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Periodontal-Systemic Influences in the 2017 Classification of Periodontitis
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This is a course originally presented at the ADA 2020 Virtual Connect Conference.

Understanding how periodontal-systemic science was incorporated into the new (2017) system for classifying periodontitis is essential in implementing these new guidelines. This course starts by providing a cut-to-the-chase overview of many periodontal-systemic links including several new ones under investigation. It then explores how a number of factors influence the rate of periodontal disease destruction, the future risk of further disease activity and how treatment may impact overall health. Also discussed is a new therapeutic target for patients with a reduced periodontium (after initial therapy) and that is low disease activity and modifying factors.

Presenter: Casey Hein, president of Casey Hein & Associates, LLC

Learning objectives:
Explain the biological mechanisms implicated in the inflammatory pathway linking periodontal disease to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pneumonia complications of pregnancy and other links under investigation
• Identify patients who are inflammatory primed and determine how this may influence their risk or progression of periodontal deterioration
• Identify patients’ periodontal risk factors and implement continuous risk assessment to assess periodontal stability

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