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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

DIAGNOSTICS at Your Earliest Convenience: A Discussion of Disease Prevention

Categories: Health and Medical Topics, Periodontics, Restorative Dentistry

Author(s): Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced


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Educational Objectives

Effective Identification and Prevention of Disease 

The overall goal of this course is to provide information on the 2017 American Academy of Periodontology Classifications regarding gingival diseases, stage I periodontitis, and review case selection, protocols, and common chronic systemic diseases that impact oral disease. After completing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Describe 2017 AAP Classifications as they relate to gingival diseases and early stage I periodontitis
2. Identify appropriate case selection and protocols for managing gingival diseases and early stage I periodontitis
3. Review common chronic systemic diseases that are exacerbated by the presence of oral disease
4. Discern contraindications in treating gingival diseases and risks of substandard therapy
5. Demonstrate appropriate patient communication techniques in delivering treatment recommendations for the management of gingival diseases.


In 2017, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) redefined the way dental professionals classify, or rather “stage,” diseases of the periodontium. With the understanding of the nature of chronic diseases, the AAP created a new set of stages and grades to better help the dental professional effectively identify and treat early and advanced disease. In the release of these stages, dental professionals have now transitioned into healthcare professionals whose clinical paradigms focus around the timely identification and effective prevention of disease. This article discusses the clinical and histologic parameters of early gingival and periodontal diseases, common chronic systemic

diseases as they relate to oral disease, and currently available therapies for the management of these diseases. As a healthcare professional, learn how clearer and more concise diagnostics will align your periodontal model to more effectively prevent and treat disease while supporting patients in evidence-based care.

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

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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