Turkish perio society drives home message about periodontal and general health at annual congress and in media activities
Turkish Society of Periodontology board members at the annual congress
The Turkish Society of Periodontology has stepped up its activities to promote awareness of periodontal disease and its links with systemic diseases and general health.
The society celebrated its 46th scientific congress on May 5 and 6, at which the keynote lecture was given by EFP secretary general Iain Chapple who discussed the links between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases under the heading “Time to put the mouth back into the body”.
The lecture was illustrated with striking animation videos and followed by a half-hour discussion of the issues raised.
Other speakers at the congress, which was held in Izmir, included Lior Shapira, the newly appointed deputy chairman of the EFP’s Scientific Affairs Committee, whose lecture was entitled “Digital-implant dentistry: from implants to bone augmentation”.
Other speakers included Can Ceylan and Pelin Güneri (“Dermodental approaches to oral mucosal diseases”), Onur Ozcelik (“Treatment of isolated gingival recessions, assessment of the most effective technique with the minimum morbidity”), and Erhan Comlekoglu (“A new dimension in pink and white aesthetics”).
In her opening address to the congress, Bahar Eren Kuru, the departing president of the Turkish Society of Periodontology, emphasised both the 25th anniversary of the EFP and the Turkish society’s active involvement in the European Day of Periodontology on May 12.
At the Turkish society’s general assembly on the second day of the congress, Kuru handed over the presidency to Şule Bulut and was chosen to be the society’s new EFP delegate.
“I believe we hit the target accordingly for giving the exact message to the participants for the awareness of the responsibility concerning the education of the patients and the public as well as the medical doctors,” said Prof Kuru. “For global awareness I believe we have to educate the periodontists first and then comes the other target populations.”
The Turkish Society of Periodontology, which will next year host the second EFP Perio Master Clinic in Istanbul, has been working with the Ministry of Health to develop a policy for primary prevention of periodontal diseases and other oral-health problems.
In this work, it has stressed the importance of periodontal health to general health and the links between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases.
According to Kuru: “The board of our society has been working intensively on a communication strategy to reach periodontists, dentists, medical doctors, professional societies and the public with the right message in the right way to improve the awareness of the facts that dental and periodontal diseases have an important effect on systemic health and well-being.”
The society has sought to spread the message through its own website, through its contacts at the Ministry of Health, through collaboration with other medical societies, and through a sustained effort to gain media coverage.
Coinciding with the annual congress, the society’s general secretary Seyhan Gucum was interviewed on an Ankara television channel on the importance of periodontal health to systemic health.
The Turkish perio society is now working with the Ministry of Health on preparing a short film for national television about how maintaining oral health plays an important role in systemic and general health.
Kuru noted that the society had used EFP-produced communication tools to support its efforts and to help “deliver a common, consistent message”.