Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, and with proper care, they can be a long-term solution to tooth replacement. 

Advantages of Dental Implants 

Appearance: The replacement teeth that dental implants are built to hold will appear identical to your surrounding teeth. No one will know you have a replacement tooth. 


Periodontists: The Dental Implant Experts

As specialists in treating gum tissue and the underlying bone in the mouth, periodontists are uniquely qualified to place and maintain dental implants. Periodontists receive three additional years of training after dental school to master the surgical skills needed to provide predictable and successful dental implant treatment. 

Reliability: The success rates of dental implants are highly predictable. When placed by a periodontist and with diligent at-home maintenance, a dental implant can last for many years. 

Confidence: Because they are secured into the jaw, dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to confidently smile, speak, and eat. 

Comfort: Dental implants fuse into your jawbone, becoming permanent. Unlike dentures, they will stay comfortably in place and do not require messy adhesives. 

Improved Oral Health: Because the adjacent teeth are not affected by dental implants, your long-term oral health is not compromised. 

Dental Implant Treatment 

Your periodontist, in collaboration with your general dentist, will develop a treatment plan unique to your specific needs. The dental implant, often a small titanium post, is first placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth is. Your jawbone will grow around the dental implant through a process called osseointegration. Once the jawbone has fused with the dental implant, an abutment, which attaches to the replacement tooth, will be placed. Typically, the replacement tooth is affixed by a general or restorative dentist. The entire dental implant process—including extraction, integration of the implant, and periods of healing—can take up to several months depending on your treatment plan. 

Dental Implant Care 

Because dental implants look and function like natural teeth, they require the same care. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recommends brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and receiving regular check-ups including an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation.

The American Academy of Periodontology provides this information as a public service, and it should not be used as a substitute for the care and advice of your personal periodontist. There may be variations in treatment that your periodontist will recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. Visit for more information on periodontal disease. © 2018 American Academy of Periodontology

HIPAA Privacy Statement

We understand that information about you and your health is very personal. Therefore, we strive to protect your privacy as required by law. We will only use and disclose your personal health information ("PHI") as allowed by law. We are committed to excellence in the provision of state-of-the-art health care services through the practice of patient care, education, and research. Therefore, as described below, your health information will be used to provide you care and may be used to educate health care professionals and for research purposes. We train our staff and work force to be sensitive about privacy and to respect the confidentiality of your PHI.

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of our patients' PHI and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. We are required to abide by the terms of this Notice ("Notice") so long as it remains in effect. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice as necessary and to make the new notice effective for all PHI maintained by us. You may receive a copy of any revised notice at any of our hospitals, doctors' offices, or ambulatory care facilities.

The terms of this Notice apply to Wasatch Periodontics. If you have questions regarding the coverage of this Notice, or if you would like to obtain a copy of this Notice, please contact Wasatch Periodontics as described below.

Uses and Disclosures of Your PHI

The following categories describe the ways we may use or disclose your PHI without your consent or authorization. For each category, we will give you illustrative examples.

Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations.

Treatment: We use and disclose your PHI as necessary for your treatment. For instance, doctors, nurses, and other professionals involved in your care – within and outside of Wasatch Periodontics – may use information in your medical record that may include procedures, medications, tests, etc. to plan a course of treatment for you.

Payment: We use and disclose your PHI as necessary for payment purposes. For instance, we may forward information regarding your medical procedures and treatment to your insurance company to arrange payment for the services provided to you. Also, we may use your information to prepare a bill to send to you or to the person responsible for your payment.

Health Care Operations: We use and disclose your PHI for health care operations. This is necessary to operate Wasatch Periodontics, including by ensuring that our patients receive high quality care and that our health care professionals receive superior training. For example, we may use your PHI to conduct an evaluation of the treatment and services we provide, or to review the performance of our staff. Your health information may also be disclosed to doctors, nurses, staff, medical students, residents, fellows, and others for education and training purposes.

The sharing of your PHI for treatment, payment, and health care operations may happen electronically. Electronic communications enable fast, secure access to your information for those participating in and coordinating your care to improve the overall quality of your health and prevent delays in treatment.

Health Information Exchanges: Wasatch Periodontics participates in initiatives to facilitate this electronic sharing, including but not limited to Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) which involve coordinated information sharing among HIE members for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations. Patients may opt-out of some of these electronic sharing initiatives, such as HIEs. Wasatch Periodontics will use reasonable efforts to limit the sharing of PHI in such electronic sharing initiatives for patients who have opted-out. If you wish to opt-out, please contact your patient services associate.

Our Facility Directory. We use information to maintain an inpatient directory listing your name, room number, general condition and, if you wish, your religious affiliation. Unless you choose to have your information excluded from this directory, the information, excluding your religious affiliation, may be disclosed to anyone who requests it by asking for you by name. This information, including your religious affiliation, may also be provided to members of the clergy, even if they don’t ask for you by name. If you wish to have your information excluded from this directory, please contact your patient services associate.

Persons Involved In Your Care. Unless you object, we may, in our professional judgment, disclose to a member of your family, a close friend, or any person you identify, your PHI, to facilitate that person's involvement in caring for you or in payment for your care. We may use or disclose your PHI to assist in notifying a family member, personal representative or any person responsible for your care of your location and general condition. We may also disclose limited PHI to a public or private entity that is authorized to assist in disaster relief efforts to locate a family member or other persons who may be involved in some aspect of caring for you.

Appointments and Services. We may use your PHI to remind you about appointments or to follow up on your visit.

Health Products and Services. We may, from time to time, use your PHI to communicate with you about treatment alternatives and other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

Business Associates. We may contract with certain outside persons or organizations to perform certain services on our behalf, such as auditing, accreditation, legal services, etc. At times it may be necessary for us to provide your PHI to one or more of these outside persons or organizations. In such cases, we require these business associates, and any of their subcontractors, to appropriately safeguard the privacy of your information.

Other Uses and Disclosures. We are permitted or required by law to make certain other uses and disclosures of your PHI without your consent or authorization. Subject to conditions specified by law, we may release your PHI:

  • for any purpose required by law;
  • for public health activities, such as required reporting of disease, injury, birth and death, and for required public health investigations;
  • to certain governmental agencies if we suspect child abuse or neglect, or if we believe you to be a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence;
  • to entities regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, if necessary, to report adverse events, product defects, or to participate in product recalls;
  • to your employer when we have provided health care to you at the request of your employer for purposes related to occupational health and safety. In most cases you will receive notice that your PHI is being disclosed to your employer;
  • if required by law to a government oversight agency conducting audits, investigations, inspections, and related oversight functions;
  • in emergency circumstances, such as to prevent a serious and imminent threat to a person or the public;
  • if required to do so by a court or administrative order, subpoena, or discovery request. In most cases you will have notice of such release;
  • to law enforcement officials, including for purposes of identifying or locating suspects, fugitives, witnesses, or victims of crime, or for other allowable law enforcement purposes;
  • to coroners, medical examiners, and/or funeral directors;
  • if necessary, to arrange an organ or tissue donation from you or a trans plant for you;
  • if you are a member of the military for activities set out by certain military command authorities as required by armed forces services. We may also release your PHI, if necessary, for national security, intelligence, or protective services activities; and
  • if necessary for purposes related to your workers' compensation benefits.

Your Authorization. Except as outlined above, we will not use or disclose your PHI for any other purpose unless you have signed a form authorizing the use or disclosure. The form will describe what information will be disclosed, to whom, for what purpose, and when. You have the right to revoke your authorization in writing, except to the extent we have already relied upon it. These situations can include:

  • uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes;
  • uses and disclosures of PHI for marketing purposes, including marketing communications paid for by third parties;
  • uses and disclosures of PHI specially protected by state and/or Federal law and regulations;
  • uses and disclosures for certain research protocols;
  • disclosures that constitute a sale of PHI.

Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, HIV-Related Information, and Mental Health Records.The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse treatment records, HIV-related information, and mental health records maintained by us is specifically protected by state and/or Federal law and regulations. Generally, we may not disclose such information unless you consent in writing, the disclosure is allowed by a court order, or in limited and regulated other circumstances.

Rights That You Have

Access to Your PHI. Generally, you have the right to access, inspect, and/or receive paper and/or electronic copies of certain PHI that we maintain about you. Requests for access must be made in writing and be signed by you or, when applicable, your personal representative. We will charge you for a copy of your medical records in accordance with a schedule of fees under federal and state law. You may obtain the appropriate form from the doctor's office or any entity where you received services. You may also access much of your health information using the org patient portal.

Amendments to Your PHI. You have the right to request that PHI that we maintain about you be amended or corrected. Requests for amendment must be made in writing and signed by you or, when applicable, your personal representative and must state the reasons for the amendment/correction request. We are not obligated to make all requested amendments but will give each request careful consideration. If we grant your amendment request, we may also reach out to other prior recipients of your information to inform them of the change. Please note that even if we grant your request, we may not delete information already documented in your medical record. You may obtain the appropriate form from the doctor’s office or entity where you received services.

Accounting for Disclosures of Your PHI. You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures made by us of your PHI, except for disclosures made for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations or for certain other limited exceptions. This accounting will include only those disclosures made in the six years prior to the date on which the accounting is requested. Requests must be made in writing and signed by you or, when applicable, your personal representative. The first accounting in any 12-month period is free; you will be charged a reasonable, cost-based fee for each subsequent accounting you request within a 12-month period. You may obtain the appropriate form from the doctor’s office or entity where you received services.

Restrictions on Use and Disclosure of Your PHI. You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations. We are not required to agree to your restriction request, unless otherwise described in this notice, but will attempt to accommodate reasonable requests when appropriate. We retain the right to terminate an agreed-to restriction if we believe such termination is appropriate. In the event we have terminated an agreed upon restriction, we will notify you of such termination. The appropriate form can be obtained from the doctor's office or entity where you received services and must be signed by you or, when applicable, your personal representative.

Restrictions on Disclosures to Health Plans. You have the right to request a restriction on certain disclosures of your PHI to your health plan. We are required to honor such requests for restrictions only when you or someone on your behalf, other than your health plan, pays for the health care item(s) or service(s) in full. Such requests must be made in writing and signed by you and, when applicable, your personal representative. You may obtain the appropriate form from the doctor's office or entity where you received services.

Confidential Communications. You have the right to request communications regarding your PHI from us by alternative means or at alternative locations and we will accommodate reasonable requests by you. You, or when applicable, your personal representative must request such confidential communication in writing to each department to which you would like the request to apply. You may obtain the appropriate form from the doctor's office or entity where you received services.

Breach Notification. We are required to notify you in writing of any breach of your unsecured PHI without unreasonable delay, but in any event, no later than 60 days after we discover the breach.

Paper Copy of Notice. As a patient, you have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice.


HIPAA Notification of Your Rights

You have the right to...

Ask us to limit what we use or share: You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations. We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care. If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.

Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information: You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why. We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.

Choose someone to act for you: If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information. We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.

File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated: You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us. You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Get a copy of this privacy notice: You can print this webpage or ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly. 

Your Smile & Gums

A smile is one of the most universally recognizable expressions. Smiling can demonstrate a person’s happiness, confidence, attractiveness, sociability, and sincerity. However, the effects of gum disease or other oral tissue disorders cannot only be dangerous to your health and well-being but can also have the potential to ruin your smile. Luckily, periodontists are the experts in treating the tissues around the teeth. They have the know-how to treat the effects of gum disease or other oral tissue disorders and help improve your smile. There are a variety of periodontal cosmetic procedures that can improve and enhance the overall artwork of your smile. 

Missing Teeth 

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. In the past, the only options for disguising tooth loss were dentures and bridges. Nowadays, dental implants are a more natural looking option because implants look and feel just like real teeth. They also allow the patient to speak and eat with comfort and confidence. During this procedure, a dental implant is attached to the root and after a healing period, an artificial tooth is attached. The result is a permanent replacement tooth that blends right in with the rest. 

Root Coverage


Smile for Happy Gums

A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology found evidence that periodontal, or gum, disease may negatively affect an individual’s smiling patterns and deter someone from displaying positive emotions through a smile.1 So maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing daily and give your gums something to smile about.


Gum recession as a result of gum disease causes the tooth root to become exposed, which can make teeth look long and can prematurely age a person. In fact, the phrase “long in the tooth”, used to describe the elderly, is derived from this very reason. A periodontist can fix this problem with a procedure called root coverage. During this procedure, tissue from the mouth’s palate, or other synthetic materials, are used to facilitate coverage of the exposed root. 

Gummy Smile

Periodontists also have the ability to fix a “gummy smile” when a person’s teeth appear too short. The teeth may actually be the proper length, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. Your periodontist can correct this by performing a procedure called crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Think of it like pushing back the cuticles on a fingernail. The outcome is longer looking teeth and a winning smile. Your gums are an important part of your smile. They frame the teeth and play an integral role in the overall aesthetics of your everyday appearance. While taking care of them by brushing and flossing daily is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth, talk to your periodontist about the procedures available to maximize the potential of your smile. 

1 R Patel, -P Richards, -M Inglehart. Periodontal Health, Quality of Life, and Smiling Patterns – An Exploration. Journal of Periodontology. 2008, Vol. 79, No. 2, Pages 224-231 YOUR GUMS AND YOUR SMILE The American Academy of Periodontology Patient Page is a public service of the AAP and should not be used as a substitute for the care and advice of your personal periodontist. There may be variations in treatment that your periodontist will recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. Call 1-800-FLOSS-EM for a free brochure on periodontal disease. 

Inflammation & Periodontal Disease

Most people know that maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a necessary step in achieving overall well-being. In fact, now not only dentists encourage brushing and flossing, but many physicians also promote oral hygiene as a way to help keep the rest of the body healthy. Several research studies have suggested that gum disease may be associated with other health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. And with more and more research reinforcing the connection between periodontal and systemic health, scientists are beginning to understand why these connections exist. One theory points to chronic inflammation as the culprit. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to harm, such as an injury or infection.

For many years, dentists believed that gum disease developed as a result of a bacterial infection caused by the build-up of plaque between the teeth and under the gums. While plaque build-up is still a factor in the development and progression of gum disease, researchers now suspect that the more severe symptoms, namely swollen, bleeding gums; recession around the gum line, and loss of the bone that holds the teeth in place, may actually be caused by the chronic inflammatory response to the bacterial infection, rather than the bacteria itself.


What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s instinctive reaction to fight off infection, guard against injury or shield against irritation. Acute cases of inflammation are easily identifiable, and are often characterized by swelling, redness, heat and pain around the affected area. While acute inflammation initially intends to heal the body, over time, if left untreated, it can lead to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to dysfunction or destruction of the infected tissues, and potentially more severe health complications.

Scientists hypothesize that the chronic inflammatory response mechanism may be the reason behind the periodontal-systemic health link. Many of the diseases associated with periodontal disease are also considered to be systemic inflammatory disorders, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease and even certain forms of cancer, suggesting that chronic inflammation itself may be the basis for the connection.

More research is needed to pinpoint the precise biological mechanisms responsible for the relationship between gum disease and other disease states. However, since previous findings have indicated that gum disease sufferers are at a higher risk for other diseases, it is critical to maintain periodontal health in an effort to achieve overall health. Dentists recommend daily oral care, including regular brushing and flossing, and routine visits to the dentist to avoid gum disease. If gum disease develops, consultation with a dental professional such as a periodontist can lead to effective treatment.

More Tips to Keep Your Teeth & Gums Healthy

Most people recognize how important it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but over time, different lifestyle factors can negatively impact your periodontal health. To help maintain healthy teeth and gums, keep these tips in mind: 

Strive to be stress-free

Minimize the stress in your life. Research has shown that people who are having a difficult time coping with stress can neglect their oral hygiene (1). Additionally, researchers have also associated the hormone cortisol with periodontal disease. Chronic stress has been shown to increase levels of cortisol, and these increased levels can be a factor in developing periodontal disease. 


Genetics can affect your oral health, too!

Family history may make a difference in your overall health, including periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease multifactorial, which means you can be susceptible due to genetics as well as environmental factors such as diet and smoking. Your genes play a major role in the onset and severity of periodontal disease.

Kick the tobacco habit

Tobacco use is one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. Tobacco’s negative effects on oral health are well documented. Most people that have recurrent periodontal disease are smokers, and smoking is also associated with complications after oral surgery. 

Drink alcohol in moderation

Drinking the occasional glass of red wine has been shown to have positive effects on the body; however, heavy drinking can negatively impact your oral health. Alcohol can irritate your gums, tongue, and other oral tissues. It can also contribute to poor healing after surgery and can halt your oral hygiene routine. In addition, heavy drinkers often suffer from tooth decay as a result of the increased exposure to sugars and acids that are often found in alcoholic drinks(2). 

Stock up on healthy foods

You know that a healthy diet is important for your overall health, but it’s also very important for your oral health! A good diet will help your immune system be at its best to help fight infections, including periodontal disease. In addition to eating a wellbalanced, nutritious diet, research has shown that both yogurt(3) and green tea(4) may add an extra boost to your periodontal health. 

1. Peruzzo, DC et al. A systematic review of stress and psychological factors as possible risk factors for periodontal disease. J Periodontol. 2007 Aug;78(8):1491-504. 
2. Cury PR et al. Hydrocortisone Affects the Expression of Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP-1, -2, -3, -7, and -11) and Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases (TIMP-1) in Human Gingival Fibroblasts. J Periodontol. 2007 Jul;78(7):1309-15. 
3. Shimazaki Y et al. Intake of Dairy Products and Periodontal Disease: The Hisayama Study. J Periodontol. 2008 Jan;79 (1):131-7. 
4. Kushiyama M et al. Relationship Between Intake of Green Tea and Periodontal Disease. J Periodontol. 2009 Mar;80(3): 372-7. 

There may be variations in treatment that your periodontist will recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. Visit to assess your risk and for more information on periodontal disease.

Maintaining Oral Health During Cancer Treatment

Cancer therapy can cause oral complications that compromise periodontal health, so a visit to your periodontist is important to help keep your gums healthy during this difficult time.

Oral Complications

Common side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation to the head and neck, and bone marrow transplantation can negatively impact your overall health and quality of life. Radiation and chemotherapy kill cancer cells, but they can also hurt normal cells. Complications vary for every person, but common complications include: 

  • Inflamed gums and mouth ulcers 
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, and swallowing 
  • Erosion of tooth enamel
  • Loss of taste 
  • Jaw stiffness 
  • Delayed healing

Pretreatment Evaluation and Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

Before beginning your cancer treatment, an oral evaluation by a periodontist is important. Identifying and correcting potential problems in your mouth may prevent them from intensifying or interfering with your cancer treatment. In addition to pretreatment care, your periodontist will probably recommend a daily oral hygiene routine. This routine will provide comfort, reduce the risk of infection, and minimize the effects of the complications caused by the cancer treatment.

Special Considerations


Oral Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with mouth and throat cancers each year. Oral cancer can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissues, check lining, and the hard or soft palate. As with many forms of cancer, early detection can improve the chances of successful treatment. By taking a few minutes to examine your entire mouth, you’re taking an active role in detecting signs of oral cancer early. To minimize the risk of developing oral cancer, avoid all forms of tobacco and heavy use of alcohol.

Even though pretreatment and daily oral hygiene can go a long way toward keeping your mouth healthy and comfortable during cancer treatment, sometimes it is hard to keep the negative effects at bay. Chemotherapy and radiation can decrease your salivary secretion causing excessive dryness in the mouth, and a dry mouth can increase your susceptibility to infection. Therefore, it is important to keep your mouth moist by sipping cool water, melting ice chips in your mouth, chewing sugarless gum, applying lip balm to your lips, and using a humidifier in your bedroom to reduce oral dryness at night. If a dry mouth or vomiting is a side effect of your cancer treatment, then it is important to protect your enamel (the outer surface of the tooth). Your periodontist can prescribe fluoride trays, which will prevent the tooth enamel wearing away as a result of vomiting or increased oral bacteria from dry mouth. You may also want to consider asking your oncologist to prescribe anti-nausea medication during your cancer therapy to treat nausea and vomiting. The relationship with your periodontist is as important after your cancer therapy as it is before and during your treatments. This continued relationship will help you maintain a comfortable, confident smile for years.

Brush & Floss for Healthy Gums!

One of the easiest ways to help prevent gum disease is to brush and floss every day, so, therefore, it is very important to know the correct way to take care of your teeth and gums. It does not matter if you brush first or floss first, as long as you do both (twice a day!). Equipment The most commonly used toothbrush is the manual toothbrush.

Another option is the electric toothbrush, which uses electrical power to move the brush head. The resulting vibrations that are created gently clean the teeth. It is important to always choose a soft brush head when using either a manual or electric toothbrush and to replace the toothbrush when the bristles begin to bend (or every two to three months).

According to a recent study in the Journal of Periodontology(1), all dental flosses are equally effective. This means that it does not matter which type of floss you choose to use. There are many different varieties of floss, including waxed, unwaxed, flavored, and shred-resistant, so there is a type of floss out there for everyone!

How to Brush

Position the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. While applying slight pressure, gently move the brush in a circular motion using short strokes. Use this method to clean the front of your teeth, then move to the back of your teeth, then the biting surfaces, and then your tongue, using the same gentle movements. Be sure you are constantly moving the brush head to avoid damaging your gums!

How to Floss

Using about 18 inches of floss, wrap the floss around your middle finger. Wrap the rest around your other middle finger, leaving 2-3 inches of floss between your fingers. While tightly holding the floss between your thumbs, insert it between two teeth. Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the tooth, and gently slide it up and down. Then, with the floss still in between the two teeth, switch the “C” shape against the adjacent tooth, and repeat the sliding motion. Move to the next tooth over, and repeat the process, unwrapping fresh floss from your middle finger as you go. For more information on brushing and flossing techniques or to learn other ways to prevent gum disease, make an appointment!


Don’t Forget your Checkup!

Daily brushing and flossing are some of the best ways to help prevent gum disease because it keeps the formation of bacteria-rich plaque to a minimum. However, you should be sure to visit a dental health professional, such as a periodontist, at least twice a year to have your teeth professionally cleaned and to screen for signs of periodontal disease. Money may be tight in the current economy, but preventing gum disease can be less expensive than treating gum disease. Additionally, research(2) has found that people with gum disease can have higher health care costs than people without gum disease! Take the time now to regularly brush and floss to help prevent gum disease and avoid higher health care costs! 

(1) G Terézhalmy, R Bartizek, A Biesbrock. Plaque- Removal Efficacy of Four Types of Dental Floss. Journal of Periodontology. February 2008, Vol. 79, No. 2, Pages 245-251
(2)R Ide, T Hoshuyama, K Takahashi. The Effect of Periodontal Disease on Medical and Dental Costs in a Middle-Aged Japanese Population: A Longitudinal Worksite Study. Journal of Periodontology. November 2007, Vol. 78, No. 11, Pages 2120-2126 Brush and Floss for Healthy Gums!

The American Academy of Periodontology Patient Page is a public service of the AAP and should not be used as a substitute for the care and advice of your personal periodontist. There may be variations in treatment that your periodontist will recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. Call 1-800-FLOSS-EM or visit for more information on periodontal disease.