The Boundaries between Caries and Periodontal Diseases.  What are the Implications for Education in Dental Public Health?


The Centro Cultural Sa Nostra Congress Centre from 09.00 to 15.30. 

This brief report is accompanied by the Power point presentations given during the pre-congress workshop.


In November 2016 a joint workshop was run by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA).  A series of  reviews of the current knowledge on dental caries and periodontal diseases were presented during the workshop and have subsequently been published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.  In December 2017, guidelines on the expected competencies of a  graduating European dentist were published in the European Journal of Dental Education. The guidelines were produced by the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE). These publications provide the latest evidence and raise the question: how can the current knowledge on dental caries and periodontal diseases be incorporated into curricula in dental schools to meet the  ADEE guidelines.

The aims of the workshop were therefore to inform participants of the content of the EFP/ORCA position papers on dental caries and periodontal diseases and the ADEE guidelines as they apply to Dental Public Health, to discuss how they may be incorporated into the curricula of dental schools and to produce recommendations accordingly


Professor Jenny Gallagher -the co-author of Domain IV of the guidelines on the competencies of the Graduating European Dentist –  summarised the guidelines for this domain and detailed the topics relating to dentistry in society which should be included in the undergraduate dental curriculum. Four speakers, who were each members of one of the four groups at the EFP/ORCA workshop, then each gave an overview of the content of the papers produce by the group that they took part in and how they may impact on education in Dental Public Health.  After the first two presentations there were 5 small group discussions on the papers and their implications.  After the second two presentations there were a  further 5 small group discussions.  Dr Paula Vassallo then presented a combined report which highlighted the findings of all the discussion group. The workshop finished with a discussion of how to take the work forward during a follow up pre-congress symposium to be held on 11 September 2019 in Ghent.


09.00  Opening and welcome – Colwyn Jones – President EADPH

09.05  The aims and organisation of the day – Kenneth Eaton – Chair of the workshop

09.10  Competencies of a Graduating Dentist / Guidelines for Dental Public Health – Jenny Gallagher- Co-author of ADEE guidelines

09.30  Role of microbial biofilms in the maintenance of oral health and the development of dental caries and periodontal diseases  – Philip Marsh – EFP/ORCS Group 1

09.55  Interaction of lifestyle, behaviours or systematic diseases with oral health: dental caries and periodontal diseases. – Andreas Schulte – EFP/ORCA Group 2

10.20  Small group discussions* on first two presentations

11.20  Prevention and control of dental caries and periodontal diseases at individual and population level. – Kenneth Eaton- EFP/ORCA Group 3

11.45  Age-related effects on oral health, dental caries and periodontal diseases. – Jacques Vanobbergen – EFP/ORCA Group 4

12.10  Small group discussions on final two presentations

13.10  Lunch

14.10  Summary of findings from the discussion groups – Paula Vassallo – President Elect EADPH

15.00  Discussion                                

15.30  Closure of the workshop

Source Documents

Delegates to the workshop had been emailed the consensus reports from the four EFP/ORCA groups were published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP)  in March 2017, Volume 44, Supplement S18 and the paper Gallagher J., Field J.C .(2017) The Graduating European Dentist – Domain IV: Dentistry in Society.  European Journal of Dental Education, 21, issue S1, together with recommendations from the EFP for researchers and the oral healthcare team and asked to read them before the workshop.

The organisers wish to thank Colgate for funding this workshop.  As a result of the company’s generosity there was no registration fee and tea, coffee and lunch for delegates was provided at no cost to the delegates.