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Do you know that your gums are the gateway to the health of your body and brain?

Do you know that many adults and children have some form of gum disease – and don't even know it?

Do you know how to tell if your gums are healthy?

Every day new research shows stronger links between the health of our gums and the health of our bodies. Here at we're dedicated to protecting your gums to protect your health. We can help you find out if your gums are healthy or need help and direct you to the latest and best treatments.

Sometimes it feels like dental professionals are speaking a foreign language; what do all of these weird words mean — like gingivitis, periodontitis, biofilm!?

to the quirkiest questions about gums

Sometimes it feels like dental professionals are speaking a foreign language; what do all of these weird words mean — like gingivitis, periodontitis, biofilm!?

Find lots more quirky questions and straight answers here.

We tend to tune out when we hear unfamiliar words, but when it comes to gum disease here's what's important to know.


In our mouths, just like in our guts, lives a community of billions of bacteria. This is called an oral biofilm. When this biofilm is healthy it protects the health of our mouths and our bodies. But when the biofilm is damaged, it produces an overabundance of harmful bacteria that can damage not only our gums, but our entire body.

Sticky plaque and hard tartar are types of harmful biofilms that collect on our teeth and around the gum line. Unless this harmful biofilm is reduced and controlled with good oral care or proper dental treatments, it will accumulate and break through the gums, causing infection and inflammation and weakening our immune system.

Periodontal disease is the medical term for gum disease. When harmful bacteria accumulate in the mouth they form plaque and tartar that attack the teeth and gums. Left untreated, they can break through the gums that form a seal around the teeth. Then gums bleed or form open pockets and harmful bacteria enter the bloodstream and spread through the body. Plaque also releases toxins that irritate and inflame the gums. When gum disease is left untreated it becomes a constant source of inflammation, which lowers the body’s immune response.

Gingivitis (inflammation of the gum tissue) is a mild form of gum disease. For many people, daily brushing and cleaning between the teeth and regular professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can prevent gingivitis.

However, if you have gingivitis and you don't do something about it, it can advance to periodontitis. This is a more serious form of gum disease where the gums start to pull away from the teeth, fill with more bacteria and become infected. As bacteria multiply beneath the gum line, infection starts to break down the bone and tissue that hold teeth in place. If left untreated, teeth may become loose and have to be removed. At the same time, harmful bacteria spread through the body, causing additional inflammation and disease.

If you suspect you may have gum disease, talk to a dentist, periodontist or dental hygienist. The earlier it's treated, the healthier your gums – and you – will be.


Our team of experts developed this website to raise awareness about the vital role of gums in our overall health. shares information, tools and solutions you can rely on to protect your gums so you can be a healthier you.

Worried about bad breath? Bleeding or sore gums? Catching an oral infection? Reducing your risks for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other diseases?

We're here to help. Check out our Straight Answers to the Quirkiest Questions about Gums, Quick Gum Health Check, informative articles. Share this info with your friends and family through our social media connections. Be sure to keep visiting us; there are exciting new advances in gum health every day and we want to share them with you.

Remember: if you protect your gums, you protect your health!