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7 Steps to the Nonsurgical Treatment of Periodontitis

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This protocol focuses on modifying risk factors, facilitating decisions about the use of antibiotics, and recommending appropriate oral hygiene measures.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify the goals of nonsurgical periodontal therapy (NSPT).
  2. Discuss the seven-step protocol for NSPT.
  3. List the challenges that may arise when implementing this protocol and note when a surgical approach should be considered.

This course was published in the November 2018 issue and expires November 2021. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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