Colgate supports the world’s first major scientific attempt to consider dental caries and periodontal disease as interrelated.

Colgate-Palmolive Europe is providing key support to a Europe-wide initiative driven by the  European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) to invite dental and medical professionals, policy makers and educators to manage caries and periodontal disease together.

The Perio & Caries initiative is driven by a scientific consensus that caries and periodontal diseases are preventable and that they share common genetic, aetiological, social, and environmental determinants – although they follow different development trajectories and usually emerge at different ages.

The initiative aims to apply the latest evidence-based guidelines to approach a joint management of caries and periodontal diseases – both at individual and at population level.

Perio & Caries initiative

The initiative calls for caries and periodontal disease to no longer to be considered ‘normal’, given their links with other general conditions, their impact in the individual’s quality of life and the burden they bring over healthcare costs.

It also recommends that dental care professionals take a joint management approach focused on patient support for increased awareness and healthy behaviour adoption, dietary advice and twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, supported by plaque-reduction agents.

The central resource of the initiative, the website www.cariesandperio.efp.org holds a wealth of materials like hands-on recommendations to the oral care team, the non-dental healthcare professionals, the public and the policymakers as well as video-interviews with experts and compelling info graphics.

Improving oral health across Europe

Colgate supported the collaboration between EFP and ORCA on the world’s first major scientific attempt to consider dental caries and periodontal disease as interrelated processes in 2016.

Dr Irina Laura Chivu-Garip, senior scientific project manager at Colgate, said: ‘We strongly support an evidence-based common approach to the prevention of periodontal diseases and caries and we actively support the importance of informing the public, professional audiences and decision makers on this.

‘We are proud to partner with EFP and provide on-going support to drive the adoption of the recommendations at all levels, being confident that this will ultimately benefit oral health across Europe.’

The evidence-based recommendations associated to the Perio & Caries initiative were presented during the #ColgateTalks Econference on 25/26 April, and can be viewed at www.colgatetalks.com.