News for 2019
We have received a message from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer regarding Population Health Fellowships. Please see below for full details.
As you can see from all the items below, things have been busy over the last few weeks and I thank BSP Council members, including Paula and Tamsin, for their hard work. Bookings are now open for next year’s Conference, as well as for the very relevant September webinar, given by our 2021 President. Council are currently finalising our reply to the current Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry, for which the deadline is approaching.
We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the BSP Conference 2020.
We have been advised that The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has announced the launch of its second app, the SDCEP Dental Companion.
We continually work closely with a number of professionals and organisations to promote a better understanding of periodontitis, its impact on patients and links with systemic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
We wish to bring to your attention that The Office of Chief Dental Officer, and NHS England & NHS Improvement National Diabetes Prevention Programme have produced the commissioning standard: Dental Care for People with Diabetes. This Commissioning Standard will support the local implementation of pathways for patients to enable the benefits of timely and effective periodontal management on oral health and importantly general health to be realised. It recognises that people with type 2 and type 1 diabetes need to access effective dental care and that care pathways should be developed to support this. This will require local engagement between providers and commissioners of dental services and diabetes services, and the commissioning of dental services with the appropriate skills and competences to deliver the care required.
The Oral Health Foundation has released its new corporate strategy. They are aiming to focus not just on the UK but also global oral health demands and inequalities, from now until 2024. It is available on their website.
The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee is holding an inquiry into dentistry services. The Committee is inviting written submissions on the following issues:
• What is the state of the relationship between the NHS and dentistry? How satisfactory are the arrangements for the provision of dental services by the NHS? Are current arrangements contributing to the widening of health inequality? • How could access to NHS dentistry be improved? Are there inequalities in access to dentistry services? If so, why, and what could be done to address them? • Where does dentistry fit within NHS primary care services? What opportunities are presented by the development of primary care networks? • What issues are affecting the wider dental workforce? What steps need to be taken to address them? Is sufficient data available on the workforce and if not, how should it be improved? • What are the issues in commissioning and payment systems for NHS dental services? How can they be improved? • What needs to be included in, or removed from, the forthcoming NHS dental contract? • Is there enough focus on prevention in dentistry and what are the avoidable harms that could be addressed? What more can be done to encourage prevention and what can be learnt from best practice in other parts of the UK and EU? • What should be done around fluoridation policy and what is the evidence base to support it?
It looks like summer may have finally arrived (at least in the South East of England) and so there is a tendency for people to take their foot off the pedal and (justifiably) enjoy the sunshine. This should also make you feel better generally (evidence based) and increase your vitamin D levels (which may also be good for all sorts of reasons - evidence based), although of course one should be careful about UV exposure (more evidence based!).
Did you know... to reflect our commitment to progression and innovation, the BSP awards annual prizes for research and periodontology, both for undergraduate, postgraduate and qualified dentists, hygienists and therapists?
The EFP have launched a toolkit on their website relating to the 2017 Classification. The toolkit – available at perioclassification.efp.org – comprises five guidance notes and four expert presentations, with infographics and videos to be added later. Also available are the introduction and consensus reports of the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions, which form the basis of the material in the toolkit.
We have received two communications from The Office of the Chief Dental Officer which we would like to share with our membership:
In November 2017, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) launched The Oral Health & Pregnancy project. The aim of the Oral Health and Pregnancy project, a collaboration between the EFP and Oral-B, was to promote women’s oral health during pregnancy through guidelines for patients and for healthcare professionals.
The GDC have recently released some interesting analysis and positive helpful guidelines on the volume and nature of cases that they have had to deal with, and what can determine how things either go forwards or are dismissed at an early stage. Although of course we know that we will all strive to offer the best care that we can, you may find it informative and useful to look at these documents (which are very readable) and perhaps share with colleagues in your teams.
The first BSP undergraduate meeting took place at King's College, London on Friday 14th June 2109. It was a great opportunity for the newly appointed individuals to meet each other, meet members of BSP and talk about periodontology. The meeting was a huge success and BSP Undergraduate Representatives Hiraa Jamil and Gamze Eroglu have kindly written a detailed review of their meeting.
This month was marked by a number of events at the Palace of Westminster, and the Society’s 70th Anniversary Dinner was probably the most friendly of them all!
After an afternoon of CPD on a range of diverse topics, from three excellent international speakers, there was just time to board the Jubilee Line to Westminster. We then, after traversing Security, experienced an in-depth and educational tour of the Palace, including both Chambers, Division lobbies, Westminster Hall, St Stephens Hall and various other areas. Sir Paul Beresford kindly hosted us for a sold-out Dinner, which also included an insightful update on the current political situation from Isabel Oakeshott.
I wish to thank Tamsin and Paula for their hard work and support in organising the evening, in conjunction with Sir Paul and his team. Please don’t forget to complete your evaluations and feedback from this or any other preceding meetings and webinars.
As we finally may just be edging towards summer, we have two upcoming webinars in quick succession, so use your wifi (or even 5G?) to watch these in the sunshine (hopefully)!
1. What is your position in the BSP and what does this role involve? I am the Chair of the Practitioners Section. This is a position of great privilege as I represent the interests of the largest group that makes up the membership of the BSP.
We have had an extremely positive response to the decision-making flowchart we created to help practitioners adapt to the 2017 classification. The document is free to everyone and downloadable from the Professionals – Publications page of our website: https://www.bsperio.org.uk/publications/index.php
In addition, we produced a laminated version and have distributed over 49,500 copies to practitioners throughout the UK. We are grateful to the many organisations who supported us in this initiative to ensure that we adequately supported the dental profession in their diagnoses and treatment of periodontal patients.
We recently received a communication from the GDC as part of a consortium of health regulators, highlighting the importance of reflective practice within clinical and professional settings. BSP supports this not only for clinical knowledge and practice but also patient management and team working. This also relates to the GDC's favoured means of CPD based around PDPs.
In 2017, the British Society of Periodontology took the innovative step of involving patients in their work, by setting up the BSP Patient Forum. Led by Professor Ian Needleman, the Patient Forum has already proved to be a huge success, providing a voice to the patient community to help shape the future of gum health in the UK and to work closely alongside the Society.
We are delighted to announce that Mike Milward has been elevated to Professor of Periodontology at the University of Birmingham. We are incredibly proud of Mike’s achievement and believe that this honour is richly deserved.
Thanks to new research carried out, ‘lifelike’ dental models with the tactile qualities of real mouths will be used to train the next generation of dentists. A joint project by Professor Michael Milward and Professor Paul Cooper at the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry and PhD candidate Richard Arm at the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) will allow student dentists to experience and learn how it feels to use periodontal probes to check for gum disease.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the sad passing of Dermot Strahan on 7th June. He was President of BSP from 1975 to 1976 and made a significant impact in UK research and postgraduate training during his time at the Eastman.
BSP Awards & Prizes
To reflect our commitment to progression and innovation, the BSP awards prizes for research into periodontology - both for undergraduate and postgraduate students - on an annual basis.
We were delighted to award the following prizes at our recent Annual Conference in Brighton:
Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize – Ana Caetano
Fellowship Award – James Chesterman
Research Grant – Tanya Cerajewska and Cher Farrugia
Clinical Poster Prize – Mohsin Mughal
Research Poster Prize – Jelena Taylor
We enjoyed attending The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show earlier this month. We met many of our members and recruited some new ones too!
Our President, Dr Mark Ide, gave a talk in the Specialist Interest Theatre to a packed out audience on the subject, “Periodontics in 2019 – What can you achieve?”
Paula and Tamsin kept Mark busy answering clinical questions, while they managed to distribute 2000 laminated flowcharts and other perio resources.
The BSPerio have produced a series of webinars which discuss and explain the need for the new classification.
Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence invited organisations to register as stakeholders to assist in updating the NICE guidelines for a number of topics. It was agreed that the BSP would contribute to updating the guidelines for managing Type 2 diabetes in adults.
Gum Health Day 2019 takes place on May 12, and this year’s campaign is based around the slogan “Healthy gums, beautiful smile”. The focus is on how healthy gums contribute not only to better oral and overall health, but also to good dental aesthetics, self-confidence, and improved quality of life.
We were delighted that many of our members and non-members registered to participate in April’s webinar, which centred around Periodontal disease management.
The last month has certainly been eventful for BSP. The month started with a webinar by Professor Nicola West on Diagnosis and Communication to improve health outcomes. I submitted the Society’s reply to the GDC Consultation on principles of Specialist Listing and additionally attended a GDC meeting on behalf of BSP in relation to Future Development of CPD. Professor West and I also attended the EFP General Assembly meeting in Bern.
What is your position in the BSP and what does this role involve? I am a member of the BSP Council and also Chair of the Teachers Section. I report to BSP Council on issues that relate to the work of the organisation in the area of teaching of Periodontology and work with the President of the BSP and Conference team to set the programme for Teachers Section meetings.
The EFP has published the first edition of a new annual magazine, Perio Review, which provides a report on the activities of the federation over the last year. Covering the year between the 2018 general assembly in Vienna and this year’s assembly in Bern, Perio Review includes articles about the new “global EFP” that is symbolised by the arrival of international associate members from across the world.
BSP Council discussed the GDC consultation document on the principles of specialist listing. The consultation, which runs until the 25th April, invites comment on fundamental issues related to the system of specialist listing:
• revised purposes for specialist listing, setting out what the GDC expects listed specialties to fulfil, and criteria by which the GDC will determine which disciplines of dentistry should be listed • principles for the addition and removal of specialist lists • processes for maintaining accreditation on specialist lists.
If adopted by the GDC, following consultation, the revised principles and criteria would form the basis for the GDC to make policy decisions on specialist listing in the future.
As you will be aware, the BSP Patient Forum was established to give a voice to our patient community and help shape the future of gum health in the UK.
The EFP general assembly in Bern (Switzerland) held on Saturday 30th March marked a “changing of the guard” with a new team taking over key roles on the federation’s executive committee. Professor Iain Chapple, who has served as Secretary General for the last three years, handed over the reins to Professor Nicola West. At the same time, Professor Joerg Meyle (Germany), who has served two three-year terms as Treasurer was succeeded by Dr Monique Danser (Netherlands). In addition, Professor Filippo Graziani (Italy) became President for the next year, following Professor Anton Sculean (Switzerland).
We are looking forward to attending The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show and promoting all things perio! The BSP will be on Stand H68.
We have now worked our way out of winter, and the clocks are about to spring forward. I hope that you don’t miss the extra hour in bed. We have been very busy and now April is almost upon us! We held our first Council meeting of the year earlier this month. It was an extremely productive day and we have lots of exciting projects in the pipeline that will benefit our members. The members of Council and our administrative team continue to be dedicated to the development of our Specialty and I feel honoured and grateful to be working with this focussed, imaginative and hard-working group of people.
The BSP recognise the importance of supporting undergraduate students. We currently offer free undergraduate membership and a range of annual awards and prizes for research into periodontology, thereby reflecting our commitment to progression and innovation.
We were delighted with the success of this month’s webinar “The New Periodontal Classification, by Students, for Students.” The event was free to all students and aimed to discuss the BSPs implementation of the periodontal classification system which resulted from the 2017 World Workshop in Periodontology, as relevant to the undergraduate dental student. We were incredibly proud of the student team from Bristol University for working so hard on this initiative and presenting such a professional and informative webinar.
Thank you to all of our members who took the time to vote in the recent Council election.
The BSP is delighted to announce that Professor Francesco D'Aiuto was successful and has been appointed as "other member of Council". He will take up his position in January 2020 and we look forward to working with him.
We would like to thank all of the other members who applied for the position and welcome them to apply again in the future.
It is with deep sadness that the British Society of Periodontology records the death of Dr Robert Genco.
Professor Iain Chapple has kindly agreed to lead our tribute:
The BSPerio have produced a series of webinars which discuss and explain the need for the new classification.
Implementing the 2017 Classification of Periodontal Diseases to Reach a Diagnosis in Clinical Practice - Breach of Copyright
The BSP are the owners of the copyright in the document entitled, “Implementing the 2017 Classification of Periodontal Diseases to Reach a Diagnosis in Clinical Practice”. As it is a copyrighted document, we own exclusive publishing rights. That copyright is protected under UK Law.
It has come to our attention that an unauthorised version of the copyrighted document has been circulated at a dental event. The version of the document does not feature the BSP QR link to our website. Furthermore, the logos of our Partner Sponsors, Oral-B and Johnson and Johnson have been replaced with two other company logos.
This is an infringement of our rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
The BSP has taken legal advice and immediate action to prevent this breach from continuing.
The document can be used without permission in its original format, however, any editing of the document is prohibited. We would encourage all dental professionals to continue to download the BSP flowchart from our website: https://www.bsperio.org.uk/publications/index.php
• Cardiologists should be aware of the connection between gum disease and heart disease and encourage their patients to be screened for periodontitis • Patients with gum disease should manage their cardiovascular disease risk factors
Madrid, Spain, 19 February 2019. Proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can support cardiovascular health. This, in a nutshell, is what dental and heart experts agreed today at a joint workshop in Madrid. Representatives from the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) reviewed the evidence linking cardiovascular diseases and gum disease (periodontitis) to prepare joint recommendations for health professionals and patients.
There have been some interesting developments in dentistry and periodontology already this year. We have seen the release of the NHS Long Term Plan and more coverage of issues related to diet and caries, periodontal diseases and systemic disease, and NHS availability. Although it was very disappointing to see that periodontal disease was not mentioned in the NHS plan it was good to see that there was an emphasis on prevention and for the delivery of care to vulnerable groups. We are continuing to try to work to promote improved periodontal care provision for all, with associated health benefits and improved quality of life. This month sees the Joint Workshop on Periodontology and Cardiovascular disease being held in Spain by EFP and the World Heart Federation – there is representation from the UK, and this may help broaden the awareness of research findings on this relationship to professionals and the public.
We are pleased to share with you two documents received from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, England:
• A summary of the NHS England Long Term Plan, which sets out some of the key areas where they see the value of the continued integration of oral health in general health pathways. • An update on the Starting Well Core initiative which was identified in the Long Term Plan as an initiative which supports broader health development and contributes to a strong start in life for children.
Establishing good oral hygiene habits early in a child’s life will help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease in the future. As part of last 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 hygiene habits. We 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 are also proud to promote the excellent work that has been done through a collaboration between Oral-B and the University of Leeds, in creating the Strong Teeth Children’s Toolkit.
The Strong Teeth support package and resources have been developed to help the dental team provide effective oral health advice to parents and their young children. Through their joint working, Oral-B and the University of Leeds, led by Dr Peter Day, engaged with dental teams, parents and children from various backgrounds and communities, to develop the resources. In addition, they used psychological theory and research to develop evidence-based materials, in order to maximise the chance that parents of young children will adopt the advice and establish protective home-based oral health habits for life.
It is their hope that the resulting Strong Teeth resources, training manual and videos will help dental professionals to have effective oral care conversations with parents of young children and support the wider campaign aim of achieving a decay free childhood for children in the UK.
We have made the resource available to view and download on the Professionals, Publications page of our website: https://www.bsperio.org.uk/publications/index.php If you would like a Strong Teeth toolkit for your practice, please contact the Oral-B customer support team: email@example.com (0870 242 1850)
The BSPerio have produced a series of webinars which discuss and explain the need for the new classification.
1. What is your position in the BSP and what does this role involve? I am the BSP Honorary Editor. This role has the responsibility for all the publications the society produces, both hard copy and electronic, using multiple media. The Honorary Editor attends the council meetings.
2. Where are you based during your working week? Private referral Periodontal Practice, limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Winchester, Hampshire. Until very recently, I worked part-time in the West End of London, for a 15-year period.
3. Which aspect of your job do you most enjoy? a. The joy of successful clinical outcomes with my patients b. Sharing my passion for perio with our colleagues
Happy New Year everyone!
What a year it has been already! There has been a lot of activity and enthusiasm, especially with the new classification. This year is set to be a very exciting one, with the BSP Conference at Brighton and the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the BSP - the Early Career Group has a big part to play.
At the BSP Conference in Brighton, the ECG session have a Q&A session on ‘speciality training for tomorrow’. This session is open to anyone who is looking for advice on different pathways for speciality training in Periodontics and how to build their CV.
Welcome to 2019 from the British Society of Periodontology - we currently live in interesting and somewhat uncertain times, but this has been the case in one way or another ever since BSP was first formed, in the year that saw the release of such films as The Third Man, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Passport to Pimlico and Whisky Galore! The US Number 1 single in January 1949, 70 years ago, was "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth"... an early request for implant treatment?
It is a real honour to take on the role of President for 2019. I hope that I can carry on the amazing work of my predecessors and work with our incredibly supportive executive team, with Council, and with you all as members of BSP to help serve and support you and to promote and develop periodontology within and more especially outside our profession.
The BSP has created a decision-making flowchart (algorithm) to help practitioners adapt to the new classification. This document is essential for all practitioners and Periodontists in guiding you through the decision-making process to arrive at the correct diagnosis for your patients. You can view and download a pdf version of the flowchart on our Publications page.
The BSP team are in the process of producing a laminated version, which we hope to distribute in the coming weeks. We are grateful to our sponsors Johnson & Johnson and Oral-B who have kindly contributed towards the cost of producing and circulating the flowchart, thereby ensuring that we adequately support the dental profession in their diagnoses and treatment of periodontal patients.
Periodontal diagnosis in the context of the 2017 classification system of periodontal diseases and conditions - implementation in clinical practice
As you will be aware, the British Society of Periodontology set up a working group of specialists and general practitioners to review the 2017 Classification of Periodontal Diseases that was announced at EuroPerio 9. They have worked tirelessly to look at the process of implementation of the 2017 classification for the UK to produce something that is workable and practical in UK general and specialist practice. The BSP implementation document has now been published in the British Dental Journal. The paper describes the salient points of the 2017 classification, rationalises the differences between the 2017 and 1999 classifications, provides BSP management guidelines and an illustrative case study.
The latest Change4Life campaign is asking parents to “Make a swap when you next shop” to halve their children’s sugar intake from some everyday food and drinks. • Children are currently consuming around 2,800 extra sugar cubes per year.
Children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old by the time they reach their tenth birthday, according to Public Health England (PHE)1. This is based on their total sugar consumption from the age of two.