The need for updated treatment- and outcomes-based guidelines for periodontal therapy

Periodontitis is a tissue-destructive chronic inflammatory condition that affects approximately 42% of the US population aged 30 through 75 years.1 Based on US Census numbers, this prevalence rate extrapolates to roughly 80,858,400 people. A growing body of evidence indicates the disease to be a significant, yet controllable, risk factor for stroke, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer disease.2 There is a need for basic clinically-based guidelines to assist in determining appropriate treatment and in evaluation of treatment outcomes.

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