Prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment of periodontal disease are required in order to combat the devastating oral and general health effects for the individual and society. Periodontitis remains the most common chronic inflammatory disease of humankind – and periodontal health as a key element of oral health and general health and wellbeing. The intention is to greatly increase awareness among members of the public, the media, government, regulatory and professional bodies, and other groups as appropriate of the importance of periodontal health and, in turn, the importance of oral health to general health and wellbeing throughout life, but, in particular, in old age.
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