Vermont Dental Conference

Program 4  ​Top Trends in Periodontology

Rebecca S. Wilder, BSDH, MS     3 CEUs/Clinical
Audience Code: H, A

This program will answer important questions asked by dental hygienists regarding evidence based practice of periodontal patients.  Included will be an overview of the latest topics of interest in the field of periodontology such as risk assessment, oral-systemic disease, new equipment for nonsurgical therapy, and current therapies that have the most evidence for use in contemporary practice.   Each participant will leave the program with web resources that will enhance the everyday practice of dental hygiene and assist them as they practice according to an evidence based philosophy.

Program Objectives:

  • Describe current evidence about oral-systemic disease
  • Describe current evidence regarding best practices for assessing risk for periodontal disease
  • Discuss evidence based therapies to use for nonsurgical periodontal therapy
  • Describe the latest instruments and equipment available for nonsurgical care of patients
  • Discuss laser therapies and other technologies for periodontal care of patients
  • Describe the evidence regarding antibiotics and antimicrobials for the treatment of periodontal disease including systemic, topical (mouth rinses, pastes) and controlled-release products
  • Use of antioxidants, probiotics and other new therapies for improved oral health