Fight Gum Disease


85% of US adults have gum disease… a chronic infection now linked to heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer and cancer. Despite its high prevalence and impact on total health, many adults ignore the early signs gum disease.

In an effort to raise awareness and to draw public attention to the dangers—and prevalence—of periodontal disease, the IALD helped establish February as Gum Disease Awareness Month. To date, all 50 US states, plus Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have officially acknowledged this campaign to educate citizens and promote prevention and treatment.


icon-speechSpread awareness about gum disease risk factors, signs, symptoms, and treatment options available
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Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease

50 million Americans have moderate to severe gum disease

40 million of Americans with gum disease don’t even know they
have it

Only 3% of those who know they have moderate-to-severe gum disease seek treatment

The most common infection in the United States—more widespread than cancer, heart disease and diabetes

Easily prevented, yet when left untreated, it can lead to devastating effects well beyond tooth loss

Linked to several significant health issues including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term births and rheumatoid arthritis


The IALD is all about the patient, and we believe that this is basic information that patients need to know in order to make more informed decisions about their health. We’re leading the charge in communicating the serious and far-reaching impacts of this health concern.