Gum Health Day 2024

Gums rock! Keep them safe! 

Gum Health Day is an annual event celebrated on 12th May, organised by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). Created ten years ago to increase public awareness of the negative impact of gum disease and the serious health problems associated with it, Gum Health Day aims to highlight to the general public that gum health is a key factor for overall health throughout life. It also serves to remind the public that gum disease is a relevant public-health concern because it is associated with major systemic and/or chronic health issues including diabetes, myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, chronic kidney disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

The Gum Health Day slogan this year, "Gums rock! Keep them safe!" is intended to have an educational approach, emphasising the crucial link between knowledge and prevention of periodontal diseases.

Dr. Mia Rakic, Gum Health Day 2024 co-ordinator, explains, "This year, our target audience is Generation Z! We felt that we needed to target Gum Health Day 2024 at young people, as they are not necessarily aware of the role played by their gum health in their overall health, so they may feel less concerned about them. We want to help young people to recognise the pivotal role their gums play in self-esteem and overall wellbeing. Our campaign aims to inspire young people to lead a positive change in how society views gum health, emphasising its importance beyond oral hygiene, and shed light on the work of the dental team.” 

Gum Health Day resources to download and share

We will be working hard to raise awareness of Gum Health Day on the lead up to 12th May and will be encouraging our members and dental practices to promote this important campaign in their waiting rooms to their patients.  You are welcome to download and print the posters below. Alternatively, you can view a range of images using the Custom Content Generatorwhich allows you to create your own customised layouts for social media around the slogan Gums rock! Keep them safe!” 

In addition, the EFP have created guidance for how oral health professionals, school teachers and parents can get involved and help to promote this year's campaign. Take a look at the fact sheets below: 

EFP Gum Health Day 2024 Animation

The EFP have created a short animation aimed at young people to convey how important it is to brush your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene. By looking after your teeth and gums, you can help prevent other health issues.

If you learn about gum disease, you can prevent it. Find out more about gum disease by reading the answers to our frequently asked questions: https://www.bsperio.org.uk/patients/faqs 

Gum Health Day 2024 Posters

Gum disease: if you learn about it, you can prevent it.
Gum disease: if you learn about it, you can prevent it.
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Your smile is your hallmark.
Your smile is your hallmark.
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Feel as fresh as your breath!
Feel as fresh as your breath!
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Gums rock! Keep them safe!
Gums rock! Keep them safe!
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EFP Gum Health Day 2024 campaign videos

Public events to promote Gum Health Day 2024

Thank you to all our members who helped to promote Gum Health Day this year on their social media channels and within their dental practice. 

A big thank you also to BSP Undergraduate Representatives, staff and students at Kings College London, Liverpool and Aberdeen Dental Schools who organised fantastic events to promote Gum Health Day to patients and the public.

Take a look at some images from their events and the videos recorded by Kings College London.