February Is National Gum Disease Awareness Month

Over 80% of adults have gum disease, making it the most prevalent disease in the U.S.

So February, 2013 has been declared Gum Disease Awareness Month across the country. The month is dedicated to raising awareness of the prevalence and dangers of gum disease as well as treatment options.

Here are some facts you can share with your patients about Gum Disease:

It is contagious: Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that can be spread by contact like kissing and sharing utensils.

It can be silent: In some cases, symptoms may not appear until in advanced stages.

It is chronic: Our bodies work 24/7 to combat the bacterial infection of gum disease, leaving us vulnerable to other diseases, even chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

Treatment options are available: Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) treatment is available. LANAP is far less invasive, more patient-friendly and a much more effective treatment for gum disease than the traditional planning and surgery treatment previously available.

State governors have also been called upon to support Gum Disease Awareness Month. By calling their attention to this widespread, yet treatable health threat, it is believed they can help make a powerful difference in the health of their citizens. Governors of several states including Kentucky, Illinois and Arkansas have issued a proclamation officially making February Gum Disease Awareness Month in their states.