Periodontal diseases and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and respiratory diseases: Summary of the consensus report by the EFP and Wonca EUROPE

European Journal of General Practice Volume 30, 2024 


To outline, for family doctors, the implications of the association between periodontal and systemic diseases; to explore the role of family doctors in managing periodontitis as an ubiquitous non-communicable disease (NCD). 


The consensus reports of previous focused collaborative workshops between WONCA Europe and the European Federation of Periodontology (using previously undertaken systematic reviews), and a specifically commissioned systematic review formed the technical papers to underpin discussions. Working groups prepared proposals independently, and the proposals were subsequently discussed and approved at plenary meetings



• Periodontitis is independently associated with cardiovascular  diseases,  diabetes,  chronic  obstructive  pulmonary  disease,  obstructive  sleep  apnoea,  and  COVID-19.

• Periodontal   treatment   for   optimal   outcomes   improves   diabetes   outcomes   and   surrogate   measures   of   cardiovascular risk.

• Closer collaboration between oral health care professionals and family doctors is important in the early case detection and management of non-communicable diseases.

• Information on the reported associations  should  be  made  available  to  family  doctors,  oral  health  professionals,  healthcare  funders,  patients,  and  the  general  population.