German perio society’s annual meeting brings together record number of participants
Panel discussion at DG PARO annual meeting
The German society of periodontology (DG PARO) held its annual meeting from September 15 to 17 in Würzburg under the title ‘Periodontology in Focus’.
The event, which included both the main symposium programme and a “team day” for dentists and dental auxiliaries, was attended by about 1,000 people, a record number for an event organised by the society.
The meeting heard that the prevalence of periodontitis in Germany has fallen over the last 10 years. However, many patients still require therapy and peri-implantitis is a big challenge for the future.
Presentations on Friday 16 September included: ‘Epidemiology: do we tackle periodontitis?’ by Thomas Hoffmann (Dresden), ‘Epidemiology: do we tackle peri-implantitis?’ by Jan Derks (Gothenburg, Sweden) and ‘Aetiology: oral bacteria friend or foe’ by Hans-Curt Flemming (Duisburg) and George Hajishengallis (Philidelphia, USA).
The other presentations on Friday were ‘Diagnosis: without diagnosis, no therapy’ by Bettina Dannewitz (Weilburg/Frankfurt) and Denis Kinane (Philadelphia, USA) and ‘Anti-infective therapy’ by Gregor Petersilka and Ulrich Schlagenhauf (Würzburg), together with EFP treasurer Jörg Meyle (Giessen).
On Saturday 17 September, there was a panel discussion on dental care and its relation to science and economic factors, which involved representatives of DG PARO, national and regional dental chambers, dental practitioners and the insurance sector.
This was followed by three presentations covering regenerative therapy. Heinz Topoll (Münster) spoke about intarbony defects, Peter Eickholz (Frankfurt) about furcation defects, and Filippo Graziani (Pisa, Italy) about suprabony defects.
Finally, Clemens Walter (Basel, Switzerland) and Stefan Fickl (Würzburg) addressed the topic of ‘Resective therapy: if regeneration does not work.’
The meeting was chaired by Bettina Dannewitz, who works in private practice in Weilburg and at the University of Frankfurt, and Ulrich Schlagenhauf, a professor at the University of Würzburg.
The symposium was sponsored by Straumann, Oral-B, CP GABA, Sunstar, Dentsply, and Dentsply Sirona Implant, while the team day was supported by EMS.
Before the presentations began, on Thursday 15 September, the meeting chose new board members. Dr Bettina Dannewitz (former secretary general) was elected president-elect, Prof Holger Jentsch was elected secretary general, and Prof Henric Dommisch and Dr Lisa Hierse were elected board members. Prof Cristoph Dörfer (University of Kiel) is the society’s president, having taken over from Prof Peter Eickholz.
The event also involved a five-kilometre run on the Saturday morning to promote the concept of “healthy teeth in a healthy body.”
“The DG PARO annual meeting 2016 in Würzburg: Beautiful city, excellent speakers, more participants than ever at a meeting organised exclusively by DG PARO,” said Prof Eickholz.