Dental Academy

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Management of the Periodontal patient

  • Date: 11 May 2018
  • Time: 9am - 1pm
  • Speaker(s): Ms Marina Harris BSc (Hons), LLM, FHEA, RDH and Dr Sarah Hartridge BDS FDSRCS PhD FHEA
  • Cost: 40.00
  • Hours: 3.5

Undiagnosed and untreated periodontal disease is one of the fastest growing areas of litigation. Clinicians need to assign a correct ‘working’ diagnosis to a periodontal patient in order to produce an effective treatment plan. Clinicians also need to understand the significance of biofilm control in the treatment of periodontal disease. This CPD activity will explore the management of patients with periodontal problems.

Specific aims:

  1. To help clinicians deliver effective periodontal care to patients in practice.
  2. To help clinicians overcome some of the obstacles to non-surgical treatment of cases in the primary care NHS setting.
  3. To help clinicians motivate and empower patients towards better periodontal health using behavioural change methods.


  1. To consider how the assessment of risk factors in patients with periodontal disease may affect clinical management.
  2. To explain non-surgical periodontal principles and how to utilise skill mix in the management of periodontal disease.
  3. To explain the importance of dental plaque biofilms for oral and dental disease, and the motivational aspects of treatment.
  4. To discuss periodontal treatment outcomes and maintenance care for treated patients.
  5. To discuss treatment approaches and selection criteria for referral of patients in need of periodontal treatment in a secondary care setting.

Development Outcome: C (Clinical areas of study), D (Ethical and legal issues)