Gum Disease: An Oral Health Epidemic-- By Doug Ralston, D.D.S., The Huffington Post

An oral health epidemic is silently wreaking havoc in the mouths of millions of Americans. It affects people in the prime of life and often worsens with age.

What is this stealth scourge? Gum disease. Bleeding is likely to be the first clue. While brushing your teeth, the toothpaste turns pink or blood appears on your toothbrush. If you ignore the problem, it is likely to get worse: more bleeding, gum swelling and tenderness, maybe bad breath. Your dentist may inform you that you have gingivitis — or inflammation of the gums — which is a mild form of gum disease. This should serve as your wakeup call.

This epidemic is staggering-- an estimated 90% of Americans have gingivitis, and 70% of seniors suffer from gum disease.

Oral Care Recommendations to Combat Gum Disease

Here is what I recommend to keep your teeth healthy and fight back against gum disease:  

  • Avoid sweets, sugary drinks, and sticky food.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal, with a soft-bristle toothbrush, manual or electric, (if you can’t brush, swishing your mouth out with water will reduce bacteria by 30%).
  • Angle the toothbrush properly (at 45º)and wiggle it back and forth so the bristles reach below the gum line.
  • Floss after you brush to remove plaque from areas that a toothbrush cannot reach, including below the gum line.
  • See a dentist once or twice a yearfor a periodontal checkup and a dental hygienist for teeth cleanings at intervals recommended by your dentist. 

An Innovative Product To Fight Gum: Livionex Dental Gel

Did you notice that I did not mention toothpaste? I did so because there is exciting news on that front. And it doesn’t come from the megabrand toothpastes. Thankfully, an innovative Silicon Valley start-up called Livionex Dental has developed a complete game-changer: a dental gel that reduces plaque by more than 80%.

Compared to traditional toothpastes, Livionex Dental Gel is 2.5x more effective than name brand toothpastes at cleaning teeth. Clinical trials have shown that it improves gum health in literally weeks. And the ingredients are non-allergenic; free of harsh detergents, abrasives, or artificial flavors; and safe for both children and adults.

Instead of attempting to mechanically remove plaque as most toothpastes do —with abrasives and detergents — Livionex Dental Del uses activated edathamil to break the bond between plaque and teeth at the molecular level, effectively preventing plaque bacteria from attaching to teeth.

Now there is a new, powerful tool — a dental gel — that scientific research shows may help prevent gum problems.


Doug Ralston D.D.S., a well-regarded dentist, wrote this article in the Huffington Post.  We have posted a shorter version of the article. The full version is available here.