February has been designated ‘Gum Disease Awareness Month’ in a national and global effort to raise public awareness of gum disease.
The awareness campaign has already partially launched in Australia with an event in Brisbane on 7 February. A second event is planned for this Thursday 13 February on the Sunshine Coast.
The event will be open to all clinical health professionals and is aiming to educate frontline health professionals about what is involved in gum disease, indicators for diagnosis, and what options for therapy are available.
The Australian arm of the awareness campaign is being coordinated by Dr Christopher Barker, a Queensland-based periodontist, to highlight the prevalence of gum disease and the consequences if left untreated.
The awareness campaign aims to encourage patients to take an active role in better oral health through prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
“This is the first event ever with the sole aim to educate not just dentists, but other clinical health professionals about the impact of this disease in Australia,” Dr Barker said.
Education and prevention are vital to stopping gum disease and Fight Gum Disease Australia is at the forefront of the education process.