Prevention is more important now than ever and should be established as a mindset to maintain good oral and overall health. Over 50% of the global adult population suffers from periodontal disease, and clinical guidelines state that dental professionals must play a leading role in limiting their patients’ periodontal and peri-implant issues. In the clinic, this includes surgical and non-surgical treatments and the use of biomaterials to limit the progression of the disease and promote the regeneration of lost tissue. Beyond the chair, dental professionals must also educate and motivate patients to perform effective self-care and provide personalized oral hygiene advice on the appropriate use of at-home products.
The Oral-B–Straumann jointly sponsored scientific session at EuroPerio10, moderated by Dr Martina Stefanini, senior assistant professor at the University of Bologna in Italy, explored these topics in detail. All speakers emphasized the need for a holistic approach that combines evidence-based chairside periodontal and peri-implant treatments with educating patients to perform effective oral hygiene at home.
Dr Giorgio Pagni from the University of Milan dental school discussed novel strategies for preventing peri-implant biological complications. Reflecting on the high prevalence of mucositis and peri-implantitis, he noted: “In the next couple of years, we will be not only periodontists but peri-implantologists.” Dental plaque as a microbial biofilm is a significant factor for peri-implantitis, which is why dental professionals must focus on limiting disease and educate patients on dental home care beyond the regenerative treatments performed in the clinics. “We can do a lot at the dental office, but we can’t be at the patient’s home,” he noted.