The Prevention Workshop
Effective prevention of periodontal and peri-implant diseases
9-12 November 2014
The 11th European Workshop in Periodontology took place over four days in November 2014 in the quiet mountain village of La Granja de San Ildefonso, near Segovia, in Spain.
Its focus was the prevention of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, and its over 75 participants – leading international experts in oral-health science, research, protocols and products – worked in four working groups discussing systematic reviews of relevant recent studies, raising and answering questions based on this evidence, and finally producing conclusions to direct approaches in oral hygiene for all professionals in the dental and medical community.
In fact, the eventual conclusions signed off by the chairmen of the four working groups called for the messages of the 11th Workshop to be included in a public health campaign to halt the increase in conditions such as peri-implantitis, which is shown to have increased alarmingly in recent years among patients with dental implants.
The leaders of the Workshop predict a strong and lasting impact from the guidelines it has produced, all of which were published in April 15 in a special supplement of the peridontal science publication, the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.
The 11th Workshop chairman and main organiser, Spanish periodontologist Professor Mariano Sanz, said he was satisfied that the project had fulfilled its purpose.
“Both caries and periodontitis are the most important diseases of mankind in terms of frequency and prevalence,” he stated. “It is important that we understand that these diseases can be prevented very easily but if they develop and become severe it really poses a risk for the health of the patient.”
“We need to customise the prevention measures for each specific patient, and we need to understand what the patient risk profile is in order to provide instructions.”