Approximately 75% of adults have some degree of gum disease.

When asked, only 6% think they have it!

Gum disease often develops slowly and without causing any pain.

Gingivitis is an early, mild and reversible form of gum disease caused by dental plaque.


Preventative Care

Gingivitis and Periodontitis (Gum Disease)

About 30% of those with gingivitis will develop a more severe disease of gum disease called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums that destroys connective fibers and bone that support the teeth.  Left untreated it can lead to pain, tooth loosening and eventual tooth loss.

Mouth and Body Connection

In recent studies, gum disease has been linked to:

ê Heart Disease and Stroke

ê Respiratory Diseases such as Pneumonia

ê Diabetes

ê Premature and Low Birth Weight Babies


How is this possible?

For those with gum disease, the simple act of brushing the teeth or chewing gum can injure gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. It is believed that these bacteria may travel to other parts of the body, potentially worsening or causing other types of health problems.

Expectant Mothers

Women with periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to deliver premature low birth weight babies than those with healthy gums.


Compare this with 2.5 times for combined alcohol and smoking during pregnancy.

It is very important to see your hygienist during your pregnancy!

Caring For Your Baby and Child

Gently clean newly erupted teeth, gums and tongue with a gauze or washcloth.  Give your infant plain water instead of milk or sweet juices at naptime.  Better yet, avoid putting baby to bed with a bottle at all

When should my child first visit a dental hygienist?

This can vary, most hygienists will recommend the age of 2 (when the child has a full set of primary teeth).  Always be sure to help clean your child’s teeth and don’t forget to “lift the lip”.  Discolorations along the gum line can be a sign of early childhood cavities and should be addressed immediately.


Did you know that 75% of us avoid regular flossing?  Reasons cited were “forget to”, “takes too long”, or “don’t think it helps”.

Luckily there are many adjunctive tools available that can help clean out that missed plaque between your teeth such as floss handles and proxabrushes.

Ask your hygienist to help choose one that might work for you today!


How can you keep your mouth healthy?

ê Brush twice a day using fluoridated toothpaste

ê Floss daily

ê Be aware of any concerns in your mouth like areas of bleeding or sensitivity

ê See your hygienist for cleanings and dentist for checkups as recommended

ê Eat healthy foods

ê Try not to smoke or use tobacco products!

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