Dutch society’s autumn congress put spotlight on prevention of periodontal diseases and new guidelines on peri-implantitis
NVvP Autumn congress
The NVvP, the periodontology society of the Netherlands, held its autumn congress on November 27 with the focus very much on the conclusions agreed by the EFP Prevention Workshop.
The Perio Up To Date congress, held at the CineMec in the central town of Ede, started with the society’s general meeting, which was followed by a lecture from Dr Jeanie Suvan (UCL Eastman Dental Institute, UK) on the principles of prevention of periodontal diseases, which highlighted some of the Workshop’s key findings.
Roberto Farina (University of Ferrara, Italy) spoke about managing halitosis and professional mechanical plaque removal in the secondary prevention of periodontitis. His presentation discussed two of the systemic reviews carried out at the Prevention Workshop on: the adjunctive effect of dentifrices and mouthwashes in the management of halitosis, and the long-term impact of routine professional mechanical plaque removal on tooth survival and periodontal parameters in patients treated for periodontitis.
Philip Preshaw (University of Newcastle, UK) gave a presentation about the consequences of traumatic toothbrushing and the management of hypersensitivity. He explained how toothbrushing that causes trauma has been associated with the development of gingival recession and non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs), which in turn can lead to exposed root surfaces and the development of dentine hypersensitivity.
Research graduate Jan Derks (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) spoke about epidemiology and risk factors of peri-implant diseases. As well as discussing the systematic reviews carried out at the Prevention Workshop, Dr Derks also presented results from a large nationwide cross-sectional study that was carried out recently in Sweden.
The final presentation in the congress’s main programme was by Prof Giovanni Salvi (University of Bern, Switzerland), who assessed the efficacy of patient- and professionally administered plaque-control protocols in the management of peri-implant mucositis. Prof Salvi noted that adjunctive therapy (such as antiseptics, antibiotics, and air-abrasive devices) failed to produce beneficial effects compared to professionally administered plaque removal alone.
Alongside the main programme, there was a parallel programme devoted to peri-implantitis and new guidelines developed by the NVvP and the NVOI, the Dutch society of implantology. The programme included presentations on prevention guidelines, new developments on the use of antibiotics in periodontal treatment, the maintenance protocol for dental implants, toothbrushing, and oral-hygiene instruction and professional cleaning of dental implants.
The congress, which was attended by 460 people, also included the presentation of the NVvP-Oral-B Prevention Award to Dr Dagmar Else Slot, who received her PhD in April 2015 and has 77 publications to her name. The award is given every two years to an oral hygienist in the Netherlands who has shown exceptional commitment to the profession.
“The lectures in the main programme were based on the most recent consensus workshops of the EFP,” said NVvP president Monique Danser. “In one day the dental professional was able to listen to the state-of-the-art knowledge. With the parallel programme, peri-implantitis is a hot topic, so the new guidelines are useful for all dental professionals.”
Summing up the whole event, Dr Danser said: “Top scientists gave us an update on the very important topic of prevention of periodontal diseases. I was able to start implementing the guidelines for the treatment of peri-implantitis and the maintenance protocol in my practice on the following Monday.”