Global Periodontal Health Project

Periodontal (gum) disease poses a significant health burden, yet treatment remains unavailable in many countries.

The Global Periodontal Health Project (GPHP) aims to reduce and prevent periodontal disease worldwide. Launched in partnership with E.M.S. Electro Medical Systems, GSK, and Procter & Gamble in 2017, GPHP engages the public, oral health and other health professionals, educators, and policymakers in preventing periodontal diseases by promoting periodontal health.

GPHP is working to develop and distribute a global set of resources for dental practitioners, other health practitioners, the public, educators and policymakers. The project also encourages National Dental Associations to engage with chief dental officers and ministers of health to implement the United Nations Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, which recognizes the oral disease burden in all FDI member countries.


In line with its resource development goal, GPHP has published a white paper and practical guide on periodontal health and disease.

The White Paper on Prevention and Management of Periodontal Diseases for Oral Health and General Health serves to better inform oral health professionals on the main issues related to the global prevalence of periodontal disease and identifies the key challenges in tackling the periodontal disease burden.

Periodontal Health and Disease: A practical guide to reduce the global burden of periodontal disease provides guidance for National Dental Associations to design, conduct and evaluate advocacy campaigns that will advance the implementation of policies to prevent and manage periodontal disease.

Further resources

2017 World Oral Health Forum: Global periodontal health: challenges, priorities, and perspectives

Proceedings from the 2017 World Oral Health Forum: Global Periodontal Health: Challenges, priorities and perspectives

Next steps

GPHP is also developing a Chairside Guide, to be used by oral health professionals in dental practices, with easy to read language on periodontal health promotion strategies for patients.

Staff contact

Charlotte Fine
Education and Public Health Manager
Charlotte Fine
T +41 22 560 81 33

Periodontal (gum) disease including gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, often causing shrinkage of the gums and loosening of the teeth), is among humanity’s most common diseases affecting up to 50% of the adult population worldwide. Periodontal health is essential to general health and key to securing a person’s quality of life and well-being through their life course.

Gum health is easily overlooked during daily oral health routines. Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss (edentulism) and is closely associated with other diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, with which it shares common risk factors (e.g. unhealthy diet, tobacco and smoking).

Periodontal disease has a significant socio-economic impact on governments and populations worldwide, yet it remains a low priority and treatment is still unavailable in many countries.

The Global Periodontal Health Project (GPHP) was launched in October 2015 to reduce the burden of periodontal disease by raising awareness of its impact and engaging the public, oral health and other health professionals, educators, and policymakers in promoting periodontal health.

Roadmap to achieving periodontal health

Working with FDI National Dental Associations, the Global Periodontal Health Project will make periodontal health a priority issue at the national level by:

Increasing global awareness

Disseminating promotional tools

Actively engaging with local populations

The project engages directly with Chief Dental Officers and Ministers of Health to implement the United Nations Political Declaration on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which recognizes the burden caused by oral disease in all FDI member countries.

GPHP responds to the urgent need for action to increase prevention efforts and reduce the occurrence of periodontal diseases.