Recent Media Coverage

Brief synopses of articles resulting from the AAP's ongoing media efforts, secured by staff on behalf of the Academy.


AAP President Dr. Richard Kao offers insight to recent Journal of Periodontology study. 


Produced in collaboration with the AAP, this article highlights the effect of tobacco use on periodontal health. 

wait, should you brush or floss first?
Pure Wow - oCTOBER 31, 2018

A report on the August 2018 Journal of Periodontology report on whether brushing or flossing should come first in an oral hygiene routine. 

AARP - oCTOBER 24, 2018

This round-up of dental health practices cites an August 2018 Journal of Periodontology study on brush-floss sequence. 

rEADER'S dIGEST - oCTOBER 22, 2018

The AAP is mentioned in this breakdown of what bad breath could really mean about your health.

GQ - sEPTEMBER 14, 2018

This article cites a Journal of Periodontology study about men's brushing habits. 

should you floss before or after brushing? new study offers answer
CTV news - AUGUST 29, 2018

Journal of Periodontology study finds that flossing before brushing may be the best sequence of oral hygiene.


AAP President Dr. Steven R. Daniel on periodontal disease care and prevention. 

Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better? – December 2, 2017

AAP President Dr. Steven R. Daniel discusses whether manual or electric toothbrushes provide better results for periodontal health.

What Diabetic Mice Can Teach Us About Keeping Teeth Healthy
Philadelphia Inquirer – September 1, 2017

Immediate Past President Terrence J. Griffin on the importance of collaborative care and oral hygiene for people with diabetes

Revisiting the Classification of Periodontal Disease
Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry - September 2017

Immediate Past President Dr. Terrence J. Griffin on evolving diagnosis guidelines and the upcoming World Workshop on Periodontal Disease Classification

Go to the Gym – Your Gums Will Thank You for It
OZY Magazine - August 21, 2017

AAP President Dr. Terrence J. Griffin on the impact that being overweight can have on gum health.

Teeth: An Owner’s Manual
Redbook Magazine – July 24, 2017

AAP President Dr. Terrence J. Griffin joins a panel of experts on the best ways to care for your teeth and gums.

Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer?
Let’s Win! – May 26, 2017

AAP President Dr. Terrence J. Griffin on the possible link between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer.

Study Finds Link Between Severe Gum Disease and Higher Mortality Rate in Cirrhosis Patients
Dental Products Report – May 16, 2017

AAP President Dr. Terrence J. Griffin on new evidence suggesting a correlation between periodontal disease and increased mortality rates in liver disease.

The Periodontist is the Go-to Expert
Dental Tribune – April 14, 2017

AAP President Dr. Terrence J. Griffin on new developments in periodontics and what’s on the horizon for the Academy.

Periodontal Disease and Stroke Risk
Dr. Bicuspid – March 3, 2017

In a video interview, AAP President Dr. Terrence J. Griffin chats about new research linking gum disease and stroke risk.

Do You Really Need to Floss, or Should You Give It a Toss?
NBC’s The Today Show – August 3, 2016

AAP President Dr. Wayne Aldredge discusses flossing’s benefits in light of AP report.

Feeling Guilty About Flossing? Maybe There’s No Need
New York Times – August 2, 2016

AAP President Dr. Wayne Aldredge discusses flossing’s benefits in light of AP report.

New Report Suggests There is Little Evidence That Flossing Works
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt – August 2, 2013

AAP President Dr. Wayne Aldredge discusses flossing’s benefits in light of AP report.

Does Flossing Help or Not? The Evidence is Mixed at Best
National Public Radio – August 2, 2016

Past President Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel on flossing for overall health.

Keeping Your Teeth
CTV News – August 2, 2016

AAP President Dr. Wayne Aldredge discusses flossing’s impact on the development of gum disease.

Would You Rather Clean Toilets Than Floss? – May 17, 2016

AAP President Dr. Wayne A. Aldredge discusses the importance of flossing for periodontal health.

Do You Really Need to Floss?
Men's Health – October 26, 2015

AAP President Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel is featured in this piece highlighting the importance of flossing.

11 Silent Signs of Big Health Problems You Might Be Ignoring
Reader’s Digest – Sept. 2015

AAP Past President Dr. Stuart Froum is featured in this piece highlighting the impact of a gum health on overall wellness.

Two Floss Alternatives for Thread Haters
Shape Magazine – July 31, 2015

Before excess plaque turns into swollen gums or tooth pain, try these flossing options to save yourself that dreaded trip to the dentist.

Take a Bite Out of Gum Disease By Seeing a Periodontist
South Florida Times – April 24, 2015

A trip to a periodontist – a dentist who specializes in treating gum disease – should be added to your twice-yearly dental check-ups.

Practical applications for periodontal regenerative therapies
Surgical Restorative Resources – March 25, 2015

The February 2015 issue of Clinical Advances in Periodontics includes five practical application papers that translate the findings from the American Academy of Periodontology’s 2014 Workshop on Regeneration into clinical practice.

AAP releases information on regenerative periodontal therapy
dentistry iQ – March 2, 2015

Practical application reports can guide clinical practitioners on periodontal regeneration.

Mind Your Mouth: How Oral Health Affects Overall Health
U. S. News & World Report:Health – December 22, 2014

Failing to give your mouth the proper attention can have a negative impact on your overall health.

DentalTown Interview: Immediate Past President Dr. Stuart J. Froum on Placing Dental Implants
DentalTown – November, 2014

Deciding who should place implants.

RadioMD Interview: AAP President Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel on Gum Graft Surgery:
RadioMD – October 27, 2014

Periodontal Disease: Do You Need Gum Graft Surgery?

Sense of humor increases awareness of periodontal disease
PR Week – October 3, 2014

The American Academy of Periodontology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly half of US adults age 30 and older have some form of periodontal disease.

Six Brushing Tips to Impress Your Dentist
US News Health – October 1, 2014

The dentist doesn't seem so scary when your teeth are clean.

Letter to the editor: Oversight, treatment best defense in onset of peridontal disease
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel – September 1, 2014

In light of the recent newspaper advice column by Dr. Oz, Dr. Stuart Froum submitted a Letter to the Editor (LTE) to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel on behalf of the AAP, highlighting the patient’s need for the professional management of periodontal disease.

Closing Pitch with Dr. Stuart Froum
Mentor Magazine – June 2014

AAP President Dr. Stuart J. Froum talks to Mentor Magazine about gum disease prevalence, the AAP’s 100th anniversary, and what keeps him awake at night. 

Is My Dentist Trying to Upsell?
Angie’s List – June 16, 2014

Ever get the feeling that must-have treatment your dentist is recommending isn’t really necessary? Or do you wonder if he or she recommends a costly procedure when there’s a cheaper solution to meet your needs? 

Dr. Stuart Froum Talks "Love the Gums You’re With," Periodontal Health
NPR – "It’s Your Health Radio," June 2, 2014 (mp3)

Dr. Stuart Froum chats with Lisa Davis, host of "It’s Your Health Radio." This program aired on NPR stations around the country.

Chris Harrison Talks "Love the Gums You're with," "The Bachelorette" to CBS News
CBS News - May 16, 2014

For Harrison, the key to making a good first impression (aside from having good oral hygiene) is to just be yourself. 

Chris Harrison Talks Gum Health, "The Bachelorette" to - May 9, 2014

Harrison was receptive when the American Academy of Periodontology approached him about teaming up for the "Love the Gums You're With" campaign. "I see this all the time — how much impact that first impression makes —and a lot of it has to do with our mouth and our teeth and our smile, and from that comes our confidence and how we feel about ourselves. And it really is a big deal, because one in two adults over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease, and it's unbelievable that's a statistic out there, but that's how prevalent it is."

Vital Signs: It Doesn’t Take Much To Get Your Mouth In Trouble - April 28, 2014

Dr. Patricia Blanton, a periodontist and Professor Emeritus a Baylor College of Dentistry, explains the risks of gum disease in this edition of Vital Signs. 

Chris Harrison to “People notice when you smile” - April 28, 2014

“After 12 years, 27 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and watching people make first impressions and smile, it is such a big part of what I do that I teamed up with the American Academy of Periodontology to talk about gum disease. I know that’s not sexy and it’s not fun, but it is so important. It’s something that nobody talks about in this country and the fact that one in two adults over the age of 30 are affected by gum disease is staggering. I’m trying to shine a little light on that.” 

Chris Harrison on HuffPost Live, Talks “Bachelorette,” “Love the Gums You’re With” – April 22, 2014


Bachelor's Chris Harrison: Your Smile Can Make or Break a Relationship! 
93.9 MIA Radio - April 26, 2014 (Audio)

Harrison is teaming up with the American Academy of Periodontology to let people know that the gums they’re given are the gums they’ll have for life. Just like in a good relationship, your gums need love too. Harrison can tell you what you need to do to Love The Gums You’re With and share his coveted tips when it comes to getting and succeeding on that first date. 

Are Dental Implants Right for You? – April 15, 2014

Dental implant surgery is often the best choice to replace missing teeth. Not only does it restore the function of your tooth, but it helps decrease bone deterioration. 

What Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health
Women’s Health – April 3, 2014

Total-body health starts in your mouth—seriously, oral care is connected to everything from brain function to immunity. Plus, learn how your dentist could save your life. 

Expectant Mothers' Periodontal Health Vital To Health Of Her Baby
Health News Digest - Aug. 30, 2013

When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure both the health of herself and the health of her baby. New clinical recommendations from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) urge pregnant women to maintain periodontal health as well. 

Limit Chewy, Sticky Foods to Protect Your Gums
Men's Journal - Aug. 7, 2013

Oral bacteria feast on sugar, which is why dentists always say to cut back on candy... 

14 unhealthy things you're doing to 'save time' - July 23, 2013

It's no secret that leading a healthy lifestyle often feels like it takes more time than most of us have. So found a survey by the American Public Health Association in which 34% of adults said they were too busy to fit in things they knew were good for them, like eating right and exercising regularly...

Obstacles for Pregnant Women Seeking Dental Care
New York Times - May 6, 2013

In pain because of infected teeth, Luatany Caseres, 34, then a factory worker in Durham, N.C., was desperate to see a dentist...

Chicago Tribune
April 18, 2012
Audience: 3,529,180

This article recently published in the Chicago Tribune lists several foods that are good for your teeth and gums, including green tea and yogurt.

Huffington Post
April 19, 2012
Audience: 31,151,900

There have been some confusing articles about the relationship between cardiovascular disease and gum disease this summer. In this article, AAP President Dr. Pamela McClain explains that while there is no research that proves a causal relationship between the two conditions, research shows that there is a known association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.
May 18, 2012
Audience: 23,266,500

This article from Money magazine and uncovers several ways that you can help reduce your health care bills, including a few tips for saving on your dental care.

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The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,000-member professional organization for periodontists - specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry's experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.


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