Phoebus Madianos takes part in SEPA online seminar on periodontal and systemic health
David Herrera (left) and Phoebus Madianos at the SEPA seminar
Phoebus Madianos, chair of the EFP’s scientific affairs committee and a former president of the federation, took part in an online seminar organised by the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA) on December 14.
The topic of the 90-minute seminar was “the systemic benefits of periodontal health” and featured a detailed presentation by Prof Madianos and Prof David Herrera, the EFP delegate to SEPA.
The seminar, which was transmitted live via streaming media from the Spanish perio society’s Casa de las Encias (the SEPA Gum Health Centre), was viewed by people in more than 20 countries in Europe and Latin America.
The two presenters focused the seminar around the content of the latest edition of SEPA’s scientific magazine Periodoncia Clínica (Clinical Periodontology), which is now published in English as well as Spanish. This issue was dedicated entirely to the links between periodontal health and systemic health and drew heavily upon the consensus findings of the 2012 EFP-hosted IX European Workshop in Periodontology on periodontitis and systemic diseases, which was mentioned repeatedly during the seminar.
Profs Madianos and Herrera explained the latest research about the links between periodontal disease and diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy complications, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, and erectile dysfunction.
Introducing the seminar, SEPA president Adrián Guerrero said: “Periodontal diseases are very important for their consequences which affect not only the mouth but also quality of life and general health.” He added that the impact of periodontitis on such important diseases as diabetes and cardiovascular disease “means that periodontal health has become a critical element for maintaining general health.”
Prof Herrera said: “We have to increase the understanding between dental professionals, based on the actual evidence, so that their work and their efforts to promote oral health can generate benefits for their patients that go beyond the mouth and potentially improve their quality of life.”
Prof Madianos emphasised that dentists should play an active role in controlling the modifiable risk factors that affect both periodontitis and other systemic diseases (through means such as programmes of smoking cessation and advice on lifestyle changes).
They concluded their presentation with a call to action, saying that the available information about the links between periodontal and systemic diseases needed to be used for the benefit of patients and the general population.