Risk Factors and Treatment of Periodontitis
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After listening to and reviewing this podcast, the listener should:
- Gain an understanding of the risk factors that increase the chances of developing periodontitis
- Understand different treatment options for periodontitis
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease whose
progression is dependent on the response of the affected host body. Since the
gingiva is in a constant balance between pathological wounding by the bacterial
plaque and wound healing, any metabolic disturbance, such as diabetes, in the
host compromises tissue repair and healing and accelerates the progression of
periodontitis. However, significant differences in the clinical parameters
between diabetic and nondiabetic patients have not been established. A 3-year
long study of diabetes mellitus patients determined that the duration of the
diabetic condition and a patient's metabolic control may affect the onset of
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