Characteristics of Periodontal Disease
THE NEXT DDS
After listening to this podcast, the listener should:
- Understand the symptoms and characteristics associated with periodontal disease
- Know how to identify and diagnose periodontal disease in patients
Recent epidemiological research has yielded important
information that has improved clinicians' understanding of periodontal disease.
Analysis of these results is difficult to interpret, however, due to the
variety of diseases, epidemiological measurements and methods, and sample
populations under evaluation. The dental professional must perform a meticulous clinical
examination in order to recognize the symptoms and effects of inflammation and
to determine the differential diagnosis of normal gingiva, gingival infection,
and periodontal disease. Early recognition of gingival and periodontal signs
may prevent the disease from developing into a more severe condition.
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