News for 2016
As new statistics reveal a fall in prescribing of antibiotics by clinicians across all NHS healthcare settings, dentists’ leaders have called on colleagues to build on this success by using a new toolkit to support effective antimicrobial stewardship.
We are delighted that the Good Practitioner Guide, produced by the BSP earlier this year, is to be translated by the Norwegian Society for its members.
"We are delighted that you will allow us to translate the GPG. There has been a lack of this kind of guide in Norway. The board of the NPF have discussed for some time to make a guide like this when we became aware of your excellent guide." Kristen Kolltveit, Norwegian Society of Periodontology
"The GPG continues to create impact and we are excited that the Norwegian Society of Periodontology will translate the guide. This follows versions from both the Austrian and Spanish Societies of Periodontology" Ian Needleman, Editor-in-chief, GPG
The BSP film, The Sound of Periodontitis, has a whole new audience now there is a version with Russian subtitles. It joins a series of others that are subtitled in Spanish, Croatian and French. Estonian and Polish are also in the pipeline. The demand for the film in a number of languages reflects its power in conveying the perio patient perspective of life with this condition.
This film sums up our recent gum health awareness campaign and makes us proud to have achieved so much this year with the help of our partners and supporters - oh and the general public too!
We approve wholeheartedly of this article in Monday's Guardian - it's a well-balanced piece AND it mentions our BSP President Phil Ower!
An interesting article appeared in today's Telegraph looking at the links between brushing your teeth and heart conditions. Here is the BSP's take on this...
EFP Masterclinic 3 - 4 March 2017 Mediterranean Conference Centre, Malta For full details please click here
A recent review paper about to be published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology by a group of investigators from Amsterdam found that toothbrushing alone may be as effective as toothbrushing with toothpaste in terms of plaque removal. This is not unexpected since the mechanical action of toothbrushing has for centuries been known to be an effective means of removing dental plaque and food debris. However, there is more to it than this.
Plaque removal alone is only part of the toothbrushing process. Dental professionals encourage the use of toothpaste as it carries a whole range of active ingredients which protect the teeth and gums:
fluorides to strengthen the teeth against the ravages of dental decay agents which reduce tooth sensitivity anti-bacterial agents which kill bacteria in plaque
In addition to these benefits, for which there is abundant evidence, toothpaste use can help with:
stain removal breath freshening making the mouth feel cleaner and healthier
The paper is an interesting review of the available evidence and a useful addition to the scientific literature on oral hygiene habits but it does not mean that toothpaste is a waste of time and money. The British Society of Periodontology advises that toothbrushing should include the use of toothpaste as it has multiple actions and benefits which were not investigated in this review.
Reference: Valkenburg, C., Slot D.E., Bakker E., Van der Weijden F. (2016) Does dentifrice use help to remove plaque? A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Periodontology (in press); doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12615
Mouthcards given out to the public, as part of our #howsyoursmile gum health awareness campaign, have made it to Australia!
Two members of (BSP president-elect) Ian Needleman’s specialist dental team handed out hundreds of mouthcards to the public in London’s West End this summer. By complete chance, one of the recipients was Debbie Waalkens, wife of Dr Chris Waalkens – past-president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists!
Our gum health awareness campaign has been a huge success reaching 4-5 million people across the world, predominantly through the use of social media.
To bring our 2016 public awareness campaign competition to a close we nominated a second winner of our selfie #howsyoursmile supporters. Chosen at random was Michelle Morris, a teaching assistant from Liverpool who was delighted to win £1000 worth of Apple vouchers. Here is Michelle and her nieces and nephews sporting the mouthcards we used to support our campaign. Well done Michelle!
The much anticipated Good Practitioner's Guide to Periodontology has been launched this week in London. It is a completely revised version of its predecessor, The Young Practitioner's Guide to Periodontology, taking on board comments and suggestions made over the intervening 5 years. Not least its name: For "Young" now read "Good"! The revised text addresses changes in research and clinical practice.
It is available to download in PDF format (see Publications) and also in digital and interactive format (also available under Publications). This exciting addition has been made possible by Fiona Clark of Atlas Education and a BSP member, an expert in the field of e-learning.
This third version of the Guide aims to be a helpful companion to the dental team in clinical practice following on from the undoubted success of its two previous versions.
Radio Kent contacted our President, Phil Ower, this morning requesting a live radio interview about the amount of interest generated by the press coverage of the debate "to floss or not to floss". With less than a hour's notice the call went out and Professor Francis Hughes rose to the challenge. He was the only person interviewed on the subject and was on air answering a barrage of questions from the show's host Julia George. You can hear the interview at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0417szw (10.50am).
This week has seen a renewed interest in the thorny subject of flossing. Our statement follows - this shows the BSP's position on the flossing debate...
Reena Wadia was one of our 2016 Clincial Fellowship Award winners and has recently returned from her trip to Boston where as she says, she had a fantastic learning experience. Her report can be viewed here.
We are delighted that the BBC's Hugh Pym was spotted sporting a BSP mouthie to raise awareness for gum disease! #howsyoursmile
Our film 'The Sound of Periodontitis' is now being used and translated across Europe.
It powerfully shows the patient perspective on gum disease. It's well worth watching and sharing if you haven't already!
In the latest BDJ (22 July 2016) there is a letter expressing concern about the tactics of the BSP gum health campaign. To read this, and our response, please click on the 'More' button below:
Professor Iain Chapple, immediate past President of the BSP, delivered the BDA Lillian Lindsay Lecture 2016 at the British Dental Conference on the past 50 years of periodontology. This can be viewed on the 'Periodontal Diseases' page or by clicking here...
News of the death on 7th July of Gwyneth Roberts was received yesterday. Gwyneth Roberts was a member of the Society for many years and a regular attender of BSP meetings. She retired as a Consultant in 1991 in Leeds where she had been Director of the Dental Hygiene Programme. She was highly respected within the school and by her colleagues and graduates of the school and is remembered fondly by many of the Society’s members. She retired initially to Bristol and finally to Cambridgeshire to be nearer her family. Her funeral takes place today in Cambridge.
Robyn Metcalf of The Dentist reports on the BSP 2016 Spring Meeting in Oxford
Professor Iain Chapple, Immediate Past President BSP, appointed Head of School of Dentistry in Birmingham
Iain's appointment as Head of the School of Dentistry at Birmingham was announced on Monday. Everybody at BSP offers their hearty congratulations to Iain and wishes him well in his new post.
Follow the full story here
Even the Editor's intro mentions the BSP gum health awareness campaign!
Don’t let gum disease wipe the smile off your face – we take a look the UK’s official campaign for European Gum Health Awareness Day
Read what Dental Nursing has to say...
Oxford's dreaming spires provided the perfect backdrop for this year's British Society of Periodontology's (BSP) Spring Meeting. Oral Health reports...
On Thursday, May 12, for the first time in its 67 year history, the British Society of Periodontology is taking the bold step of launching an innovative UK wide campaign to raise awareness of gum disease and its far reaching impact on general health.
It came to our attention that there had been some misreporting in the printed and online versions of The Daily Mail relating to flossing and oral care. We have prepared and submitted the following statement to correct any misunderstanding.
The 11th European Workshop on prevention of periodontal and peri-implant diseases (2015) has generated a set of guidelines that have just been published and which should be of great value to all practising clinicians. The guidelines are designed for dentists, hygienists and therapists and the public and cover primary and secondary prevention, hypersensitivity, halitosis, recession and implants.
The BSP will have quite a presence at the forthcoming BDA Conference in Manchester 26-28 May. There will be a perio session "Periodontal Health for a Better Life" with presentations by Professors Iain Chapple and Ian Needleman and Dr Rajiv Patel.
In addition to this, Helen Cobley, together with Andrea Williams, will be on the BSP stand promoting the Gum Health Awareness campaign which will be in full swing. Go along to the stand to say "hello", take a selfie and enter the Prize Draw: www.bsperio.org.uk/howsyoursmile/
BSP Oxford meeting success!
This is an important document which has major clinical and medico-legal implications.
The BSP will be out in force at the forthcoming Dentistry Show with 2 stands! We'll be in the Professional Hub as usual but will also have a "Selfie Stand" near to the perio lounge.
Phil takes over from Iain Chapple.