Our Ongoing Research

Follow-Up Study

Our previously published study, on which this follow-up study was based, found that a diet higher in fruits and vegetables, beta-carotene, vitamin C, alpha-tocopherol and fish oils was positivitely associated with acute periodontal healing after deep periodontal cleaning. As a follow-up, the objective of the current study is to determine the long-term benefits of deep cleaning, that is followed by routine maintenance hygiene cleanings, on periodontal outcomes and how dietary intakes of specific foods and food components are associated with these outcomes of gum health.

Dry Mouth and Periodontal Disease Study

Prescription medications, radiation therapy and systemic diseases are common factors that contribute to a dry oral environment, which is a risk factor for periodontal disease.  Even with this known link, there is a limited amount of literature on the influence of dry mouth and periodontal health in patients who regularly receive periodontal maintenance.  Therefore, Taylor Sparrow RDH is seeking to determine if patients with dry mouth have altered periodontal outcomes (things like probing depth, plaque percentage, sites that bleed upon gentle probing, gingival tissue appearance, among other factors).

Ultrasonics Study

Periodontitis is a chronic oral infection that results in the breakdown of the tissues and bone that support the teeth.  Deep cleaning is the primary treatment option for patients with generalized chronic periodontitis.  However, the hand-held instrumentation used for these deep cleaning appointments requires continuous sharpening for optimal performance, which introduces a tremendous variability.  Ultrasonic instrumentation does not require sharpening.  Therefore, the primary objective of this study is to determine if similar improvements in periodontal indicies can be achieved using ultrasonic instrumentation alone versus ultrasonic instrumentation in conjunction with hand-held instrumentation.

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Knowledge Translation

Periodontal Classification
The New Global Classification System for Periodontal and Peri-Implant Disease: An Executive Summary for the Busy Dental Professional - Oral Health, October 2018Written by: Peter C. Fritz, Wendy E. Ward, & Amanda B. Longo
Common Sources of Radiation
A Rapid Review on Radiation and CBCT in Dental Practice - Oral Health, October 2018Written by: Amanda B. Longo & Peter C. Fritz
Protein rich food sources
Nutrition Update: Dietary Protein for Periodontal Health - Oral Health, October 2018Written by: Wendy E. Ward & Peter C. Fritz
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Oral Health, Nutritional Choices, and Dental Fear and AnxietyWritten by: Jennifer R. Beaudette, Peter C. Fritz, Philip J. Sullivan & Wendy E. Ward
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The Dental Hygiene Periodontal Residency Program: A Novel Program Developing Future Leaders of TomorrowWritten by: Peter C. Fritz, Carolyn Triemstra, Amanda B. Longo, Taylor Sparrow & Wendy E. Ward