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Your Gums Need Extra Attention Too

Your Gums Need Extra Attention Too

gumsOral health is not just about how well and often you clean your teeth. It’s about keeping your entire mouth healthy – even your gums.

TV’s Bachelorette Trista Sutter is leading some star-power to a new campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) about the importance of healthy gums and smile.

“I believe in being grateful for — and loving — what we have, and the gums we are given are the gums we have for life,” Sutter says in a statement. “I personally have always tried to take good care of my teeth. But, like many people, I didn’t know I should be doing more to take care of my gums. This is why I believe the AAP’s campaign to Love The Gums You’re With is so important; everyone should understand the importance of keeping their gums healthy.”

Gum disease is extremely common, occurring in half of adults ages 30 years and older. It forms when bacteria from plaque forms below the gum line, causing swelling, gum recession and tooth loss.

Gum disease can have a big impact on your smile – such as red gums and bad breath. Gum disease has also been linked to other illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. On a more personal note,  according to a new survey by Harris Poll, 60% of American adults who have a partner said their partner’s oral health has an effect on intimacy.

THE SCIENCE OF SMILES recommends brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day and receiving a dental hygiene cleaning every six months. Gum disease is treatable, and, in many cases, reversible with the right care.

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