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The new 2017 AAP classification’ most definitely will facilitate clinicians in making an accurate dental hygiene diagnosis & aid in prognosis. These were elements lacking in the 1999 AAP classification. To fully understand the new classification, one needs to under the characteristics of each of the previous 1999 Periodontal Conditions or at the very least those of gingivitis & periodontitis.

If most of your patients are still getting a “cleaning” vs. 80% going through active nonsurgical periodontal therapy do you really understand the characteristics of gingivitis & periodontitis?

Optimized Hygiene Department = Optimal Patient Outcomes = Practice Growth & Revenue.

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