Special Issue "Research in Oral Health and Systemic Health: A Themed Issue Honoring Professor Jukka H. Meurman"

A special issue of Dentistry Journal (ISSN 2304-6767). This special issue belongs to the section "Oral Hygiene, Periodontology and Peri-implant Diseases".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jukka H. Meurman
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Honoring Guest Editor
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, PB 63 (Biomedicum, Haartmaninkatu 8), 00014 Helsinki, Finland
Interests: oral infection; systemic health; probiotics; candida, saliva, periodontal disease

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dentistry Journal is very pleased to host a Special Issue honoring Professor Jukka H. Meurman for his outstanding achievements in the association between oral infections and general health.

Dr. Meurman is professor emeritus of oral infectious diseases at the University of Helsinki and head physician at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. He is the author or co-author of hundreds of peer-reviewed original research publications, several textbooks and textbook chapters, mainly focusing on the various aspects of oral health and systemic health and in oral microbiology. He has received several honours and science awards like the Distinguished Scientist Award by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Dr. Meurman is Doctor honoris causa in the Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France (2004), the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (2007), and the Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2009).  He is member ad hominis of the Royal Society of Surgeons, Edinburgh (FDSRCS), and invited member of the German Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences (ML). He is currently Chair of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters and President of the Council of Finnish Academies. He is member of the Executive Committee for Health of the Inter-Academies Platform (IAP). Dr. Meurman was President of the IADR in 2016–2017.  He is an assessor of research and education at several universities: Dresden, Geneva, Karolinska Institute (Stockholm), Oslo, Amsterdam, Turku, Basel, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Since the late 1980s the role of oral infections in systemic diseases has been discussed in a magnitude of research reports—although the concept as such derives from Ancient Egypt. Modern research has shown statistical associations between poor oral health and many systemic diseases. Periodontitis and cardiovascular diseases have been an especially hot topic in this regard. However, it seems that oral infections may provide a link to practically all systemic diseases studied. For example, recent investigations have explored these associations in connection with malignancies and dementia where also respective significant associations have been found. The common nominator in all these entities is the low-grade chronic inflammation triggered by oral and dental infections. The upregulation of cytokines and inflammatory mediators both locally and systemically explains the end-organ pathology, such as atherosclerosis or malignant transformation. The present series of articles summarizes current knowledge about oral infections and various systemic diseases, while also discussing questions of causality.

Dentistry Journal is inviting papers covering innovative scientific/clinical research, reviews, articles from all relevant fields of oral health and systemic health.

Prof. Dr. Jukka H. Meurman
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • oral infections
  • periodontal disease
  • general health
  • pathogenic mechanisms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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