Gum Health Day 2019 on May 12 is set to be the EFP’s biggest awareness day ever, with activities being planned in 45 countries, under the slogan "Healthy gums, beautiful smile". The EFP has published a three-part guide to the activities planned, listing countries in alphabetical order.
Part 1: Argentina-Hungary
Part 2: Ireland-Portugal
Part 3: Romania-Venezuela
The latest promotional video for Gum Health Day 2019 features periodontal experts talking about how good gum health can make people happier and feel more confident in their daily lives.
One of the key elements of the EFP tooklit on the new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions is the "decision tree" for assessing the stages and grades of periodontitis. Created by Maurizio Tonetti and Mariano Sanz, the eight-page document takes the clinician through the four steps involved in the process. Professors Tonetti and Sanz have also published an article in the Journal of Clinical Peridontology explaining the process behind the creation of the decision tree and the use of decision-making algorithms for clinical practice and education.
Lior Shapira, elected member of the EFP executive committee and co-ordinator of Gum Health Day 2019, gave a presentation about the federation at the ADEE/ADEA “Shaping the Future of Dental Education” conference in Brescia, Italy. Prof Shapira's presentation – “European Federation of Periodontology: It’s all about networking” – explained how the EFP creates effective networks with its various “stakeholders”.
A recent article in the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology on research into the effect of an anti-inflammatory diet on gingivitis has attracted significant media interest, including a report in the New York Times, headed “A Diet to Ward Off Gum Disease”. The research suggested that people who eat an “anti-inflammatory diet” rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish are less likely to have gingivitis.
The latest issue of the EFP research summary JCP Digest (the first issue of the 2019 series) provides insight into rival techniques for recession coverage using the modified coronally advanced tunnel technique (MCAT): the subepithelial connective-tissue graft (SCTG) and the xenogeneic collagen matrix (CM).
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