Removing the Stigma Surrounding Gum Disease

Everyone needs to be informed about periodontal (gum) disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of American adults are believed to have the disease. That’s 64.7 million people! Despite these surprising statistics, many people are relunctant to discuss  the subject – and that needs to change.

Concerns About Gum Disease

So, if so many people are affected by gum disease, why don’t people talk about it more? While there are several answers to this question, here are a few common concerns involving gum disease:

  • People don’t like to floss. Flossing is one of the main ways you can prevent gum disease. Yet, many people do not floss because they do not enjoy it. If you struggle with flossing, read our post Making Flossing a Priority.
  • Embarrassment. Admitting that you have swollen, bleeding gums and tooth loss might make you feel embarrassed. However, the truth is that there are millions of other people who are facing the same problem. If you believe that you have gum disease, don’t feel ashamed – talk to your dentist or periodontist at your next visit.
  • Fear of painful treatments. While receiving gum treatments may sound painful, dental technology has improved the way that gum disease is treated. One treatment, the LANAP Procedure, limits post-procedure discomfort and has  a faster rate of healing and gum re-growth.

The “Love the Gums You’re With” Campaign

The American Academy of Periodontology is making the discussion about gum disease more engaging. A few weeks ago, they received a Public Relations Society of America Skyline Award of Excellence for their campaign titled Love the Gums You’re With. The campaign uses clever sayings such as “To have and to hold – your teeth in your mouth-,” “Get to know your perio. And get closer to your gums,” and “Floss like your smile depends on it. Because it does” to talk about the importance of gum care. All joking aside, the campaign makes a valid point. Neglecting your gums can cause serious problems. In fact, gum disease has been linked to tooth loss, heart disease, and diabetes.

To learn more, visit the American Academy of Periodontolgy’s website or the campaign’s blog.

Even if you don’t have gum disease, please share this information with your family and friends. It just might save their smile.

If you have any questions, or are looking for a periodontist, please contact our office.

Take care of your smile!


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