Periodontal disease and your patient
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Periodontal disease and your patient

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Patients will generally be unaware they have gingivitis – so your relationship with them and your recommendations for oral care becomes even more important. Understanding how someone perceives periodontal disease can help inform the best ways to approach communication with them about management.

In a survey of perceptions of periodontal disease conducted in 1,200 patients in France in 2018, it was found that the most commonly noticed symptom is bleeding gums.


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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.