Empowerment and support for the management of periodontal disease

According to the AAP,* periodontal therapy should preserve, improve, and maintain the natural dentition, dental implants, periodontium, and peri-implant tissues in the service of oral health. Back to Basics helps you meet these goals, so you can optimize oral care support to put the health of your patients first.1

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Bacteria balance is crucial to oral health

In healthy individuals, there’s a balance between the immune system and the resident bacterial flora on the gingiva.3

Disease occurs when this delicate balance is disturbed. This can lead to tissue damage and destruction.4,5

Red complex bacteria

The role of red complex bacteria (RCB)

RCB are pathogenic microbes that contribute to periodontal disease. They’re found in the gingival sulcus and associated with aggressive forms of periodontal disease.6,7


The perils of plaque

Pathogenic bacteria can band together in plaque to form biofilms.8 The potential for periodontal disease increases in areas that are difficult to access, where biofilms can grow and mature.9,10

Have support on hand for your patient conversations

Use the MyPerioHealth assessment tool to help guide your oral health discussions with patients in the chair.

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*AAP: American Academy of Periodontology.

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