A total of 750 individuals and institutions from 65 countries have now signed the EFP Manifesto “Perio and General Health" – an increase of more than 60% since the end of January.
The EFP Manifesto is a call to action in terms of prevention, early detection and treatment of periodontitis.
Based on the conclusions of the 9th European Workshop in Periodontology, it is the first formal declaration in international dentistry to condense years of research into the links between periodontal disease and systemic illnesses into an acknowledgement of periodontitis as a major public health issue.
The EFP invites individuals together with companies and institutions involved in health care to sign the manifesto and join a growing community of professionals and experts who want a fundamental shift in the perception of dental professionals’ responsibilities.
As of August 18, the manifesto has attracted 750 signatories – 559 individuals and 191 companies and institutions. That represents a rise of 294 signatures since the end of January when the total stood at 456 – an increase of 64 per cent.
Many EFP-affiliated national societies promoted the Manifesto as part of their activities for European Gum Health Day on May 12.
In terms of geography, Italy is the country with most signatories, with a total of 151 (116 individuals and 35 companies and institutions), followed by the United Kingdom with 76, Spain with 51, and Portugal with 43.
While most signatories are based in Europe, the Manifesto has attracted support from six continents and a total of 65 countries. The list includes the USA, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, India, Malaysia, and Nepal.