The financial and human cost of gum disease

In the podcast, Iain Chapple – professor of periodontology at the University of Birmingham (UK) and former EFP secretary general – tells podcast host Bruno de Carvalho how the project arose and highlights the synergies between the scientific perspective provided by periodontists and the economic models used by the EIU analysts.

He explains that one reason why gum disease may still not get the attention it deserves may be that in medical terms the mouth is considered as separate from the body as “doctors train on the rest of the body and the mouth is our domain and therefore they tend not to engage with it at all.”

As a result, mainstream public-health agencies have tended not to regard the mouth as important, although this is now changing, he says, thanks to studies on the global burden of periodontal diseases and increasing awareness on the links between periodontal disease and systemic diseases and premature death.

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