Crucial: the education of patients on the importance of preventive self-care and clinical care
The World Health Organization states that approximately 30% of 65- to 74-year-olds in Europe are edentulous, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 69% of 35- to 44-year-olds in the US have lost at least one permanent tooth. Aside from placing a huge economic burden on patients and global healthcare, periodontal disease can affect overall well-being and has been associated with numerous systemic conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
It is therefore crucial to educate patients on the importance of preventive self-care and clinical care, and the Oral-B/Straumann alliance was established to help dental professionals meet this need by offering a series of compelling scientific events, continuing education courses, webinars and publications, including a joint symposium at the 2022 American Academy of Periodontology annual meeting in October. Prof. Filippo Graziani, Past President of the EFP and one of the speakers involved in the Oral-B & Straumann’s Europerio symposium, believes that the impact of the alliance will be felt throughout the profession.
“With the changes in society and patients’ behaviours, it is fundamental to provide a large array of solutions for general health. Thus, this alliance should be cherished in order to simplify the lives of our patients and provide additional benefits for their health,” he concluded.