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Article: Volume 41 Number 5 Page 467 - June 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 467-469

Periodontics:  Periodontal Disease in General Practice - An Update on the Essentials

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Abstract: Periodontal disease has a wide spectrum of presentation, any of which can have an effect on the patient’s dental well-being and overall quality of life. This sporadic but sometimes rapidly progressing condition can easily be missed in a busy general practice setting. It is essential that the correct diagnosis is made and our duty of care to the patient fulfilled. If the condition, along with the treatment options and appropriate advice, is not explained to the patient, the individual may well feel that he/she has been let down by the professional person trusted over many years.

Clinical relevance: This article discusses the screening and referral of periodontal patients, taking into account the medico-legal challenges that are currently faced by general dental practitioners (GDPs).

Author notes: Reena Wadia, BDS Hons(Lond), MJDF RCS(Eng), StR in Periodontology at Guy’s Hospital, Associate Dentist at Harley Street Dental Group and Woodford Dental Care.

Objective: To outline the current guidelines for the screening and referral of periodontal patients.