The Mouth
– Body Connection

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is one the most prevalent diseases in the world, with an estimated 70% of the world's population affected by some form of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 10-15% of the world's population, or 600-900 million people, are suffering from severe periodontal disease.

Good oral health can lead to improved overall health
In recent years, international research studies have demonstrated a possible correlation between periodontal disease and other very serious systemic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases and pregnancy complications. Indeed, studies have shown that oral bacteria can enter the blood stream and travel through the body. Therefore, proper oral hygiene is important not only for preventing or treating diseases of the oral cavity, but it also contributes to the good general health of the whole body.


Potential Effects of Moderate to Severe Periodontitis on the Body

  • Diabetes: 2-4 times
  • Stroke: 2 times
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease: 2-5 times
  • Coronary artery disease: 2 times
  • Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: 4-7 times

“Residual bacteria in the mouth may enter the blood stream and be carried throughout the body causing inflammatory reactions.”

Sunstar Foundation: Expert Co-ordination Meeting on Oral Health and Systemic Health - Periodontal Medicine: Health Policy Implications. Geneva, December 2002.

The GUM® brand is the first line of products specifically designed to prevent the causes of periodontal disease, not merely the symptoms. Using its deep understanding of the mechanisms and major causes of periodontal disease, Sunstar is developing new cutting-edge products to combat the adverse effects of periodontal disease and its impact on wellness. This is being accomplished through Sunstar's utlilisation of its traditionally close relationship with internationally renowned scientists and academics in the fields of dentistry and medicine.