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SECRETARY’S MESSAGE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-100  

Research to reality – have we succeeded in propagating the message of periodontal and systemic interlink


Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication23-Apr-2018

Correspondence Address:
Abhay Kolte
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road,Nagpur, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_200_18

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Dear Friends,

Having finished with some of the major activities in the first quarter of the ISP year, the 17th National PG Convention held at Chennai and the GCPR Guidelines Workshop held at Mumbai it appears that we all are a relieved lot with both the programmes being grossly successful. But having gone through the deliberations at both these events, I presume that we need to address the valuable input elements in these discussions. The most important amongst these deliberations was, have we been successful as responsible professionals to propagate our research findings related to the Periodontal and Systemic interlink amongst the medical and other allied fraternity members.

The theme of the 17th National PG Convention held at Chennai was very aptly mentioned as “Research to reality.” We as professionals have been working in the research laboratories which have substantiated the findings of some of the landmark research linking the periodontal disease and some of the systemic diseases. In fact, if we go on searching the current journals of our speciality, most of the literature is directed and proves a positive relationship between the two diseases. So much so that in the literature there are over 50 systemic conditions which have been studied to assess the relationship and indicate a possible association. Our members have also contributed in this direction and some of the scientific literature emanating from various institutes has found place in many of the well-known and reputed international research journals.

In the GCPR Guidelines Workshop held at Mumbai which was also attended by a few general dentists, counterparts in other specialities of dentistry and medical faculty members, one of the main observations was the lack of adequate knowledge and awareness amongst the fellow colleagues and fraternity members about the influence of periodontal diseases over systemic diseases and vice versa. Through the literature they were exposed to some of a preliminary discussion in this regard but were not aware of the quantum of work done in this direction. The feedback from these members mentioned that the workshop was an eyeopener for them and they will definitely like to incorporate a mandatory periodontal screening to their patients hence forth.

One of the stark reality is the fact that we have not been able to propagate the research findings in our co specialists and unless and until this is done the whole exercise will remain futile. As I had mentioned previously, it is never too late to make a good beginning, let us all direct our efforts in generating awareness amongst the medical and allied counterparts. This will not only be in the best interest of both the specialities, but also in the best interest of the overall health of the patients. And the modality by which this can be achieved is by organising joint sessions with the speciality organisations of general physicians, diabetologists, cardiologists, gynaecologists and many others including the general medical practitioners who most of the times are the primary contact persons in cases of medical ailments.

A small and positive initiative and effort in this direction will ensure an overall good health of the society in times to come.

ISPecially Yours






 

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