Dear fellow perio professional,
Welcome to the European Federation of Periodontology – our cherished EFP – and thank you for your support and your interest in the science and practice of periodontology. Prestige, awareness, and visibility of our branch of dentistry is growing fast, partly thanks to you and people like you – dental and health professionals, researchers and patients. Our 30 affiliated national periodontal societies owe you a great part of their success. Thus, all of us at the EFP warmly thank you for your positive feedback. We are well aware that the EFP and periodontology exist to serve the general interest and the public by advancing and disseminating evidence-based science addressed at promoting gum health and tackling gum disease.
As president of the EFP, I feel deeply honoured and thankful to be in the position to build on the outstanding legacy of my predecessors – notably Gernot Wimmer, Juan Blanco, and Søren Jepsen – and to work together with the outstanding members of the executive committee and all the EFP committees. All of us share a strong commitment to pursue the following goals:
- To reinforce the EFP’s role as the world’s leading organisation in periodontology and implant dentistry;
- To highlight the importance of gum health as key factor for overall health and quality of life throughout the entire lifespan, particularly among people aged over 60 years; and
- To receive acknowledgment of periodontology as a governmentally recognised dental speciality in all countries with societies of periodontology that are members of the EFP.
Luckily, there are three major actions that are common to the pursuit of these goals. First, we need to keep on working to make periodontology more attractive to all dental professionals – including specialists, general practitioners, hygienists, dental students, and dental assistants – and also to non-dentistry health professionals. Second, we need to increase awareness of gum and oral health among the entire population in Europe and globally. Finally, we need to continue to encourage top-level clinically relevant research involving all EFP periodontal societies and colleagues from other areas of dentistry and medicine.
As EFP president, it is my duty to ensure we do not lose our focus on these priorities.
We tend to forget that keeping our gums healthy is extremely important for our general wellbeing and aesthetics, and that it therefore substantially influences our quality of life. We need, however, to be aware that preserving gum and oral health cannot not be taken for granted and needs substantial and continuous efforts both from professional organisations and from the population – especially as the preservation of these values becomes more difficult as age advances. Therefore, the promotion of gum health among the over-60s plays a great role in our strategies aimed at preserving general and oral health and quality of life as long as possible during the entire lifespan. The EFP can play a decisive, cost-effective role in promoting periodontal and oral health to the public in general, and to this steadily increasing part of the population in particular.
The EFP’s role and responsibility at the forefront of the international scene are bigger than ever. In recent years, the EFP has succeeded in becoming not only the most influential periodontal organisation in the world, but also one of the most prestigious global dental organisations. Personally, I am committed to reinforcing that global leadership by increasing our impact in Asia and Latin America, by strengthening our collaboration with fellow specialists all over the world, by supporting the growing impact of EuroPerio and European Gum Health Day, by boosting the international circulation of our publications, and by working together with global players. The EFP has the vision of periodontal health for a better life, and we are happy to share it with everybody interested. So, I invite you to help us to disseminate this vision. I am convinced that, together, we can attain it!
President of the EFP