September 2011

Volume 28, Issue 3

Editorial - Position papers by EADPH Special Interest Groups

doi: 10.1922/CDH_2011Editorial01


The board of the European Association for Dental Public Health (EADPH) is very grateful that two of the EADPH special interest groups were able to produce position papers in their fields within a relatively short time. Their first article, “Methodological issues in epidemiological studies of periodontitis – how can it be improved,” was prepared by Roos Leroy, Ken Eaton and Amir Savage following their discussions with the members of the special interest group on Periodontal Epidemiology at the 2008 and 2009 meetings of EADPH. The second article you will find in this issue. “Tooth wear and erosion: Methodological issues in epidemiological and public heath research and the future research agenda” was prepared by Carolina Ganss, Alice Young and Adrian Lussi. This paper is predominantly the result of work completed at the meetings of the Special Interest Group “Tooth Surface Loss and Erosion” at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 conferences of the EADPH. Working with the members of the group, the authors identified gaps in research strategies. Furthermore, they pointed out that fundamental concepts of wear and erosion as an oral health problem have not yet been sufficiently defined. This important paper draws the following main conclusions with regard to the research agenda: a consensus process towards an internationally accepted index on erosion and the collection of data on the various forms of wear on a population-based level should be initiated. In addition, communication between basic and clinical sciences and the area of Public Health Dentistry should be promoted in order to discuss, for example, whether tooth wear is a public health problem or not. The EADPH officer coordinating the special interest groups would like to use the publication of this paper as an occasion to present the respective EADPH activities to the readers of Community Dental Health. In September 2007 the General Assembly of EADPH, meeting in Ghent, accepted the proposal to initiate several special interest groups at the subsequent annual meeting of EADPH in Heidelberg. This proposal aimed to improve research and encourage activities in the area of Dental Public Health in Europe. Intensive discussion identified the following topics for development: • • • • • • Caries Epidemiology and Prevention Gerodontology Health Services Research Periodontal Epidemiology Prevention of Oral Cancer Tooth Surface Loss/Erosion. Then the EADPH board and the Co-President responsible for the Heidelberg EADPH conference developed the following aims for the working groups: • • • • • Bring together people with an interest in the topic concerned Review and discuss the “current state of the art” in the topic or a part of the topic. Identify work that needs to be done to improve the “current state of the art” Produce a position paper that sets out the “current state of the art” and future work that needs to be carried out to improve it. Plan how to develop collaborations to improve some of the identified deficiencies.


Other articles in this issue

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Editorial - Position papers by EADPH Special Interest Groups 190-190 Download
Tooth wear and erosion: Methodological issues in epidemiological and public health research and the future research agenda 191-195 Download
The relationship between tooth wear in the primary and permanent dentitions 196-200 Download
The efficacy of dentifrices on extrinsic tooth stains among community dwelling adults in India – a randomised controlled trial 201-205 Download
Clinical and socio-demographic factors influencing the oral health-related quality of life of Chinese elders 206-210 Download
The effects of chronic pain on oral health related quality of life in patients with anterior disc displacement with reduction. 211-215 Download
Dental self-care and visiting behaviour in relation to social inequality in caries experience 216-221 Download
Clinical evaluation of chlorhexidine for the control of dental biofilm in children with special needs 222-226 Download
Oral health related quality of life among children with parents and those with no parents 227-231 Download
Psychometric properties of long and short forms of the Child Perceptions Questionnaire (CPQ11-14) in a Thai population 232-237 Download
Dental examiners consistency in applying the ICDAS criteria for a caries prevention community trial 238-242 Download
Investing in professional advocacy: a case study of a successful fluoridation campaign in rural New South Wales, Australia 243-247 Download
Relationship of caries and fluorosis in adolescents from high- and low-fluoride areas in Iran 248-252 Download


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