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    PERIODONTAL ISSUE - December 2020

    Monday, January 11, 2021

    2020 ‘Get Rid of it Challenge' with Periodontal Disease.

    Lynne H. Slim, RDH, MS

    Throughout 2020, dental professionals were given the opportunity to make sensible changes in protocols, including nonsurgical periodontal protocols. ‘Out with the Old’, and in with the new instrumentation techniques which mean cutting back on hand instrumentation.

    Well-performed nonsurgical periodontal therapy may limit the need for additional treatment procedures which most patients avoid due to higher costs and increased morbidity.

    A quality improvement project to assess the use of visual aids to improve understanding and motivation in periodontal patients.
    Pushpa Momin & Sophina Mahmood
    A quality improvement project was carried out in a General Dental Practice in London. The aim was to improve understanding and motivation in periodontal patients.

    Research into interventions in the medical field to improve understanding and motivation amongst patients, lead to the idea of using visual aids to help motivate periodontal patients and to improve their understanding of the disease. The results from the first Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle using visual aids are presented. After the use of visual aids, patients felt more motivated in maintaining good oral hygiene, felt the visual aids improved their understanding of gum disease and how to take care of their gums and teeth. One hundred percent of patients preferred their diagnosis to be explained to them with visual aids.

    Arestin® Learning Capsule

    Learn how to control periodontal disease by knowing more about Arestin in this short learning capsule.

    Arestin®, a locally administered antibiotic with 1mg of minocycline helps kill bacteria, scaling and root planing (SRP) may leave behind.

    The innovative microsphere technology that comes with Arestin® allows the antibiotic to remain active in an infected periodontal pocket for an extended period of time.
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