Reconnecting Practicing Hygienists with the Nation's Leading Educators and Researchers.

May 2021 Social Commentary

Like Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Facebook page to share your thoughts on posted questions.

WHAT PARAMETER DO YOU FIND MOST IMPORTANT IN DETECTING PERIODONTAL DISEASES IN YOUR PATIENTS?

Victoria K. McQueen, LDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter

It’s never just one thing—always a combination of the top three: clinical presentation, perio charting, and radiographs. Then add self-care, systemic diagnoses, medication usage, physical limitations, environmental conditions, etc.


Jo Anne Maurer, RDH, BSDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter

If I could only choose one, it would be bleeding on probing because that signifies active inflammation/​periodontal disease.


Ashley HopeAshley Hope, CRDH, CDA Dimensions Brand Ambassador

Bleeding on probing for active infection whether it’s periodontal disease or gingivitis. But clinical attachment loss gives the best indication for overall periodontal history.


Julianne SouzaJulianne Souza, RDH Dimensions Brand Ambassador
@thewanderingtoothfairy

Radiographs, clinical attachment loss, and periodontal probing depths are helpful for identifying bone levels and loss of periodontal support around teeth. Bleeding on probing, plaque score, and tissue tone/​appearance helps detect current, active periodontal diseases.


Paige SeaborgPaige Seaborg, RDH, BSDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter

The frustrating thing is that these typically measure damage that has already occurred.


Ana WarrenAna Warren, RDH, BS Dimensions Facebook Commenter

Probing depths, bleeding, and X-rays where I am looking for horizontal and vertical bone loss.


Logan SchiefersteinLogan Schieferstein, RDH, BSDH  Dimensions Facebook Commenter

Probing depths, bleeding on probing, and X-rays are the three main factors I consider.


From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. May 2021;19(5):13.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy