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Gum Diseases

Gum disease strikes all ages, with 4 out of 5 adults and nearly all children and adolescents having some form of this oral health problem.

In fact, periodontal or gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and has become an important oral health concern similar to tooth decay. Even more concerning, new research shows that gum disease is linked to other health problems including heart and respiratory diseases, preterm and low birthweight babies, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

Certain populations, such as Mexican Americans and African Americans, are at (More)


Understanding Gum Diseases

  • Gum Disease and Pregnancy
  • Gum Disease Can Lead to an Unhealthy Heart
  • Oral Health/Dental Specialists
  • Periodontal (Gum) Diseases
  • Watch Your Mouth! (Multi-media partnership)
  • Gum Diseases: From the NIH
  • Periodontal Disease - American Dental Association (video)
  • Taking Care of Your Gums (American Medical Association)
  • Tobacco Use and Periodontal Disease (American Academy of Periodontology)

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  • Can Sneezing Make My Sutures Loose?
  • How Did a Black Spot Get on My Gums?
  • How Will Menopause Affect My Dental Health?
  • Is Gum Grafting Always Necessary?
  • Should I Experience Pain in Donor Site After a Gum Graft?
  • What Is an Appropriate Number of Gum Grafts to do at Once?
  • Which Is Better, Connective Tissue Graft or Soft Tissue Allograft?
  • White Blister: Is It Normal?
  • Why Do I Still Have Tooth Sensitivity Six Months after My Gum Graft?

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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014