UK joins Gum Health Day 2022

“Treat Your Gums” is the slogan for Gum Health Day 2022 to be celebrated on 12 May in the UK and around the world. This is an international awareness day, spear-headed by the European Federation of Periodontology, which aims to increase public awareness of the seriousness of gum disease, the health problems associated with it, and the importance of keeping our gums strong and healthy.

The event aims to inform the public of the detrimental effects of gum diseases gingivitis, periodontitis, peri implant mucositis, and peri implantitis on both oral and overall health. The campaign calls for the prevention, early detection and where necessary effective treatment of gum diseases.

Although still poorly acknowledged by the public, ggum diseases are chronic inflammatory conditions affecting a high proportion of adults worldwideworldwide, causing tooth loss and other problems in the mouth. Crucially, gum diseases are also linked to major systemic health issues including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction, certain forms of cancer, and more severe Covid-19 outcomes This means that gum diseases and their prevention and treatment are of major importance not only for oral health, but also for the whole body.

“This year’s campaign focuses heavily on the treatment part we know that millions of people suffer from gum disea ses that can be treated effectively,” explains Professor Moritz Kebschull, coordinator of Gum Health Day 2022. “‘Treat your gums’ calls for this treatment with all the do cumented positive effects for the mouth and whole body to actually happen.”

That is why the hashtag for the campaign is #TreatYourGums and why the recent EFP produced clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of periodontitis are a major part of the Gum Health Day 2022 initiative.

Prof. Ke bschull adds: “It is important to underline that gum disease is one of the most widespread chronic diseases in the worldwide adult population, and that it is usually painless, so its early detection and successful treatment depends heavily on how fast the patient takes action.”

More than 47 countries are joining Gum Health Day 2022 – from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.