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News Release – August 5, 2014

GumGuardians.com aims to help Canadians protect their health by protecting their gums

 

Our gums are the gateway to the health of our bodies. With the goal of protecting the health of Canadians by helping them protect their gums, the Gum Guardians have launched www.GumGuardians.com.

Scientific research and clinical studies increasingly demonstrate the damaging impact of oral infection on our bodies. Still, many people are not yet aware of the importance of the health of our gums to our physical and mental wellbeing. And sadly, about 75% of Canadian adults have some form of gum disease, which can contribute to serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other diseases.

The Gum Guardians is an alliance of dental professionals – a dentist, oral health scientist, periodontist, oral surgeon and dental hygienist – who want to raise awareness about the vital role of our gums in our overall health. Through GumGuardians.com they share timely, accurate and practical information and tools to eliminate oral infections and the serious health problems they can cause.

For consumers, the site offers a quick gum health check (are you among the 75% or the 25%?) , 4 steps to keep gums healthy, the best treatments for every type of gum trouble, 3 questions to ask at your next dental checkup , the latest news about gum health (why testing your mouth for disease will soon be as common as testing your blood for disease) and straight answers to the quirkiest questions about gums (someone told me I can give my baby gum disease by cleaning her pacifier in my mouth. Really?)

For dental and medical professionals, who are the gatekeepers' of their patients' health, the site includes tips for determining whether patients are at high risk for periodontal disease, the most advanced treatment options, the latest professional news about gum health (studies show a strong link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer's disease), and straight answers to pros' questions about gum health (what's the relationship between oral biofilm and treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease?).

There are advances in gum health every day and the Gum Guardians will be updating the site regularly to share the latest news and tips.