February Is “Gum Disease Awareness Month”

Campaign Targets Health Risk Faced by 85% of Americans

CERRITOS, Calif. (Jan. xx, 2015) – February has officially been declared “Gum Disease Awareness Month” in an effort to draw public attention to the dangers—and prevalence—of periodontal disease. And none too soon.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most common infection in the United States — more widespread than cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Fifty million Americans have moderate to severe gum disease. Of this staggering number, 40 million don’t even know they have it. And only 3 percent of those who do know they have the disease seek treatment. Gum disease is easily prevented, yet when left untreated, it can lead to devastating effects well beyond tooth loss, having been linked to a large number of serious health threats, including heart disease, obesity, lung disease, diabetes, pre-term births and stroke.

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To date, forty-two states have officially acknowledged Gum Disease Awareness Month to educate citizens and promote prevention and treatment:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

To learn more about gum disease and treatment options, visit www.fightgumdisease.com or join the movement at www.facebook.com/fightgumdisease and www.twitter.com/fightgumdisease.

GUM DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH: This national campaign is aimed at helping people make lifelong improvements to their health and quality of life by spreading awareness of the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options available in the fight against gum disease. The initiative is supported by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD), a non-profit educational and research entity dedicated to providing outcome-based clinical training for the patented LANAP® protocol, a patient-friendly surgical treatment for moderate to advanced periodontal disease, and the LAPIP™ protocol for the treatment of peri-implantitis around ailing and failing dental implants. For more information, visit www.fightgumdisease.com.

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