Gum Health Day 2020
Gum Health Day !
European Federation of Periodontology has declared 12th May as Gum Health Day. Every year this day is observed across the world to raise awareness on gum health. Gum Health Day 2020 on May 12 seeks to raise public awareness of the importance of identifying bleeding gums as a sign of gum disease, a chronic condition often associated with serious systemic diseases. This awareness initiative encourages people with bleeding gums to consult their dentist or pharmacist and encompasses dozens of activities in more than 40 countries across the world.
Say No to Bleeding Gums
The campaign slogan for 2020 is “Say NO to bleeding gums”. It seeks to remind people that gum health is a key factor for overall health throughout life, and that gum disease is a relevant public-health concern because it is linked to very serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. Gum health is relatively easy to maintain and may contribute to preventing many more serious conditions and thereby to saving many millions in medical costs.
Why Healthy Gums Matter ?
Healthy gums are pink and clean, holding our teeth firmly in place. They never bleed or become swollen. Healthy gums are essential for the correct functioning of the mouth and enable us to eat and speak properly. They are also important to our smile and allow us to express ourselves socially with self-confidence.
Gum diseases can go unnoticed for years and are serious as they are:
- Chronic in nature
- Most common medical conditions among adults – 8/10 individuals suffer from gum diseases with high prevalence among 35 + year age group
- Related to diseases of heart, brain, kidney and other conditions like obesity, pregnancy
“ Dental plaque accumulation is
the trigger for all the gum diseases”
Risk factors for gum disease
- Obesity and unhealthy diet
- Some medications
- Pregnancy and Hormonal disturbances
Healthy gums can improve your life !
Healthy gums can improve life as they:
- Prevent your teeth from loosening or falling out
- Help you to prevent or control various systemic diseases
- Prevent bad breath
- Prevent chewing and speech problems
- Prevent irreversible damage to your teeth & gums
- Prevent premature birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes
- Prevent aesthetic problems
Prevention and Treatment of Gum Diseases
With advancement of dentistry, there are several treatment options and methods to treat gum diseases based on its stage. A visit to your dentist or Periodontist can help you in diagnosis and management of gum disease. Good oral hygiene is the basic step for gum health. Gum diseases are preventable.