Periodontal infections: understanding the complexity - Consensus of the Seventh European Workshop on Periodontology

Sanz, M., Jan van Winkelhoff, A. & Working Grp 1 Seventh European Wor, Mar-2011, In : Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 38 Suppl 11, p. 3-6 4 p.

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  • Mariano Sanz
  • Arie Jan van Winkelhoff
  • Working Grp 1 Seventh European Wor


Periodontal diseases are the pathological manifestation of the host response against the bacterial challenge from the dental biofilm at the tooth/gingival interface. The remit of this working group was to update the existing knowledge on the infectious nature of periodontal diseases.

Material and Methods

The literature was systematically searched and critically reviewed. Four manuscripts were produced in specific topics identified as key areas to understand the importance of the microorganisms in the etio-pathogenesis of periodontal diseases.


The results and conclusions of the review process are presented in the following papers, together with the group consensus statements aiming to answer the following questions: (1) Has the use of molecular methods for the characterization of the human oral microbiome changed our understanding of the role of bacteria in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease process? (2) Are the periodontal microbial complexes associated with specific cell and tissue responses? (3) How is the development of dental biofilms influenced by the host? (4) What can we learn about biofilm/host interactions from the study of inflammatory bowel disease? This consensus report provides answers to these questions with the most updated information on periodontal microbiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-6
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Periodontology
Volume38 Suppl 11
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2011



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