Some of us keep them.
Some of us don't.

See where yours may be headed
and how gum disease affects
the rest of your body.

The information on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

How often do you brush your teeth?

Preventing gum disease starts with your toothbrush. Brush twice a day for two minutes at a time.

Honestly. How often do you floss or use interdental cleaners like a Waterpik, tiny brush, etc.?

This is really important because just brushing doesn’t remove germs and gunk between your teeth.

Do your gums ever, um, bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?

Bleeding gums are a common sign of gum disease. Talk to your dentist or health care provider about this.

When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned at the dentist?

Regular checkups are an important step in gum disease prevention. That buildup on your teeth (tartar) needs to be removed professionally.

What do you usually drink throughout the day?

The sugar in sweet drinks feeds on germs that cause cavities. Drinking water throughout the day, especially from the tap, is one of the best things you can do for your mouth.

Do you smoke or use other tobacco products?

Smoking (or other tobacco usage) is one of the leading risks for gum disease.

Do you have diabetes?

People with diabetes are more likely to develop infections. Gum disease is an infection. Also, if you have gum disease it can be harder to control your blood sugar. Watch Me

Do you or have you suffered from heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure?

Heart disease increases your risk of gum disease. Share all your health history with your dentist.

How old are you?

Age is a risk factor for gum disease. More than half of people 55 and older have gum disease.

Are you pregnant?

Pregnant women are at a higher risk of gum disease. Pregnancy can also make existing gum disease worse. That's why taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is good for you...and for your baby.

Your risk for gum disease is:

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to reduce your risks and have a clean, healthy mouth.
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