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Approaching the end of year 2022, it is time for reflection and the traditional season’s greetings message from the EFP president.
Entering 2022, we were all optimistic that we would exit two years of the Covid-19 pandemic and go back to normality. However, we got another unthinkable challenge: an armed conflict in Europe. The EFP acted swiftly, partnered with WHO Foundation, and organised a donation campaign to help with the humanitarian crisis. This is the spirit of the EFP, putting differences and special interests that divide us aside, and instead working together on our common goals and interests.
During EuroPerio10 we all lived this feeling of belonging to one community - the periodontal community - in my hometown Copenhagen. We were all excited by the superb scientific programme, the debates, the updates, the live surgeries… and by the ABBAs! Beyond all, we were happy to experience all this together. We had the chance to meet colleagues and old friends, and make new friends; to meet old mentors or find the one for the future; to find a new partner to work with or the one in life. Indeed, we have so much more connecting us than what separates us!
Entering 2023 with optimism, prepare yourself for a lot of EFP action. In March, Perio Master Clinic 2023 in Antwerp, Belgium, will explore the synergies between periodontology and orthodontics. In May, International Perio Master Clinic 2023 will take place in León, Mexico, and will revisit the hard- and soft-tissue aesthetic reconstructions around teeth and implants. Finally, this year, our Gum Health Day 2023 will promote gum health as a lifestyle.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our 37 member societies, and our partners, for all of your support in promoting the EFP, and periodontal health at large.
I wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year 2023!