Universal Children’s Day
The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 to promote international togetherness, raise awareness among children worldwide and improve children’s welfare. This special day is celebrated on the 20th November every year.
Establishing good tooth cleaning in childhood will help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease in the future. As part of this year’s Gum Health Awareness Day campaign, the BSP focused on raising awareness of the importance of gum health in childhood.
Our campaign ‘A lifetime of smiling’ reinforced the message that it is never too early to develop good oral health habits.
We have produced a range of educational materials that are available on our website as pdf downloads: https://www.bsperio.org.uk/patients/gumhealthday2018/index.html
We will also continue to distribute the printed versions at the various conferences and events attended by the BSP during the year. The infographics are designed for children, parents and carers, dental professionals and healthcare professionals.
20 November 2018
Recent News stories
The EFP has today launched their Perio & Diabetes project. This is an exciting collaboration with Sunstar and an ambitious project to promote awareness of the important links between periodontal diseases and diabetes. For more information click here to read the latest press release.
The European Federation of Periodontology will launch a Perio & Diabetes project on 14 November to promote awareness of the important links between gum disease and diabetes, explaining how they can be fought together. The project is a collaboration between the EFP and SUNSTAR and will provide specific guidelines for oral-health professionals, medical professionals and pharmacists, researchers, policymakers, patients, the public, and the media.
Here is their early press release but watch this space for the launch of their exciting project:
Periodontology featured highly in the recent October edition of the British Dental Journal. We have chosen several articles to bring to your attention.
A note from Honorary Secretary, Professor Nicola West...
I would like to keep you appraised of developments regarding the UK implementation of the new classification of Periodontal Diseases. The new classification was agreed at the joint meeting of the American Association of Periodontology and European Federation of Periodontology at the World Workshop in Periodontology, held in Chicago during November 2017. The proceedings were published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology in early 2018.
On your behalf, the BSP has tirelessly looked at the process of implementation of the new classification for the UK. The first stage of this process is a paper to be published in the British Dental Journal that describes the salient points of the new classification, rationalises the differences between the 2017 and 1999 versions and provides BSP management guidelines. This will be published on the 11th January 2019 and it will be available online from December 2018, although the exact date for this release has not been finalised yet. The January issue of the BDJ will carry the implementation guidelines of the classification paper itself together with an illustrative case study. A further five case studies will feature in the subsequent series.
There are also plans to release a decision-making flowchart (algorithm) that will be widely circulated to the membership to help practitioners to adapt to the new classification. This is currently being finalised but promises to guide practitioners and Periodontists through the decision-making process to arrive at the correct diagnosis for their patients.