FDI is increasing global awareness of periodontal health over the next three years through its Global Periodontal Health Project (GPHP). Proposed in 2015, the implementation of the GPHP was set in motion this this year to prioritize periodontal health at a national level through health promotion and disease prevention, and to integrate oral and periodontal health into policies addressing noncommunicable diseases.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease including gingivitis and periodontitis is a plaque biofilm-induced inflammatory condition affecting tooth-supporting tissues and bone, and it is among humanity’s most common diseases affecting up to 90% of the adult population worldwide.
Periodontal disease is also closely associated with noncommunicable diseases as they share common risk factors (unhealthy diet, tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption). It represents a major global oral disease burden with significant social, economic and health-system impacts.
The roadmap to achieving global periodontal health
Periodontal health is essential to general health and key to securing a person’s quality of life and well-being through their life course. It is imperative that governments engage with Chief Dental Officers and Ministries of Health when developing national disease action plans to ensure an ‘oral health in all’ policy approach.
The GPHP seeks to reduce the burden of periodontal disease by raising awareness of its impact and engaging the public, oral health and other health professionals, educators, and policymakers in promoting periodontal health. Over the course of three years (2017–2019), the project is set to deliver a global awareness campaign (including specialized toolkits for target audiences), a white paper, a policy statement, and symposiums at the FDI World Dental Congress. It is a multi-partner project supported by EMS, GSK and P&G.
Published by FDI World Dental Federation News on July 5, 2017.