Authors Of Nutrition And Periodontitis Green Paper Invite Comments

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CHICAGO, January 26, 2016 — An international group of leading periodontologists, including two EFP senior officers, has issued a call for action to create a new global consensus around periodontology and its impact on health. Comments from national perio societies and dentistry bodies are now invited on their co-authored ‘Perio Focus green paper’, which highlights prevention, diagnosis and treatment as three areas for action.


Entitled Impact of the global burden of periodontal disease on oral health, wellbeing and nutrition of mankind, the green paper was written by Maurizio Tonetti (Journal of Clinical Periodontology editor and EFP member) and Søren Jepsen (EFP president), together with Li-Jian Jin (councillor of the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology (APSP)) and Joan Otomo-Corgel (immediate past president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)).

The document highlights three areas for action: prevention, diagnosis and treatment. A full outline of these can be found within the green paper (link: It states that periodontology is “supported by a strong and coherent body of evidence that allows identification of appropriate preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to manage the enormous burden of disease represented by periodontitis [and] its health, wellbeing, social, and economic consequences.” It also notes that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that severe periodontitis is the sixth most prevalent disease worldwide, affecting more than 750 million people and imposing significant healthcare and socio-economic costs.

Comment is invited from individual periodontologists, general dentists, oral-health professionals, national periodontal societies, dentistry-related bodies, patient groups, medical professionals and other relevant third parties from across the globe. EFP-affiliated national societies and their individual members are encouraged to read the green paper and to provide comments and suggest changes.

Contributions should be sent to before 16 February 2016, indicating the name and country of the contributing person or national perio society. Contributions should state clearly the paragraph and sentence where additions, amendments or deletions are proposed. All comments will be considered and carefully assessed by the paper’s primary authors, who will decide upon their inclusion in the final document. An appendix will be published online which will include all submissions.

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