he Belgian Society of Periodontology (Parodontologie.be) is a scientific organization for periodontists, dentists and oral hygienists with specific interest in periodontology.

The Belgian Society of Periodontology wants to optimize the circumstances in which the periodontist provides healthcare.

We want to point out the importance of healthy tissues around teeth and implants and their impact on general health.

In addition, the Belgian Society of Periodontology aims in informing the population and underline the importance of a healthy periodontium.

Board and commissions SBP-BVP- BELGIAN SOCIETY PERIO 2017


President : Katrien Vermylen info@parodontologie.be

Vice-President : Peter Garmyn peter.garmyn@mondzorgzichem.be

Secretary : Veronique Christiaens vchristi.christiaens@ugent.be

Treasurer : Yves Flamand yves@periocare.be

Board Members

Prof Dr. Wim Teughels wim.teughels@med.kuleuven.be
Representative of the KUL University

Dr France Lambert france.lambert@chu.ulg.ac.be
Representative of the ULg University and EFP delegate france.lambert@gmail.com

Selena Toma selenatoma1@hotmail.com
Co-Representative of the UCL University

Veronique Christiaens vchristi.christiaens@ugent.be
Representative UGent

Katleen Michiels katleenmichiels@hotmail.com
President of the Professional committee

Peter Garmyn peter.garmyn@mondzorgzichem.be
President of the scientific commission

Scientific committee

President Scicom : Peter Garmyn peter.garmyn@mondzorgzichem.be

Social Media Manager : Bruno de Carvalho bcarvalhomd@gmail.com
Rep Uliege

Secretary scicom : Liesbeth Mathijs liesbet_matthijs@hotmail.com

Rep Ugent : Veronique Christiaens vchristi.christiaens@ugent.be

Rep KULeuven : Isabelle Laleman isabellelaleman@gmail.com

Rep ULB : Nele Van Assche nele_van_assche@hotmail.com

Vanessa Vanhoutte toynbee_99@hotmail.com

Professional committee

President Procom : Katleen Michiels katleenmichiels@hotmail.com

Frieda Gijbels frieda@parogijbels.be

Yves Flamand yves@periocare.be

Catherine Soers vogels-soers@imparo.be

Katrijn Saerens paropraktijk.saerens@telenet.be

Marc de Soete marcdesoete@skynet.be

Eric Thevissen eric.thevissen@ugent.be

Lauren Bernard bernardlauren@hotmail.com

Public relations and sponsoring

Isabelle Bugli infos@globaldentalsupport.be

Congres organization

Ralph Cosyn info@cosyn.eu

Frequently Asked Questions

The periodontium

To understand periodontal disease, it is important to have an idea of the anatomy of the tooth and its supporting structure (called the periodontium).

A tooth is made of two main parts:

  • The crown, covered with enamel is the part that we see in the mouth.
  • The roots are hidden under the gums in the jawbone.

The root anchors the tooth in the jawbone.

The gum tissues, called gingiva, cover the bone and are tightly tucked against the tooth.

A small fold between the gum and the tooth is always present. This fold, is also called pocket.

A small measuring tool, called periodontal probe, allows the dentist or periodontist to measure the depth of the pocket.

The pockets are usually shallow when the gums are healthy.

Source: Canadian Academy of Periodontology







To understand grafts, it is important to have an idea of the anatomy of the tooth and its supporting structures.

A healthy tooth is surrounded by two types of gum tissue.

  • The attached tissue, a leather-like solid tissue bound to the jaw and tooth. A minimum amount of attached tissue is crucial for the stability of your gums.
  • A loose fragile tissue, called mucosa, which is not bound to the tooth or the jaw.

When the attached tissue is very thin, the area becomes more susceptible to breakdown. Brushing too hard in this area may sometime speed up the breakdown.

Gum tissue breakdown, called recession, results in exposure of the root surface. This process can be progressive and gradually expose more root surface. Severe recessions can jeopardize the long term survival of the tooth.

The recessions can create areas that are difficult to clean. If the areas are not brushed properly, plaque deposits will cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can speed up the breakdown in the area. These areas can also be more sensitive to cold.

Untreated progressive recessions can lead to tooth loss.


Source: Canadian Academy of Periodontology






Periodontal disease and your health


Evidence is now suggesting that periodontal disease can be a risk factor in cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease. People with periodontal disease are at greater risk of heart disease and have twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack than people without periodontal disease.

It is believed that bacteria that cause periodontal disease may cause small blood clots to form that can contribute to clogged arteries and build up of fatty deposits within the heart arteries.

Woman & pregnancy

Periodontal disease has now been shown to be a risk factor for having premature or low birthweight babies. Mothers with periodontal disease may be at a 7 times greater risk for having a premature or low birthweight baby.


Periodontal disease has been known for some time to be interrelated with diabetes. Bleeding gums, bone loss and an increase in pocket depths may be an early indicator of diabetes. Diabetics are more susceptible to periodontal disease and often require more periodontal care than non-diabetic patients.
Periodontal disease activity is often related to the level of control of the diabetic patient’s blood sugar.


Smoking and periodontal disease are linked as well. Smoking reduces the blood supply to the surrounding bone of the tooth.
The intense heat and toxins produced during smoking can also affect the bacterial composition of the mouth and the body’s immune response to periodontal bacteria. Smoking reduces the effect of periodontal therapy regardless of the level of oral hygiene.


Source: Canadian Academy of Periodontology


How to floss ?


How to brush your teeth ?


  1. Control of risk factors
  2. Non-surgical therapy
  3. Periodontal reevaluation
  4. Surgical therapy
  5. Periodontal maintenance


Implants dentaires

Par le Board de la SBP-BVP

When should I see a periodontist ?

Have you been told that you may have periodontal disease and need to see a periodontist? If you have, you probably thought: “What is periodontal disease and why do I need to see a periodontist to have it treated?”

The word “periodontal” refers to the gum tissue and bone around the tooth. Periodontal diseases, also known as gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease is one of the primary causes of adult tooth loss. Also, research has found a relationship between periodontal disease and more serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and preterm low birth weight babies.

Anytime is a good time to see a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation! Sometimes the only way to detect periodontal disease is through a periodontal evaluation. If you notice any symptoms, a periodontal evaluation may be especially important for you! Common symptoms of periodontaldisease include:

  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, such as during brushing and flossing
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Persistent bad breath.

In addition to your periodontal evaluation, when you visit your periodontist, they will conduct acomprehensive risk assessment. There are many risk factors thatmay increase your chances of having periodontal disease such as tobacco use, diabetes, and genetics. If you have any of these risk factors or symptoms, you may want to visit a periodontist. To find a periodontist in your area, visit our website.

By The Board of SBP-BVP


A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive three additional years of education beyond dental school in this specialty. Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and they can also perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help you achieve the smile you desire.

During your first visit, your periodontist will review your complete medical and dental history with you. It is very important for your periodontist to know if you are taking any medications or are being treated for any condition, as it mayaffect your periodontal care. Your gums will be examined to see if there is any gum line recession, and your teeth will be checked to see if any are loose and how the teeth fit together when you bite. Your periodontist will also take a small measuring instrument and place it between your teeth and gums to determine the depth of spaces known as periodontal pockets. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below your gums. If treatment is needed, a periodontist will discuss a treatment plan with you.


By The Board of SBP-BVP