EFP Manifesto gains more than 300 signatures – add your name to the list
In recent weeks there has been a marked growth in the number of people signing the EFP Manifesto: Perio and General Health, taking the total around 380.
As of April 14, the total number of signatures stood at 385, made up of 89 institutions and practices, and 296 dental professionals, representing no fewer than 48 countries.
There are signatures from six continents, ranging alphabetically from Argentina to Venezuela and geographically from Australia in the east to the United States in the west. However, the top three countries in terms of the number of signatures are European: Italy (55), the United Kingdom (53), and Spain (43).
Perhaps surprisingly, only 17 of the 29 national periodontal societies that make up the EFP have so far signed the Manifesto.
The EFP Manifesto: Perio and General Health calls upon all dental and health professionals to act in the prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment of perio disease in order to combat the devastating oral- and general-health effects for individuals and society.
The EFP Manifesto is based on the rigorous scientific analysis of the evidence base for reported links between periodontal and systemic diseases which was carried out at the 9th European Workshop in Periodontology.
The workshop, organised by the EFP and the American Academy of Periodontology, was held at La Granja, Spain, in November 2012, declared that periodontal disease should be acknowledged as a major public-health issue and that all dental and medical professionals should be provided with relevant treatment guidelines.
Among the Manifesto’s recommendations are that patients with diabetes should be told that periodontal disease risk is increased by poorly controlled diabetes, and that if they suffer from periodontal disease they are at higher risk of suffering diabetic complications such as cardiovascular and kidney disease.
The Manifesto also says that medical practitioners “should be aware of the emerging and strengthening evidence that periodontitis is a risk factor for developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, advising patients of the risk of periodontal inflammation to general as well as oral health.”
Members of EFP national societies can log in and sign the EFP Manifesto here, while others can sign it here. The Manifesto can also be signed via the EFP Prevention Workshop website.