MONTREAL, March 30 /CNW Telbec/ - To mark Oral Health Month, the Ordre
des dentistes du Québec is launching a province-wide awareness campaign in
April, focusing on gum disease, also known as periodontal disease and
gingivitis. It is characterized by inflammation of the gums, caused mainly by
the accumulation of dental plaque and tartar, and can affect the bone that
holds teeth in place and eventually lead to tooth loss.
"Periodontal disease must be taken very seriously. Aside from cavities,
it is the main oral health problem among adults and seniors," notes Dr. Diane
Legault, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec.
The two main signs of periodontal disease, which is generally not painful
and rarely has any symptoms, are bleeding gums when the teeth are brushed, and
bad breath. The gums may also be red and inflamed. In some people, untreated
gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. At that point, the bones that hold
teeth in place start to deteriorate. Without treatment, teeth eventually
become loose and have to be removed.
Studies have found links between periodontal disease and some other
illnesses, in particular cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and diabetes.
It has also been observed that pregnant women with gum disease are more likely
to give birth to premature or underweight babies.
In April, the Ordre des dentistes du Québec will be running an
information campaign to make people aware of the importance of having their
dentists assess their periodontal health. The campaign will include an
advertisement to appear in daily newspapers and magazines, and a radio
message. A brochure for the general public will also be distributed in
dentists' offices across the province, and information will be published on
the Order's Website.
"We believe that boosting awareness of the phenomenon of gum disease will
help slow its spread," concludes Dr. Legault.
To prevent gum disease, the Order recommends that people see their
dentists twice a year and follow a daily oral health regimen including regular
brushing and flossing.
About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents 4,200 dentists. Its mission
is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional
and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.
For further information:
For further information: Carole Erdelyon, Ordre des dentistes du Québec,
(514) 875-8511, ext. 2232; Geneviève D'Autray, Ordre des dentistes du Québec,
(514) 875-8511, ext. 2264