The full course or individual lectures will be open and available to all dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, administrative staff, and students. Lectures in the Series include: [...]
Our Ongoing Research
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).
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.