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Tooth Loss An Media Myths

Posted by on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 16:16
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MEDIA  has capitalized on the misery of victims of periodontal disease with the dissemination of misleading notions and wholly inaccurate information .

“Bad breath,” “pink tooth brush,” “bleeding, messy gums,” an “army marching through your mouth” these are all advertisers’ euphemisms for the common symptoms of periodontal problems.

The ads promote particular over the counter products as being effective for curing periodontal disease and some of these symptoms (at the same time proclaiming that the products also add to the user’s sex appeal).

The truth is, however, that the only way to cure periodontal disease is with thorough periodontal therapy performed by a capable dentist in conjunction with appropriate home care. Periodontal disease cannot be cured with drugs, toothpaste, mouthwashes, vitamins, or food supplements.

It’s true that the flavorings in some of these preparations mask the odors for a few minutes while they wash away some of the excess pus, but this is hardly our idea of sex appeal. Periodontal disease is considered to be the most widespread disease of people over the age of forty.

Because of a large increase in the number of gum specialists (periodontists) and the public’s hunger for simple solutions, the amount of attention and information concerning the disease has significantly increased. But much of this information is only partially true, and much is misleading.

For example, many people still believe that pyorrhea is contagious, inherited, and incurable. All these notions are only partially correct. The germs seemingly involved in periodontal disease are found in most people’s mouths; for unknown reasons these germs cause disease in some susceptible people but not in others.

Getting gum disease from another person, while possible, has not been confirmed. Although the tendency to develop gum disease may be inherited, this is certainly a minor factor in the development of the disease and can be overcome with proper preventive measures.

With few exceptions, periodontal disease is treatable and controllable and does not need to lead to “false teeth.”

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