Gingival Health Dialogue - Volume 2 Number 2

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Fotinos S. Panagakos, DMD, PhD
Director of Clinical Research Relations and Strategy
Colgate-Palmolive Company


Dear Reader...

On behalf of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, I welcome you to the latest installment of Gingival Health Dialogue - Investigations and Insights in Gingival Health Research. This series was created as a service to the global dental profession to encourage an ongoing dialogue on the management of gingival disease and the significance of effective therapeutic interventions to establish and maintain a healthy oral environment.

It is estimated that approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer with diabetes, with a predicted prevalence of 10% of the global population affected in the next 15-20 years. And so we begin this issue with an outstanding review by Drs. Mariano Sanz and Iain Chapple on the bi-directionality of diabetes and periodontal disease, including thoughts from the recent Consensus Report of the Joint European Federation of Periodontology and American Academy of Periodontology Workshop on Periodontitis and Systemic Diseases. We will also present an annotated photo essay of that workshop.

Next we revisit the 2012 statement from the American Heart Association on the relationship between periodontal disease and atherosclerotic vascular disease through a brilliant essay by one of the authors of the statement, Dr. Panos Papapanou. We follow this with some important new data presented at the 2013 Sessions of the International Association for Dental Research. Then our Professional Resources section features an important contribution to the peer-reviewed literature on oral disease therapeutics.

And finally, returning to our diabetes/oral disease theme, we present summaries of related chapters from the textbook Periodontal Disease and Overall Health: A Clinician's Guide, including instructions on how you can receive a personal copy of the book free of charge. 

We thank you for your readership and welcome your comments on the program and on future editorial directions.

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