Abstract: The relationship between Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in childhood is a well-known established fact, and in the present issue we present our readers with some interesting papers on this topic.
The upcoming International Orthodontic Congress, held in Florence (Italy), gives the opportunity to publish several articles of Italian authors, which emphasise the interest of the Italian dental community in this topic. We have also other articles on orthodontics approved for publication but, due to space constraints, they will be published in future EJPD issues.
During fixed orthodontic therapy, the integrity of the enamel should be protected: we publish articles on oral hygiene coming from Israel and Serbia and papers on brackets bonding to prevent formation of white spot lesions from Italy, Iran and Jordan. As underscored in the papers of the Italian authors, early diagnosis and identification of the cause of malocclusions are crucial to a timely orthodontic treatment, as well as treatment timing and technique.
Childhood represents an ideal time to act in favour of child health and to put in place preventive and interceptive measures. In some cases, treatment with removable appliances and a good compliance of the child is a useful option, which also entails an important reduction of costs, especially in countries with economic problems.
Last but not least, malocclusions and related disorders in childhood reinforce the link between Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry.
Exceptionally, in this issue we publish four case reports which focus on orthodontics, to include more papers on the same topic. One of them is short and written as a good case report should.
Lastly, we are extremely glad to inform readers that the impact factor of our European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry reached the score of 0.435 as reported by the Journal of Citation Reports published by Thomson in June. The impact factor was confirmed for all four paediatric dental journals already listed, but only two of them saw their score increased: EJPD went from 0.359 to 0.435 and the J Clin Ped Dent from 0.424 to 0.444.