There are many signs that indicate you have gum disease, which unfortunately are often ignored due to lack of awareness. Gum disease has become the main cause of tooth loss in adults.

This is very saddening, considering it’s entirely possible to retain 20 natural teeth even at the age of 80 and beyond. Not only does this give you the confidence to smile, but it also contributes greatly to a better quality of life.

Highly prevalent in Malaysia

Gum disease has overtaken cavities as the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It’s due to poor brushing habits that cause prolonged plaque build-up in between teeth, along the gum lines and in gum pockets.

This can be prevented, but lack of awareness about gum diseases have led to plaque being undetected for too long. Thankfully, with the right steps and tools to effectively remove plaque at hard-to-reach areas, gum disease is preventable and reversible at an early stage.

Achieving healthy gums can be done through brushing your teeth using the right toothbrush and toothpaste at least twice a day as well as visiting the dentist regularly to keep plaque build-up at bay.

If you notice symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding gums or red and swollen gums, seek treatment immediately.

Systema understands the widespread issue of gum disease and launched the Systema Gumbatte Towards 1 Million Gum Health Check Campaign in collaboration with the Malaysian Dental Association to educate and encourage the public to take the first step towards healthy gums by getting their gums checked to alleviate gum disease.

The campaign aims to disseminate information on the importance of keeping good oral care, which includes practising good oral habits, recognising signs and symptoms of gum disease and going for regular dental check-ups.

Systema also used this opportunity to organise free gum health check programmes with participating clinics across the nation, offering free dental check-ups and consultation for everyone. Through this, Systema hopes to raise awareness and educate the community on gum diseases and good oral health care.

Systema is a core brand of the Lion Corporation, Japan, and has an oral care heritage of over 120 years gleaned from working with dental professionals, health policy-makers, scientists and researchers.

Lion Corporation, Japan, has a vision to continue being an advanced daily healthcare company and to lead the innovation in developing products that enrich the health, comfort and cleanliness of its consumers. Its goal in oral health is to empower Malaysians to retain at least 20 natural teeth up to the age of 80 to enjoy a better quality of life.

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The Systema anti-plaque system for home use.

For your gum health check

You may have gum disease if you have any of the following, so visit your dentist as soon as possible:
♦ Gums look red
♦ Bleeding gums when brushing
♦ Gums bleed on their own
♦ Swollen gums
♦ Pus between gums and teeth
♦ Persistant bad breath
♦ Teeth look elongated
♦ Gaps between gums and teeth
♦ Loose teeth
♦ Teeth moving from its original position
♦ Pain when biting
Log on to gumhealthcheck.com for a free online gum assessment and to view the list of participating dental clinics for a free dental check-up.

Systema anti-plaque system 

Your at-home solution to preventing gum disease, the Systema anti-plaque system combines the Systema Advance Anti-Plaque Toothpaste to break down plaque and kill 99.9% bacteria in hard-to-reach areas, especially inside gum pockets, and the Systema 0.02mm tapered bristle toothbrushes to aid in the physical removal of plaque in between teeth, along the gum line and inside gum pockets.

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PR manager Alma Aziz.

PR manager Alma Aziz says: “I didn’t know that my gums are as important as my teeth and gum disease can be the main cause of tooth loss. I have changed to Systema Anti-Plaque Toothpaste. Not only does it help prevent gum problems, but the freshness of clean breath gives me confidence all day.”

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Digital designer Melvin Hoe.

Says digital designer Melvin Hoe: “I didn’t know that bleeding gums is a sign of gum disease. I always thought it was normal to bleed a little during brushing. I just found out that bleeding gums isn’t normal and I need to start paying attention to the way I brush my teeth and the toothbrush I’m using.”

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Homemaker Anuradha Shashikala.

Homemaker Anuradha Shashikala believes in choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste: “I always have good oral hygiene practice but I think choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste is as important. I have been using Systema 0.02mm tapered bristle toothbrush, which is very effective for plaque removal in between teeth and along the gum line. Now with Systema toothpaste, I feel even more complete with my whole mouth feeling clean.”