Contemporary Dental Hygiene:
Cleaning Teeth or Providing Periodontal Treatment?
If you are cleaning teeth all day long it's time to re-visit
your job. A dental hygienist is a periodontal therapist. You are the
in the office responsible for the maintenance
and health of the periodontium of the patients. If you are not spending
some time every day performing
scaling and root planing with local anesthesia,
you should be. This course is a jump-start to providing more comprehensive
and better periodontal
care for your existing patients.
- Periodontal diagnosis: the new patient exam.
- The relationship between periodontal disease
and serious health problems:
Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke,
Ulcers, Pre-Term Births.
Initial preparation: the "how to" of scaling and root planing.
- Taking appropriate radiographs: FMX vs. Panoramic.
- Scheduling for periodontal maintenance: 3, 4, 6 months?
- Reevaluation for continued periodontal health.
- Local chemotherapeutic agents:
Actisite fibers; Perio Chip; Atridox gel; Arestin microspheres; Periostat
Do these work? Will they
take the place of "conventional" treatment?
Half-day course recommended for dental hygienists.
Dr. Marty Nager is a board certified
periodontist with a private practice
in Warwick and Narragansett, Rhode
He is a former assistant clinical
professor at Boston University School
of Dental Medicine
and instructor at the University
of Rhode Island School of Dental Hygiene.
a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy,
and is a fellow in the International
College of Dentistry. He is a past
the Rhode Island Dental Association.
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