9 January 2015

EFP video explores links and 'vital connections' between perio and general health

Categories: Science

EFP video explores links and 'vital connections' between perio and general health

Research increasingly shows links between periodontal disease and systemic illnesses, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, myocardial infraction (stroke), and complications in pregnancy.

The impact of such research is “to change the role of the periodontist,” says Thomas Van Dyke, chairman of the department of Applied Oral Sciences at Boston’s Forsyth Institute, who adds that not enough emphasis is being placed on oral care as part of general medical care.

The EFP video Perio and General Health: The Vital Connections explores these links and discusses what needs to be done to improve integration between periodontal care and general health care.

The dentist is often the first health professional to see patients and thus can potentially play an important role in screening them for other illnesses. At the same time, general practitioners could check if their patients are suffering from gingival inflammation and, where appropriate, recommend a dental check-up.

These points are related to the EFP Manifesto you or your organization can adhere to, by signing here, if you feel that those ideas deserve a better public and professional recognition.

The video features periodontal specialists including Maurizio Tonetti, executive director of the European Research Group on Periodontology, Niklaus Lang, editor of Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry, and Mariano Sanz, professor of periodontology at the Complutense University in Madrid.

To watch the abridged version of this video, click here. To see the full-fledged one, press here. In addition, by clicking here you can access to the EFP channel In YouTube and see other EFP-generated videos on EuroPerio8 and the EFP.

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