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    3. Create a hygiene protocol

    Perform full-mouth periodontal charting on every adult patient every year; recording all six depths for each tooth. Record all recession, mobility, bleeding points and furcation-involvement, with a follow-up at every re-care appointment. As healthcare providers and educators, we can find disease in its early stages and control or arrest it. We get a wealth of information from periodontal probing. It is of profound importance that we follow-up to ensure that disease is not progressing. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control provided the following data about the prevalence of periodontal disease in the United States, “47.2 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.”

    With that data alone, we know that many patients need regular periodontal charting to screen for periodontal disease. Once you categorize where your patients truly lie on the spectrum of oral health, you can create a hygiene protocol for your practice. This means you can provide non-surgical periodontal therapy/SRP as well as frequent re-care, as patients actually require. The dentist will be happy that the patients are receiving the best care and are being treated frequently.


    Avalene Roberts
    Avalene is a registered dental hygienist and founder of the dental staffing and marketing company DDS Connections.


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