Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that results from complex interactions between the subgingival microbiota and the host immune-inflammatory response, leading to tissue damage that we recognize clinically as disease. Risk factors such as smoking, obesity and diabetes adversely influence this relationship, leading to increased risk. Current knowledge of the inflammatory etiology of periodontitis will be presented, and the importance of risk factor management as a core component of therapy will be discussed. Successful management requires sustained commitment from both the patient and the clinical team, and changing patient behavior to maximize biofilm control is essential to optimize outcomes.
To possess an up to date knowledge of the inflammatory etiopathogenesis of periodontal disease
To be aware of the importance of risk factor management as a fundamental component of periodontal therapy
To understand the importance of changing patient behavior to optimize their self-management
Speaker: Philip Preshaw