FOCUS: Filippo Graziani, co-ordinator of European Gum Health Day 2017, outlines his vision for the May 12 awareness day
On May 12, the European Federation of Periodontology and its affiliated national societies of periodontology will stage a Europe-wide awareness day for the fourth time.
PEOPLE: The EFP has achieved much over the last year, says Juan Blanco as he stands down as president
The last 12 months have been a busy time for the EFP, which has been very active in a wider range of areas, seeking to put into practice its motto of “periodontal health for a better life.”
EXPERT VIEW: What is the extent of the role played by genetic factors in periodontitis?
While genetic factors are known to play a role in periodontitis, a lot of research still needs to be done to understand the precise mechanisms involved. Indeed, the limited extent to which the genetic factors associated with periodontitis have been identified is “somewhat disappointing”, say Bruno G. Loos and Deon P.M. Chin, from the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam. Here, they outline what is known today and discuss the most promising lines of inquiry.
FOCUS: Journal of Clinical Periodontology publishes Perio Workshop 2016 consensus findings on caries and periodontal diseases
The consensus findings of Perio Workshop 2016, which explored the boundaries between caries and periodontal diseases, have been published in an open-access supplement of the EFP’s scientific publication the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.
FOCUS: Perio Workshop 2016 conclusions reveal factors shared by periodontal diseases and caries and highlight common approaches to prevention
Both caries and periodontal diseases share common genetic, aetiological, and environmental factors, although they follow different trajectories.