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24 April 2024

Gum Health Day 2024: Gums rock! Keep them safe!

Categories: Communication, Events, Gum Health Day

Gum Health Day 2024

Gum Health Day, observed annually on May 12th, is more than just a day; it's a campaign dedicated to educating the public about the critical importance of gum health. Established ten years ago, it highlights the link between gum health and overall systemic health, emphasising that maintaining healthy gums is vital throughout one’s lifetime.

The theme for Gum Health Day 2024, "Gums Rock! Keep Them Safe!" is especially geared towards engaging younger audiences. With a fresh approach that includes the use of modern platforms like TikTok, the campaign seeks to make gum health a trending topic, with your help! This initiative aims to educate, but also to foster a healthy preventive routine among the younger generation that is pivotal in reversing the trends of gum-related health issues.

We need support from dental and all health professionals to pass on the message that periodontal disease poses significant public health challenges due to its association with major systemic diseases. Just to name a few: diabetes, heart diseases including myocardial infarction and heart failure, stroke, and chronic conditions like kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The good news is that periodontal disease can be prevented!

Despite its severe implications, gum disease often remains an overlooked aspect of oral health. Gum Health Day serves as a platform to bring this issue to the forefront of public health discourse. The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) encourages everyone to spread the word.

The EFP has made it easier for professionals and the public to engage with this cause through the comprehensive campaign builder available online. The toolkit allows users to create customised materials such as posters, flyers, and social media posts to share with their communities. These resources are designed to be informative and eye-catching, helping to convey the key message that healthy gums are fundamental to a healthy life. Share your social media posts using the #GumsRock hashtag and remember to tag @perioeurope.

This year’s Gum Health Day is also about embracing new trends and technologies. The EFP recently launched its presence on Tik Tok (@yourgums) to reach young patients with original animations and dynamic visuals.

As we approach Gum Health Day 2024, the focus is not just on preventing gum disease but also on creating a culture of health awareness. By participating in Gum Health Day activities, sharing information, and using the EFP's resources, everyone can contribute to a healthier future where gum health is given the attention it deserves.

Join us this May to make a difference!

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