“Treat your gums” is the slogan of Gum Health Day 2022, a global awareness campaign organized by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). The event aims to educate the public about the harmful effects of gum disease – gingivitis, periodontitis, peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis – on oral and overall health. The campaign calls for the prevention, early detection and, if necessary, effective treatment of gum disease.
Although still poorly recognized by the public, gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting a high proportion of adults worldwide, causing tooth loss and other mouth problems. Basically, gum disease is also linked to major systemic health issues including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction , some forms of cancer and more severe outcomes from Covid-19. This means that gum disease, its 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 disease that can be treated effectively. “Treat Your Gums” calls for this treatment – with all the documented positive effects for the mouth and the whole body – to actually happen.”
Moritz Kebschull, coordinator of Gum Health Day 2022
That’s why the campaign hashtag is #TreatYourGums, and why the recent clinical practice guidelines produced by the VET on the treatment of periodontitis are an important part of the Gum Health Day 2022 initiative.
“The new clinical practice guidelines produced by the EFP on the treatment of the four stages of periodontitis are a crucial development, as they are the first high-quality international guidelines to set out a structured and easy-to-implement pathway for the treatment effective and efficient treatment of gum disease,” says Professor Kebschull. “In a nutshell, a gum disease treatment that works! »
He adds: “It is important to emphasize that gum disease is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the global adult population, and is generally painless, so its early detection and effective treatment are highly dependent on how quickly the patient acts.”
A major innovation of Gum Health Day 2022 is a VET-designed “personalized content generator”, a feature that allows the federation’s 37 national periodontology societies affiliated with their individual members – as well as practices, hospitals and members of the public – to customize their own Gum Health Day 2022 materials, based on a series of graphic templates and slogans.
As part of Gum Health Day 2022, EFP encourages periodontists, dentists, researchers and other healthcare professionals to sign and spread the EFP Manifesto: Perio and General Health, a international call to action for the prevention, early detection and treatment of gum disease. Individuals and organizations are invited to endorse it and join the more than 1,200 professionals, dental practices, businesses and universities that have supported it so far.
EFP, world reference in periodontics
The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP, ww.efp.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of periodontal science and the importance of gum health. Its guiding vision is “periodontal health for a better life”.
Founded in 1991, the EFP is a federation of 37 national periodontal societies representing over 16,000 periodontists, dentists, researchers and oral health professionals from Europe and around the world. It supports evidence-based science in periodontal and oral health, and it promotes events and campaigns for professionals and the public.
The EFP organizes EuroPerio, the first world congress of periodontology and implant dentistry, as well as other important professional and expert events such as Perio Master Clinic and Perio Workshop. The annual Gum Health Day on May 12, organized by EFP and its member societies, brings key messages about gum health to millions of people around the world.
The EFP also organizes workshops and awareness campaigns with its partners: projects to date have focused on the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and caries, and women’s oral health. during pregnancy.
EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology is the authoritative scientific publication in this field. The federation also publishes JCP Digest, a monthly research digest, and Perio Insight magazine, which features expert views and debates.
EFP’s work in education is also very important, including its accreditation program for postgraduate training in periodontology and implant dentistry.
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European Federation of Periodontology (EFP)