Gum Health Day 2023
In 2023, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the British Society of Periodontology (BSP) are joining forces to promote Gum Health Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness about gum health among the public. A healthy mouth is an essential part of maintaining overall well-being, and keeping your gums in good shape is no exception.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria builds up around your teeth and gums. This can cause inflammation and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of adults aged 30 or above have some form of gum disease.
The importance of prevention
The focus of Gum Health Day 2023 is to educate people around the importance of preventive measures such as daily brushing and flossing while encouraging regular visits to their dentists/periodontists for professional cleaning as well as early treatment when necessary. There are various steps that can be taken at home to prevent oral health problems from developing, such as limiting sugary drinks and snacks, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste, avoiding smoking, eating nutritious meals with lots of fruits & vegetables etc. Additionally, visiting your dentist twice a year for check-ups is also recommended so that any issues can be identified before they become too serious.
Gum Health day 2023 recognises that everyone’s oral health needs differ depending on lifestyle, hereditary factors etc., so it is important that individuals adopt different approaches to taking care of their teeth and gums specific to their own needs. Poor gum health has been linked with several systemic diseases. It is thus essential that we all learn how to keep our gums healthy in order to protect our general well-being — not just for this one day but for years ahead!
Get your gums checked.
If you have noticed your gums becoming red and inflamed and/or your breath is not as fresh as it once used to be, you may have early signs of gum disease. It’s essential that you get them ceccked by an expert. Book an appointment with one of our Gum experts here at Perio and Implants.