Did you know 9 out of 10 Malaysians have signs of gum disease? Left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss. Not only will it affect speech clarity and reduce enjoyment of crunchy, chewy and crispy food, it can also impact your confidence and make you smile and laugh less often.
The 2010 National Oral Health Survey of Adults indicated that 9 out of 10 Malaysian adults suffer from gum disease. A more recent study, Project Katsu, conducted in 2017 by Lion Corporation on 450 Malaysian adults, also showed that 80% of respondents had at least one visible sign and symptom of gum disease – most commonly bleeding and swollen gums – but only 1% realise that they have gum disease.
“There is a serious lack of awareness of gum disease and its potential to impact the quality of life and its association with major medical conditions. Too many of us accept signs of gum disease, such as bleeding when brushing, as normal. Malaysians need to recognise the signs and symptoms of gum disease so that they know when something is wrong and can seek help,” said Ministry of Health’s acting principal director of oral health and dental public health specialist, Dr Norliza Mohamed.
Malaysian Dental Association president-elect and paediatric dental specialist Dr Leong Kei Joe added, “Researches have shown the association between gum disease and certain medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and even its link to Alzheimer’s disease. These are serious, life-threatening diseases and therefore, we strongly advocate early detection and treatment of gum disease as an essential step in safeguarding overall general health.”
Today, gum disease has overtaken cavities as the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, due to prolonged plaque build-up in between teeth, along the gum lines and in gum pockets from poor brushing habits. Moreover, it usually remains undetected for too long.
Are you at risk?
There are many risk factors that lead to gum disease, which include poor dental hygiene, smoking, diabetes mellitus, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, medications that reduce saliva flow, genetics, crooked teeth, ill-fitting dental fillings, or dental appliances that fit poorly and even compromised immunity from major diseases.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that occurs in the gum pocket. The main cause is plaque, which is a soft sticky film containing billions of bacteria. Toxin from plaque bacteria will damage the gum tissues.
However, the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is preventable. Gingivitis happens when the gum becomes swollen and inflamed from bacterial infection. Left untreated, it progresses to periodontitis or gum disease.
Do your gum health check now
Are you among the 94% of Malaysian adults with gum disease? Visit gumhealthcheck.com for a free online assessment to learn more about the signs and symptoms of gum diseases and use the information to start practising healthy oral habits.
To support the cause, Systema has launched the Systema Gumbatte Towards 1 Million Gum Health Checks campaign, in collaboration with the Malaysian Dental Association.
Aiming to help Malaysians achieve better oral health outcomes, the campaign is in line with the National Oral Health Plan for Malaysia 2011-2020.
Ultimately, it wants to motivate more people to retain 20 of their natural teeth when they are above 60 years old, so they can enjoy better heath expectancy.
Systema Anti-Plaque System
For your at-home solution to combat gum disease, look no further than the Systema Anti-Plaque System, which combines both toothbrush and toothpaste to foster healthy oral health.
The Systema Advance Anti-Plaque toothpaste breaks down plaque and kills 99.9% bacteria in hard-to-reach areas, especially inside gum pockets, while the Systema 0.02mm tapered bristle toothbrushes aid in the physical removal of plaque between teeth, along the gum line and inside gum pockets.