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A number of experts recently met in Madrid, where the first European Perio-Diabetes Workshop was held at Casa de las Encías, the headquarters of the Spanish Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration. (Photograph: Sunstar)
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Sunstar supports first European Perio-Diabetes Workshop

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MADRID, Spain: The link between periodontal disease and diabetes has often been a topic of scientific research. In collaboration with oral health care provider Sunstar, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recently hosted a workshop in Madrid to address the connection between both diseases, among other topics.

Seven periodontics experts and seven specialists in diabetes attended the first European Perio-Diabetes Workshop. The 14 participants represented both the EFP and the IDF, two of the most important international organisations in their respective fields.

In collaboration with Sunstar, the meeting aimed to delve deeper into the relationship between periodontitis and diabetes—a topic that the company has been working on for some time, both on a research and promotional level. Over the course of two days, the panel of experts held wide-ranging debates regarding the existing connections between these two diseases, current epidemiological evidence and the effect of intervention trials on metabolic parameters.

The conclusions drawn from the workshop will be reported on at the end of this year with the aim of new advancements in research on the bi-directional relationship between dental health and diabetes. Sunstar has been promoting and supporting this research for more than 20 years, owing to several of the company’s founding members being involved in the study of diabetes and to the company’s firm commitment to providing the best oral care.

Sunstar drives research

As proof of its commitment, Sunstar is participating in a number of other initiatives this year, such as a second workshop with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the EFP on the classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, which will be held in Chicago in the US in November. Furthermore, the company, together with the Spanish Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration (SEPA), will sponsor multiple clinical studies focused on the role of dental practices in identifying prediabetes and undiagnosed cases of diabetes. Sunstar also announced its sponsorship of various studies on the importance of oral hygiene advice provided by primary care physicians.

At the end of the year, the 21st edition of the Joslin–Sunstar Diabetes Education Initiative symposium will be held in Shanghai in China. This project, promoted by the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston in the US and the Sunstar Foundation, was launched in 2008 with the purpose of raising awareness among doctors, dentists and patients about the bi-directional relationship between oral health and diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, the symposium creates a platform for debate by experts in the field.

Research grants for young professionals

For several years, Sunstar has collaborated with various scientific societies and clinics to promote research in the field of oral health and to determine its relationship to general health. This is especially evident among new dental professionals, with the most innovative being offered research grants. Examples are the Sunstar Innovation Grant, offered together with the AAP, and the SEPA–SUNSTAR grant, together with the SSP. The awards have resulted in, among others, the release of the Care for Your Gums, Control Diabetes publication by a dental hygienist in collaboration with the Sociedad Española de Diabetes [Spanish diabetes society], as well as the launch of the first Spanish study to determine the efficiency of dental consultations in the early diagnosis of diabetes.

Over the last few years, Sunstar has introduced a series of social initiatives with the aim of bringing knowledge to all levels of society in order to improve actual diabetes diagnostic, treatment and prevention figures.

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