Welcome to the EFP from the Past President:
I would like to welcome you to the European Federation of Periodontology, a world-leading dental association which represents 29 national societies of periodontology in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
2016 is a special year for the EFP as we will celebrate our 25th anniversary. We have a lot to look back on with pride – the success of the EuroPerio congresses (last year’s EuroPerio8 in London was attended by nearly 10,000 people), our highly regarded scientific publication the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, our accredited programme for postgraduate education now active in 12 universities and training centres, and our European Workshop on Periodontology which has led the way in creating scientific consensus on key issues in periodontology and implant dentistry.
In 2015, we released the far-reaching conclusions and guidelines from the EFP Prevention Workshop, whose dissemination will go a long way to helping to improve the health of European citizens. We have now launched a large-scale public-awareness campaign – “Periodontal Health for a Better Life” – through which the EFP together with the national societies can play a crucial role in letting people know that periodontitis is widespread, that it can be prevented, and that it can be treated, especially when detected early.
But we also have to let them know that, in its severe form, periodontal disease can become a serious threat not only to oral health but also to patients’ general health and well-being. The films Oral Health and Systemic Health: The interlink between Periodontitis and Diabetesand The Sound of Periodontitis – which we have made freely available on our website – will help to communicate these messages.
Earlier this year we started to circulate the Perio Focus Green Paper on the impact of the global burden of periodontal disease on the oral health, well-being, and nutrition of humankind. This is a global “call for action” which is being endorsed by periodontal societies across the world.
In recent months, we have stepped up our activity in promoting the importance of periodontal health with high-level meetings with members of the European Parliament and with the World Health Organization. As one of our recent videos shows, more and more people are getting the message that ‘Gum Health Matters’. We have also become an active member of the Chrodis joint action on chronic disease and the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe.
Looking ahead, on May 12 we will celebrate the European Day of Periodontology and some very interesting publicity campaigns and other activities are being planned in various countries.
In November, the latest edition of the European Workshop on Periodontology will focus on the relationship between periodontal disease and caries and we are involved in intensive preparations for a joint EFP-AAP World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases in 2017. This workshop provides a great opportunity to deepen our relationship with the AAP through scientific dialogue and it will have a global impact.
We are also busy preparing for the March 2017 Master Clinic in Istanbul, devoted to the topic of peri-implantitis, and are looking ahead to EuroPerio9, which takes place in Amsterdam in June 2018.
I wish to thank all board members of the EFP, the committees, and the media team for their dedicated service, and our partners (Dentaid, Johnson & Johnson, Oral-B, and Sunstar) for their support.
Finally, I would urge you to take the time to read the EFP Manifesto: Perio and General Health and to sign it.
With best wishes,
Prof. Søren Jepsen,
Past President of the European Federation of Periodontology