AAP Teaches America to “Love the Gums You’re With”

Author: Dental Geek
04.24.14 / 1:19 pm


I can’t seem to get the tune, “If you can’t be with the gums you love, love the gums you’re with!” out of my head. Thanks to Stephen Stills for the 1970s Billboard hit that presented the dental industry with the perfect tagline, “Love the Gums You’re With” to help instill the importance of showing your gums some love and attention.

With this newly launched campaign, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is doing their part to teach Americans about the extremely high prevalence of periodontal disease among American adults. Recent NHANES data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show almost half of American adults are suffering from the disease. The most troublesome part is the fact that it’s a silent disease and so many don’t get the preventive care they need until it’s too late and more extreme treatment measures are necessary.

The AAP teamed up with Chris Harrison, the host of ABC’s “The Bachelor” to launch the campaign and help gain national awareness with consumers. Visit perio.org/loveyourgums to learn more about what the AAP is doing to educate the public, and don’t forget to encourage your patients to make a commitment to their gums today!

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3 responses to “AAP Teaches America to “Love the Gums You’re With””

  1. Recently study shows that 100% adult suffer from tooth decay. “Love the Gums You’re With” is more important. We know poor oral health will lead to poor body health.

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  2. Periodontal disease is a huge problem, and it is caused by a number of factors. I have seen patients that have taken immaculate care of their teeth and still suffer from gingivitis and periodontal disease and those who leave much to be desired in their hygeine and only suffer mild cases. Genetics, diet, and endocrinological issues such as diabetes can have an effect on whether or not people suffer from gingivitis and periodontal disease. Still, I am happy that there are other organizations and doctors out there pushing to ‘love your gums’, because oral health is so intimately tied with the health of the rest of the body that it needs to be addressed.

    As always, I recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day and seeing your dentist at least once every six months. These are important preventative steps, because there are no better gums and teeth than the ones you are born with and it always pains me and my patients when a tooth is damaged and lost.

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