Gum disease: Detecting periodontitis
According to the Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit, maintaining periodontal health and preventing periodontitis should be based on; detecting periodontitis early using the Basic Periodontitis Examination (BPE) and managing the factors that expose patients to a greater risk of the disease, for example smoking, diabetes and medications.
The 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey found that only 17% of dentate adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had very healthy periodontal tissue and no periodontal disease. This confirms a need for continued patient education regarding gum health.
The Corsodyl distance learner module provides training on periodontal disease, the BPE, and patient management to treat and prevent the condition. It is suitable for the whole dental team to use and is available 24 hours a day.
On top of this, there is no time limit to complete this module and completion of the module can contribute up to 1.5 hours towards verifiable CPD. Visit www.gsk-dentalprofessionals.co.uk now to complete the module. References are available.