FEBRUARY has been designated ‘Gum Disease Awareness Month’ in a national and global effort to raise public awareness of gum disease.

The awareness campaign will launch in Australia with two events in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast on Friday, 7 February and Thursday, 13 February, respectively.

The event will be open to all clinical health professionals and is aiming to educate the front line health professionals about what is involved in gum disease, indicators for diagnosis, and what options for therapy are available.

The Australian arm of the awareness campaign is being coordinated by Dr Christopher Barker, a Queensland-based periodontist, to highlight the prevalence of gum disease and the consequences of untreated disease. The awareness campaign aims to encourage patients to take an active role in better oral health through prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

"This is the first event ever with the sole aim to educate not just dentists, but other clinical health professionals about the impact this disease in Australia," Dr Barker said.

Education and prevention are vital to stopping gum disease and Fight Gum Disease Australia is at the forefront of the education process. You can help raise awareness of gum disease and its treatment options.

Visit to learn more about gum disease and how it can be managed and prevented.



For more information, or interview or a photo/vision opportunity, please contact Maria O’Neill on 0438 430 164 or



  • Brisbane: NAB Place, Level 17, 259 Queen Street, Brisbane
  • Sunshine Coast: Urban Espresso & Wine, 4/5 Innovation Pkwy, Birtinya

When: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday the 7 February in Brisbane and Thursday the 13 February in Sunshine Coast.

Other ways to be involved:
- Link the official website to your website –
- Consider supporting the Gum Disease Awareness Month with your own activities
- Spread the word of the campaign via your own communications channels

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January 29, 2020 No Comments

Fight Gum Disease launches in Australia

Fight Gum Disease is spreading its message about gum disease and how to prevent it by launching its education campaign in Australi after launching in the United States 2 years ago.

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases worldwide but is widely unknown by the public. Fight Gum Disease Australia aims to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy mouth and use education to promote good oral health.

Education and prevention are key to stopping gum disease and Fight Gum Disease Australia is at the forefront of the education process with the recently launched website:

The key gum disease education activity for Fight Gum Disease Australia is Gum Disease Awareness Month which will take place in February with its inaugural awareness event.

Get behind Fight Gum Disease Australia and help to raise awareness of gum disease and its treatment options. You can help support this cause by:

  • Link the official website to your website –
  • Consider supporting the Gum Disease Awareness Month with your own activities
  • Spread the word of the campaign via your own communication channels.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us.

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Proactive Perio’s principal periodontist, Dr Chris Barker announces the launch of Fight Gum Disease Australia at an event in September 2019.

May 21, 2019 No Comments

Are Gum Disease and Stroke Related? Exploring the Evidence

Having a stroke is something that is terrifying in theory, yet may feel a long ways off if you are under a certain age. The fact, though, is that it isn’t just the elderly that are susceptible to the potentially life-threatening dangers of strokes.

Similarly, gum disease isn’t something that many people — of any age — seem to spend much time worrying about. Because of its relatively mild symptoms and lack of pain, people tend to shrug off the diagnosis as unimportant. However, untreated gum disease can lead to bleeding and sore gums, bad breath and even lost teeth. There is also evidence that the bacteria in gum disease may be related to other systemic health problems.


March 19, 2019 No Comments

Laser Pocket Disinfection: What Patients Should Know About Lasers in Dentistry

Technology has changed almost every aspect our lives, and dentistry is no different. One of the exciting developments is the advancement of laser dental treatment. We are constantly learning and striving to advance the standard of patient care within dentistry, and in our own office. Many practices are adding a new procedure that complements routine cleanings and can help fight periodontal disease – Laser Pocket Disinfection.

Periodontal disease affects approximately 85% of adults and is a growing epidemic. Our understanding of this disease has increased greatly over the last few years. We now know that periodontal disease is a bacterial infection around teeth. Specific types of pathogenic bacteria collect in pockets between your gums and teeth; as they multiply, they destroy the bone that holds your teeth in place.

As such, we need to not only treat Periodontal Disease with removal of mechanical irritants and diseased tissue (your normal cleaning) but we also need to address the underlying infection. With that thought in mind we’re now recommending that all of our patients have their teeth decontaminated prior to their typical cleaning appointments for three major reasons.


February 21, 2019 No Comments

What is Gum Disease Awareness Month? The Goals Behind the Movement

Gum Disease Awareness Month started as a grassroots movement. Recognizing the epidemic-level problem of untreated gum disease in the United States, the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) launched a campaign in 2012 to educate the public about the prevalence and the consequences of untreated gum disease.

Today, Gum Disease Awareness (or GDA for short) Month is recognized in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands, supported by clinicians whose aim is to improve their patients’ understanding of the disease. If you’ve ever wondered “why” Gum Disease Awareness is important enough to deserve its own month, here are the main goals behind the movement.


February 14, 2019 No Comments

A Valentine for Your Actual Heart: Treating Gum Disease for Heart Health

It’s Valentine’s season again, which means proclamations of love, pictures of Cupid and chocolates are everywhere. Whether you find the Valentine’s Day sentiments romantic or annoying, you can use those candy hearts as a reminder to take care of your actual heart’s health.

Research has led to a perceived connection between gum disease and heart health. Your body’s inflammatory response to gum disease may cause hardened gum disease and hardened arteries, which is a primary symptom of heart disease. It’s theorized that bacteria from the mouth may also enter the bloodstream due to the inflammation, wreaking havoc on other parts of the body, including the heart.

This research, as well as the fact that those with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease, has made dental professionals sit up and take notice of the connection — both for their patients and themselves.


February 5, 2019 No Comments

Own It! 4 Steps to Being Part of the Solution for Gum Disease

As a general dentist, I’m the first line of defense for periodontal (gum) disease. When patients come in, one of the first things we do is check to make sure their gums are healthy. When I diagnose a patient with periodontal disease, my goal is for them to understand the disease and then “own it”. We have to work together to keep it from moving to advanced stages.

Gum disease is personal for me. It has impacted my family – even since I’ve become a dentist my dad and grandfather have lost teeth to gum disease. Every day I try to find a solution for gum disease so my patients don’t have to experience the same thing.

Most of my patients don’t realize they have gum disease. Either they haven’t had a periodontal probing, or they don’t know what the numbers mean. And when patients don’t know what the numbers mean, they can’t help fight gum disease.  This is why it’s so important for dentists to educate patients about gum disease – and for patients to ask questions and learn more.


November 9, 2018 No Comments

Breaking Down the Various Forms of Gum Disease

Most people just don’t know much about gum disease — hence the creation of this very website.  In addition to knowing the signs and symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to understand that gum disease has different degrees of severity, and proper treatment depends on which stage of gum disease is present.

Recently, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) released an updated set of classifications for periodontitis (aka, gum disease). These new classifications are meant to help clinicians explain treatment plans to patients and then identify treatments appropriate at each level. The report comes as a result of the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions, and is the first update to the classifications in almost 20 years!


September 7, 2018 No Comments

What’s in a Treatment? The Differences Between Laser Treatments for Gum Disease

Picture it: You’re settling into your dentist’s chair for an appointment. It’s probably been too long since your last visit. After the hygienist and doctor work on you, you get the news: you have advanced gum disease. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill gingivitis; it’s been slowly destroying the bone around your teeth and you’re going to have to have surgery to correct it before it wreaks havoc on your mouth and the rest of your health, as well.


April 10, 2018 No Comments

The Alarming Link Between Untreated Gum Disease and Oral Cancer

Oral cancer accounts for just 2-4% of all cancers, but that number is on the rise. Because of the lack of pain associated with oral cancer, early detection and treatment plans are unfortunately rare. Gum disease is also often undertreated due to a lack of noticeable symptoms. Gum disease, if left untreated, can have a whole host of effects on your mouth and body — including the loss of your teeth. New research suggests that gum disease and oral cancer may be more related than we thought.