In his “Making the Oral-Systemic Connection” blog from DentistryIQ, Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, says, “When we provide periodontal treatment with an aim of pocket depth reduction, etc., we are treating pocket numbers rather than the disease itself. The pocket numbers are just manifestations of the disease process. How can you treat the cause of the disease without identifying it? How can you monitor disease resolution without measuring it? The aim of periodontal disease treatment is bacterial reduction! Improvement in the clinical signs of the disease will always follow.”

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