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Prevention Over Prevalence: Importance of Interdental Cleaning

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Informed clinicians can help tailor individualized, patientspecific recommendations for effective interdental cleaning.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the prevalence of periodontal disease in the United
    States, and the basic structure of the American Academy of
    Periodontology’s (AAP) disease classification system.
  2. Explain various approaches to interdental cleaning, and how
    the AAP classifications can be used to develop patient-specific
    oral hygiene recommendations.
  3. Discuss clinical strategies to help improve the efficacy of
    patients’ self-care regimens.

This course was issued in August 2020 and expires August 2023. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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