IX European Workshop on Periodontology
Periodontitis and Systemic Diseases
11-14 November 2012
The 9th European Workshop in Periodontology: “Periodontitis and Systemic Diseases” took place from November 11 to 14, 2012 and involved over 90 of the world’s leading dental experts in an intense scientific review process of evidence linking oral diseases to general illnesses in three study areas: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy.
This event was major in more ways than one: it was the first specific gathering to bring together members of both the European Federation of Periodontology and the American Academy of Periodontology, and was jointly organised by these two prestigious dental organisations. But beyond conquering logistical difficulties (and even a general strike by Spanish workers on the last day of the Workshop), the matters under such careful scrutiny by the Workshop’s three working groups have great transcendence for the medical community as a whole and for public health.
Held in the sumptuous historic surroundings of La Granja de San Ildefonso, a tiny Spanish town outside Segovia which lives up to its grand-sounding name and boasts a Royal Palace set amongst chocolate box street views, the three working groups – DIABETES; CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE; ADVERSE PREGNANCY OUTCOMES – gathered early each morning to pore over the many papers and studies which have confirmed associations between periodontitis and the systemic illnesses.
As part of a careful process involving long and taxing sessions of debate and analysis, these scientists worked towards the creation of consensus reports on each subtopic. Their work sought to establish to sort and clarify evidence in the key areas of the interrelation between oral and general health: epidemiological association, risk factors, pathogenic mechanisms, and greater health implications.
These conclusions were published in 2013 in special editions of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (EFP) and the Journal of Periodontology (AAP).
The importance of the themes under scrutiny at this Workshop has given rise to a comprehensive and carefully monitored communication strategy to create widespread awareness of its aims and conclusions.
A documentary video was filmed during the three days in La Granja, and was given an international presentation on March 15 at the EFP General Assembly in Jerusalem. It features interviews with experts and chairmen of the Workshop working groups as they explain the extent of current research, the way to move forward in future investigation, and what recommendations the periodontal community has for dentistry and the medical community as a whole.
An ongoing media campaign was co-ordinated and executed by the EFP’s own communications team and a top European press agency with years of experience in the medical field.