The Gingival Health Day 2022 organized by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) takes place on May 12 around the slogan: “Treat your gums”. This annual international day, aimed at the general public, aims to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. This year, the campaign focuses on the new EFP guidelines for the treatment of periodontitis.
This day aims to inform the public of the harmful effects of gum disease – gingivitis, periodontitis, peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis – on oral health and overall health. ” Although still little known to the public, gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a high proportion of adults worldwide, causing tooth loss and other oral problems., recalls the EFP in a press release. Gum disease is also linked to major systemic health problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, pregnancy problems, rheumatoid arthritis or Alzheimer’s disease.
Treatment of periodontitis
The EFP has recently produced clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of periodontitis. These new guides on the treatment of the four stages of periodontal disease describe ” a structured and easy-to-implement pathway for the effective and efficient treatment of gum disease”explains Professor Kebschull.
New to Gum Health Day 2022 is a VET-designed “personalized content generator” that allows the 37 national federation-affiliated periodontal societies, their members, hospitals and the public to personalize their own event promotion material.
On the other hand, the EFP encourages periodontists, dental surgeons, researchers and other health professionals to sign and distribute the EFP manifesto: “Paro and general health”, an international call to action for the prevention, early detection and treatment of gum disease. The EFP invites individuals and organizations to ” endorse it and join the approximately 1,200 professionals, dental practices, businesses and universities that have supported it so far”.