…but how can you apply this to your dental practice?
Colgate took a step towards answering this question at the recent FDI World Dental Congress in Madrid. In a symposium entitled Fit 4 Oral Prevention – From Consensus Guidelines to Clinical Practice Implementation experts explained their vision of how to translate the current state of knowledge on the link between the two diseases into effective management plans in clinical settings.
Paul Brocklehurst who is Professor of the North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health, UK, focused on the importance of evidence-based guidelines and explored the challenges of translating those into practice.
David Herrera, Professor of Periodontology at the Complutense University of Madrid, described how new guidelines were developed as a result of a joint workshop of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the European Organisation of Caries Research (ORCA) held in November 2016.
The 300 symposium attendees were also able to learn about the proposed approach for implementing these guidelines into practice and see the communication materials tailored for dental and medical professionals, patients, and even the general public, as presented by Professor Mariano Sanz, Complutense University of Madrid.
“This collaborative approach between EFP and Colgate has the potential to bring a step-change in improving dental care. We now understand how caries and periodontal disease are linked, and what can be done to prevent them, but the next step is to put that knowledge into everyday practice.”
Professor Mariano Sanz, Complutense University of Madrid and EFP workshop committee chair.
“We strongly support an evidence-based approach to guide clinical decision making, and are very proud to support the EFP in translating these guidelines into a programme that can be put into practice. Our next step is to partner with EFP to promote the communication materials and provide on-going support to drive the adoption of these guidelines in the office. We are confident that this will help to ultimately improve oral health across Europe.”
Irina Laura Chivu-Garip, Senior Scientific Project Manager at Colgate
Stay tuned for more information and communication materials to be published here!
More about the European Workshop in Periodontology.