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Last chance to submit abstracts for Italian orthodontic society congress

The September 6 deadline for submitting abstracts to the Italian Society of Orthodontics (SIDO) for presentations at its annual conference is fast approaching.

All members of periodontology societies affiliated to the EFP are invited to submit abstracts for oral and e-poster presntations at the 46th SIDO International Congress, which takes place in Milan at the end of October and is being organised in collaboration with the Italian Society of Periodontology and Implantology (SIdP). 

The topics for oral presentations are: interdisciplinary orthodontics and periodontology in children, interdisciplinary orthodontics and periodontology in adults, orthodontic–periodontal treatment, and Implant-orthodontic treatment.

The topics for e-posters are: orthodontic–periodontal treatment, implant-orthodontic treatment; interdisciplinary orthodontics in children (a session reserved for dental hygienists), and interdisciplinary orthodontics in adults (also for dental hygienists).

There are also “free topics” in both formats.

Authors who are interested in giving an oral presentation (of a maximum of 10 minutes) are invited to follow the guidelines on the congress website. They should note that the title cannot exceed 200 characters while the text must be of a maximum of 2,500 characters (in both cases, including spaces). Abstract texts should include the following headings: 1) aims, 2) materials and methods, 3) results, and 4) conclusions.

The guidelines for submitting e-poster abstracts are slightly different. While there may be a maximum of three authors for oral presentations, in the case of e-posters, there can be up to five. Again, the title must not exceed 200 characters, but the abstract text should be of no more than 1,500 characters.

The 46th SIDO International Congress will be held at Fiera Milano Congressi – MiCo North in Milan from October 29 to 31, devoted to the subject of interdisciplinary orthodontics in children and adults.

On Friday, October 30, the focus is on ‘Lifelong integrated orthodontic and periodontal care’, in which speakers include EFP president Sören Jepsen, who will talk about periodontal health, risk factors and prevention, and European Workshop in Periodontology chairman Mariano Sanz, who will give a presentation about whether orthodontic therapy is recommended for patients with severe periodontitis.

On Saturday, October 31, the theme is ‘Complex orthodontic-periodontal patients’ and presentations will explore the risks and benefits of aesthetic and occlusal treatment of patients with severe periodontitis.

Both courses are aimed at orthodontists, periodontists, general dentists, and dental hygienists. Find here full details of the event in Italian and English.

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Anti-smoking counselling in dental-practice setting is effective, concludes systematic research review

Dentists and periodontists can play an important role in encouraging their patients to stop smoking, according to a systematic review of research, published in the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

The review, carried out by Christoph Ramseier (University of Bern, Switzerland) and Jean Suvan (UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London) found that brief interventions for behaviour-change counselling for tobacco-use cessation were effective when applied in the setting of the dental practice.

In contrast, the evidence for the positive effect of counselling on diet or healthy lifestyles was “limited or non-existent”.

Ramseier and Suvan posed the question “What is the efficacy of health behaviour change interventions/counselling provided in the dental setting in adults?”

The authors analysed seven systematic reviews and investigated five unhealthy lifestyles related to periodontal diseases: tobacco use, unhealthy diets, the harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, and stress.

Their paper, ‘Behaviour change counselling for tobacco use cessation and promotion of healthy lifestyles: a systematic review’, concluded: “While aiming to improve periodontal treatment outcomes and the maintenance of periodontal health current evidence suggests that tobacco use brief interventions conducted in the dental practice setting were effective thus underlining the rational for behavioural support.”

The paper by Ramseier and Suvan was published in the special issue of the JCP which was dedicated to the findings of the EFP Prevention Workshop or XI European Workshop in Periodontology whose theme was the effective prevention of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.

The individual paper and the entire special issue (Volume 42, Issue Supplement S16) are available to download in PDF format free of charge.

More information about the conclusions of the EFP Prevention Workshop held in La Granja, Spain, in November 2014, is available at the EFP’s new special website - prevention.efp.org - which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble.

Dr. Christoph Ramseier, who teaches periodontology at the University of Bern, is also the founder and president of the Swiss task force “Smoking – Intervention in dental practices” and the global Oral Health Network on Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (OHNTPC).

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Van Dyke
Top German university awards honorary doctorate to Thomas Van Dyke from the Forsyth Institute

The University of Giessen in Germany has awarded an honorary doctorate to Prof. Dr. Thomas Van Dyke, chair of the Department of Applied Oral Health Sciences at the Forsyth Institute (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Van Dyke is a pioneer in research on the links between periodontitis and cardiovascular diseases, where he has demonstrated the impact and effect of orally administered resolvins on the formation and structure of atheromatous plaques in the vessels.

This is the first time in more than 20 years that the University of Giessen, has awarded an honorary doctorate in dentistry.

The application for the honorary doctorate was submitted to the faculty of medicine by Prof. Dr. Joerg Meyle, director of the Department of Periodontology and EFP treasurer.

Two external reviewers gave their opinions based on Van Dyke’s scientific work and curriculum vitae, before the proposal was accepted by the Medical Faculty.

Thomas Van Dyke, who is also vice president of clinical and translational research, and a lecturer in oral medicine, infection, and immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, has a close relationship with Germany. During the 1970s he worked as a dentist in the US army based at Bad Tölz in Bavaria.

“The relationship of periodontitis to cardiovascular diseases is becoming compelling,” Dr. Van Dyke told Inside Dentistry magazine in an interview. “Emerging data suggest that dental care can impact the outcome of systemic disease and general well-being.”

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