Periodontal disease: Working together to reduce claims


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Combining our expertise on the clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of periodontitis, and the dento-legal aspects that surround it, the British Society of Periodontology (BSP) and the DDU have produced a series of short CPD modules to help you improve patient care and reduce the risk of a claim.

The modules will help you learn more about periodontal disease: how to assess, diagnose, treat and manage it. They are designed to quiz you, assess your knowledge and identify any gaps. On completion you can download a certificate for verifiable CPD.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course learners will be able to:

  • understand the importance of communicating effectively with patients
  • appreciate the value of motivational interviewing techniques
  • understand the need for a detailed history for periodontal patients
  • appreciate the importance of obtaining consent when managing patients with periodontal disease
  • know how to use the Basic Periodontal Examination efficiently and effectively
  • be aware of how to assess patients' periodontal conditions accurately, clinically and radiographically
  • understand how to diagnose periodontal conditions in detail
  • know how to formulate effective periodontal treatment plans
  • understand ways of producing patient behaviour change
  • appreciate different treatment methods in periodontics
  • understand what to expect from periodontal therapy
  • know how to assess treatment response and decide on further treatment options
  • understand the roles of antimicrobials and surgery in periodontics
  • understand when it is appropriate to consider specialist referral
  • understand the role and importance of supportive periodontal therapy.



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