May 2021 Social Commentary
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WHAT PARAMETER DO YOU FIND MOST IMPORTANT IN DETECTING PERIODONTAL DISEASES IN YOUR PATIENTS?
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.
If I could only choose one, it would be bleeding on probing because that signifies active inflammation/periodontal disease.
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 Souza, RDH Dimensions Brand Ambassador
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.
The frustrating thing is that these typically measure damage that has already occurred.
Probing depths, bleeding, and X-rays where I am looking for horizontal and vertical bone loss.
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.