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ADA brochures break down periodontal disease for patients

Patients hear a lot of information when they visit the dentist and for some it may be difficult to retain it all simply through rote memory. So when the diagnosis is something as serious as periodontal disease, it's a good idea to call for backup.

The ADA series of periodontal disease brochures may be all the reinforcement that's needed.

Here are three that cover the topic from different patient education vantage points:

• Periodontal Disease: Don't Wait Until It Hurts (W121) is a primer covering the causes, prevention and risk factors to treatment and post-treatment care. The brochure explains periodontal probing and  the role of X-rays in diagnosis. The cost for members is $30 for 50 brochures; the cost for nonmembers is $45 for 50 brochures.

• Scaling and Root Planing: Treatments for Periodontal Disease (W613) addresses how all aspects of treatment come together—and why re-care appointments and home care are so essential for keeping one's natural teeth. The brochure points out how certain systemic diseases can heighten the risk for developing more severe forms of periodontal disease. The cost for members is $27 for 50 brochures; nonmember cost is $40.50 for 50 brochures.

• Periodontal Maintenance: Preserve the Progress You Have Made (W263) details maintenance therapy and reinforces the message that periodontal patients need more frequent visits than other patients.

The cost for members is $27 for 50 brochures; nonmember cost is $40.50 for 50 brochures.

Purchase any of these brochures or any ADA Catalog products by March 31 and save 15 percent using promotional code 13103.

Visit adacatalog.org or call 1-800-947-4746 for more information.