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What is gum disease?

Good question. And we’re glad you asked. Before solving a problem, you first must identify it.


It starts on the teeth.

Gum disease is a result of movement and mutation. What begin as bacteria on the teeth form colonies and slide between the surfaces and into the spaces between the teeth and gums known as periodontal pockets.

These pockets can quickly become breeding grounds for the bacteria and form communities called biofilms.

Biofilms grow and break apart to spread. The spreading can prompt additional infection, inflammation and tenderness of the gums.

That’s why we stress the importance of early treatment, before bacteria has a chance to root itself in your gums, or worse, your body’s systems.

Bacteria in the periodontal pocket
Bacteria in the periodontal pocket

It can spread and lead to additional damage.

If not addressed properly, bacteria can spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream, leading to more dangerous consequences.

Pathogens identified in gum disease have been linked to heart disease, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and other systemic issues.

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It’s more common than you think.

Over half of Americans have what is known as chronic gum disease. Chronic means the infection has progressed beyond gingivitis and cannot be completely “cured.”

It can, however, be treated.

80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, all of them have the ability to treat gum disease at every stage in a way that is both comfortable and effective.

Many people don’t realize that the dentist keeps updated perio charts to measure the depth of pockets throughout the gums. When the hygienist is measuring periodontal pockets, any number above 4 is potentially problematic.


American adults with gum disease.


American adults with chronic gum disease.


American adults with gum disease.


American adults with chronic gum disease.

There is another way to treat it.

Historically, advanced gum disease has been treated almost exclusively with surgery. Surgery is an aggressive treatment aimed at getting to the root of the problem and eliminating bacteria.

Unfortunately, surgery removes gum tissue, which leads to tooth sensitivity. And surgery often invites bacteria back into the newly created wounds as they heal.

And while surgery is not always avoidable, there is another way.

Patented trays from Perio Protect deliver bacteria-fighting peroxide deep into the pockets of the gums to kill the source of infection. And the fact that these trays are non-invasive means the treatment is both effective and repeatable.

In fact, it’s likely effective because it’s repeatable. And vice versa.