For patients who present in the early stages of periodontal disease, nonsurgical periodontal therapy is often the first line of defense against further disease progression . . . and dentists have access to an entire arsenal of options at their disposal. Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, shares the periodontist’s view with respect to nonsurgical periodontal treatment, as she references the American Dental Association’s clinical practice guidelines and offers her years of experience in the comprehensive management of chronic periodontitis.

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