New Guidelines for Periodontitis Care

Periodontitis is defined as “inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, often causing shrinkage of the gums and loosening of the teeth.” It is a serious gum infection that actually destroys the bone that supports your teeth. It is serious but also something that is unfortunately very common. It can all be prevented with good oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, mouth rinse and regular dental checkups are essential. The ADA has now issued new guidelines for treating periodontitis.
The July 2015 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association features new ADA clinical practice guidelines and a supporting systematic review regarding the nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by scaling and root planing (SRP) with or without adjuncts. 
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs convened a panel of experts to conduct a systemic review of evidence, resulting in the guidelines.
“Practitioners are confronted with many options for treatment interventions in caring for their patients,” said Dr. Chris Smiley, lead author of the panel. “These guidelines allow clinicians to contrast anticipated outcomes in making care choices that most benefit patients.”
The panel concluded that conventional scaling and root planing should be considered for the initial treatment for patients with chronic periodontitis.
Furthermore, the new guidelines and review reiterate that the value of providing adjunctive therapies in conjunction with SRP must be carefully considered in tailoring individual care recommendations for patients, as few may enhance results beyond what is achieved through SRP alone, Dr. Smiley said.
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