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While the success rate of implant therapy remains high, the prevalence of implant related complications is on the rise.

Strategies to Prevent Peri-Implant Diseases

While the success rate of implant therapy remains high, the prevalence of implant-related complications is on the rise. As such, clinicians must be versed in recognizing the etiologies, risk factors, and prevention and treatment strategies for periimplant diseases. Developed in partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology and sponsored by Colgate, the continuing education article “Trends in the Prevention of Peri-Implant Diseases” discusses the peri-implant disease diagnosis, components of the cumulative interceptive supportive therapy protocol, and the American College of Prosthodontists’ new guidelines on implant maintenance. This article is written by Akshay Kumarswamy, BDS, MS, of East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina.

Supporting The Oral Health of Patients with Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. In order to support both the oral and systemic health of this patient population, dental and medical professionals must work together to implement a multidisciplinary approach. This subject is investigated in greater detail in this issue’s Sunstar Spotlight, “Improving the Health of Patients with Diabetes,” sponsored by Sunstar Americas Inc. Written by Ka Hei Karen Lau, MS, RD, LDN, CDE—a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston—this article discusses the intimate relationship between diabetes and oral health. Explored is the role of nutrition in improving patient outcomes, diabetes as a risk factor for periodontal diseases, and the work of the Joslin Diabetes Center and Joslin-Sunstar Diabetes Education Initiative in raising awareness of the oral-systemic link. Read the full article here.


From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. May 2016;14(05):16.

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