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ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Checklists Help End Periodontal Disease Treatment Frustration

Categories: Periodontics

Author(s): Patti DiGangi

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced


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Checklists Help End Periodontal Disease Treatment Frustration

Educational Objectives

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe and develop a checklist/protocol for recognizing, diagnosing, planning and treating periodontal disease. Image removed by sender.

2. Embrace the idea that we taught our patients that they want to get their ‘teeth cleaned’, and describe how we can now teach them something more. Image removed by sender.

3. List and review key words and phrases that can be used to present treatment options simply, easily and cost effectively to patients.


We used to think we could or should remember everything we needed to know to practice. With the explosion in scientific literature, we need to finally give up on even thinking this is possible. SRP with micro-ultrasonics and the latest instrument technology, antimicrobials, locally administered antibiotics, and referral to the periodontist are all options in treating periodontal disease yet the patient wants ‘just a cleaning.’ This can lead to frustration where you feel really unsure about what to do. All pilots have been taught the importance of using written checklists. Establishing a written checklist/protocol for your individual office, reminders of key steps that can get forgotten or overlooked, can help develop the most effective treatment/flight plan for our patients AND help our patients to want and accept treatment.


COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from OraPharma.

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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