Health Tip: Get the Facts About Gum Disease

(HealthDay News) -- When it comes to gum disease, some popular beliefs simply have no teeth.

The American Dental Association debunks these common myths:

  • Gum disease is not rare. About half of adults 30 and older have this infection of tissues that surround the teeth.
  • Just because you have few cavities doesn't mean you won't have gum disease.
  • Having gum disease doesn't mean you will lose teeth. Proper care and dental hygiene can help prevent tooth loss.
  • Gum bleeding during pregnancy is not inevitable. Take care of your teeth and gums, and see your dentist for regular cleanings.
  • Chronic bad breath isn't always harmless. It can be a sign that you have gum disease or a similar problem.

-- Diana Kohnle

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