Article: Volume 46 Number 10 Page 942 - November 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 942-951

Periodontics:  An Update on Non-Surgical Management of Periodontal Diseases

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Abstract: Non-surgical periodontal therapy (NSPT) underpins all other restorative treatment which takes place in the mouth. Therefore a thorough understanding of the process of delivery of effective NSPT and long-term maintenance of periodontal health is essential for every dental practitioner. This article covers the steps involved and discusses the benefits and challenges which may be encountered.

Clinical relevance: This article highlights the benefits and challenges of non-surgical management of periodontal disease and the key role that the patient plays in achieving and maintaining periodontal health.

Author notes: Imogen Midwood, BDS(Bris), MJDF RCS(Eng) MSc(Res), Specialty Registrar in Periodontology, Guy's Dental Hospital, London (email: and Penny Hodge, BDS, PhD, FDS RCS(Ed), Specialist Periodontist, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow Dental School, Glasgow G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To understand the steps involved in the delivery of effective non-surgical management of periodontal disease.


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