Abstract: After seven years of intensive collaboration two of our esteemed Associate Editors leave the Editorial Board. Pierre Baheni from Switzerland and Christiane Demars from Belgium retired from their Faculty appointments and from their role at the EJPD. I am sorry to see them leave, and thank both for their valued contributions. Their substitutes are coming from the same countries: Ivo Krejci from Geneva, Switzerland, and Rita Cauwels from Gent, Belgium. We are confident that they will do a great job for our Journal.
In the present issue we publish papers on various topics about paediatric dentistry (namely the effect of breast feeding on timing of first tooth eruption and the management of natal and neonatal teeth) and its relationship with other specialties, such as orthodontics or periodontology, and also with the general health status.
- Several papers are devoted to orthodontics. In the last issue (EJPD 13/4, 301) we published a research article on the Fršnkel appliance: we now publish another paper about an alternative method devised from a successful collaboration between Iran and Italy. The influence that any changes, as rapid maxillary expansion, might have on sagittal and vertical skeletal cephalometric variables is described; also, occlusal trauma and its relationship on the progression of periodontal destruction are analysed, whereas a case is reported of craniofacial malformations characterised by mesenchimal alterations during jaws development in cherubism.
- The articles focusing on dental caries report on the risk factors associated with its incidence and its relationship with feeding practices as well as the influence on oral and general health status, in particular dental caries, of saliva components in children with Down syndrome.
- Different conservative techniques are also analysed, comparing the effects of materials and methods on primary molars pulpotomy as well as on marginal adaptation of dental restorations.
- Moreover, success and failure causes of fiber reinforced Mariland bridges in young patients are reported.
- Dental trauma is discussed in papers on parentís and sports University studentsí knowledge about its management and in a case report on the reattachment of a fractured tooth.
We strive to offer a variety of subjects to our readers, but in the future we might publish journal issues focused on a main topic, in order to offer different points of view on the same subject.
Eventually, I would like to suggest the ideal length of articles: researches with no more than 15,000 characters, 8 figures and 4 tables; case reports with no more than 5,000 characters and 8 figures.