You could be suffering from gum disease, even if your mouth isn’t showing signs of tooth decay. Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are a common symptom of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

3. Gum disease guarantees tooth loss. If you take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing daily, eating healthy, and visiting the dentist regularly, you shouldn’t lose your teeth to gum disease. Even after being diagnosed with gum disease, you can treat the condition and halt its progress with the help of your dentist.

Gum disease is a serious condition, but it’s also very treatable. If you suspect you have gum disease, contact Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at 818-641-5577 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.