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Misconceptions Related to Periodontal Health Marietta, GA

Misconceptions Related to Periodontal Health

Periodontal health is critical for maintaining overall oral health. However, there are many misconceptions and myths that surround periodontal health that can lead to confusion and neglect. In this blog, we will discuss some common misconceptions related to periodontal health and how they can impact your oral health.

Misconception: Bleeding Gums are Normal During Brushing or Flossing.

The Truth Behind Bleeding Gums

Many people believe that bleeding gums are normal during brushing or flossing. However, bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease and should not be ignored. Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and gums, which can cause inflammation and bleeding. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and other serious health problems. It is important to visit your dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease.

Misconception: Gum Disease Only Affects Older People.

Gum Disease Can Affect Anyone

Another common misconception is that gum disease only affects older people. However, gum disease can affect anyone at any age. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, genetics, and other factors can increase the risk of gum disease. Children and teenagers can also develop gum disease, especially if they do not practice good oral hygiene habits.

Misconception: Bad breath is Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene.

The Link Between Bad Breath and Gum Disease

Many people believe that bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene, but that’s not always the case. Bad breath can also be a sign of gum disease. When bacteria builds up in the mouth, it can cause inflammation and a foul odor. Regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene habits can help prevent bad breath and gum disease.


Periodontal health is crucial for maintaining overall oral health, and it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to oral hygiene. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your oral health, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene habits can help prevent gum disease and other oral health problems.



How Often Should I Visit the Dentist for a Checkup?
It’s recommended that you visit the dentist at least once every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning.

Can Gum Disease Lead to Other Health Problems?
Yes, gum disease has been linked to other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

How can I prevent Gum Disease?
You can prevent gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

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The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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