based on data from the National Oral Health Survey of Adults 2010..
a soft sticky film containing billions of bacteria.
When plaque builds up between teeth,
along the gum line and inside gum pockets,
the harmful substance caused by bacteria build up
will damage the gum tissue.
on 450 Malaysian adults showed 80% of respondents
had at least one visible sign or symptom of gum disease,
the most common being bleeding and swollen gums,
but only 1% realised that they have gum disease (Project Katsu 2017).
Research studies show corelations between gum disease
and general health including heart disease, stroke,
diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis,and most recently Alzheimer’s disease
and treatment of gum disease can change the oral disease continuum,
a means to address the cumulative public health burden.
the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH),
and the Malaysian Dental Association (MDA)
on a Corporate Social Responsibility campaign
to help the public Gumbatte Towards Healthy Gums and Teeth,
continuing and increasing its collaborative efforts of previous years.
The campaign aims to educate Malaysians and continue to
uplift their oral care practices,
working towards better gum health for all
by reaching more than 2 million people
with fact-based and research-supported oral health information
and free dental check-up to gradually reduce gum disease
among adults by identifying and preventing oral health problems
like gum disease before they become more serious.
The holistic CSR campaign includes
the contribution of 10,000 trial size Systema toothpaste
for the public, 9,000 full-sized Systema toothpastes for oral health frontliners,
an interactive website www.gumhealthcheck.com,
and a free gum health check assessment tool,
free dental checks-up via participating MDA member clinics
engaging educational and awareness raising activities on social media
and deeply discounted Systema products
to bring quality oral health products within everyone’s reach.
A social media campaign featuring influencers and users
encouraging everyone to Gumbatte Towards Healthy Gums and Teeth
will support the campaign from April 1st to April 30th, 2021.
Gum disease is highly prevalent, yet preventable.
There is a serious lack of awareness of gum disease
and its potential to impact quality of life,
and its link to other major diseases as well.
Collectively we need to help the nation improve its gum health
to reduce the cumulative public health burden.
Research studies show corelations between gum disease and heart disease and diabetes
If early detection and treatment of gum disease can help to lower corelations
of these life-threatening diseases, w
e should explore it.
Diabetes and heart disease are also known co-morbidities for COVID-19
Malaysians need to recognise the signs and symptoms of gum disease
so that they know when something is wrong and can seek help.
educational materials, online and in-clinic dental check-ups,
social media support and services to aid the public at this time
when public dental clinics are stretched.
This campaign can help the Oral Health Programme,
MOH to educate more people on the critical need for better gum care and oral health,
equip them with products,
and channel them to free dental health check-ups for assessment.
Principal Director of Oral Health Ministry of Health (MOH),
Dental Public Health Specialist, Dr Noormi binti Othman (LEFT)
and Director of Oral Health Policy & Strategic Planning Division MOH,
Dental Public Health Specialist, Dr Chia Jit Chie (RIGHT)
accepting the 10,000 trial size and 9,000 full sized Systema toothpaste
on behalf of the public and MOH frontliner.
but now it is time to refocus on important issues such as gum health again.
Healthy gums and teeth are vital for better quality of life,
so let’s ‘Gumbatte’!
Systema can help by making more people aware of
the signs and symptoms of gum disease,
that it can often be reversed during early stages
by simply brushing teeth and gums twice a day,”said Ms Foo.
that can be used to assess its effectiveness
across the public and front liners,
providing data on what works so that
we can provide more targeted support in future
to improve oral health outcomes.
Tens of thousands of people can do online gum health assessments,
and those who require can have free dental check-ups via MDA member clinics.
The Systema Gumbatte campaign in 2019 resulted in
almost 50,000 people taking the online gum health check,
and more than 10,000 visits to participating MDA member clinics
for free dental check-ups.,” Ms Foo explained.
Kuala Lumpur Dental Clinic.
Honorary General Secretary,
Malaysian Dental Association (MDA).
and 0.02mm super tapered bristles toothbrush for a complete oral routine.