EFP will hold joint workshop next February with International Diabetes Federation
The SEPA Gum Health Centre, venue for the joint workshop
The EFP is organising a special joint workshop with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) that will explore the links between periodontal disease and diabetes.
The workshop, organised in partnership with Sunstar, will take place on February 19 and 20 at the recently opened SEPA Gum Health Centre in Madrid, next to the headquarters of the Spanish perio society.
There will be a total of 14 participants, seven specialists in periodontology from the EFP and seven diabetes experts from the IDF. They are now gathering the evidence that will be reviewed at the workshop.
For the EFP, Phoebus Madianos (chair, scientific affairs committee), Lior Shapira (deputy chair, scientific affairs committee) and Filippo Graziani (elected member of the executive committee) are preparing background papers that cover three areas that will be explored in detail at the workshop:
1. The biological tendency of an increased propensity to develop diabetes in patients with periodontal disease;
2. The epidemiological evidence;
3. The effect of intervention trials on metabolic parameters.
Mariano Sanz, the chairman of the EFP Perio Workshop is co-ordinating everything from the EFP side, while the IDF co-ordinator is Dr Antonio Ceriello.
The 9th European Workshop in Periodontology, which the EFP held in November 2012, explored the links between periodontal disease and various systemic diseases including diabetes.
It clarified the evidence in key areas about the interrelation between oral and general health, exploring epidemiological association, risk factors, and pathogenic mechanisms.
In addition, the EFP Manifesto “Perio and General Health” is the first formal declaration in international dentistry to condense years of research into the links between periodontal disease and systemic illnesses into an acknowledgement of periodontitis as a major public-health issue.
It is a call to action in terms of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of periodontitis. The EFP encourages all dental-health professionals, as well as members of the wider medical community, to sign the EFP Manifesto.