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Periodontal disease brochures updated for patient education

March 05, 2012 As patient education needs evolve, so do ADA patient education materials. Three best-selling patient education brochures on fighting periodontal disease have been revised with the most current content from ADA experts.

The updated brochures are:

  • Periodontal Disease: Don’t Wait Until It Hurts—a best-seller addressing periodontal disease causes, prevention, risk factors, treatment and post-treatment care featuring new graphics, photos and diagrams of the main stages of the disease (W121).
  • Periodontal Maintenance: Preserve the Progress You Have Made—advises patients on post-treatment maintenance steps, including more frequent dental appointments (W263).
  • Scaling and Root Planing: Periodontal Therapy Without Surgery—features new graphics on scaling and root planing and how these treatments enable reattachment and healing (W613).

Dr. Stephen Ho, a general practice dentist in Honolulu, keeps his patients in the know about the dangers of periodontal disease using brochures from the ADA.

“I have been using them for the past 20 years, and these are about the best ones I’ve seen yet,” he said.

Dr. Ho said that use of the new periodontal brochures “has doubled my patients’ acceptance of treatment.”

In his experience, patients are demanding more information about prescribed care.

“Patients nowadays do not accept any kind of treatment until they have a thorough understanding of the problem,” Dr. Ho said. “Gone are the days where we just simply say, 'You have periodontal disease. Please make an appointment”.

Each updated periodontal disease brochure is available on the new e-catalog site,, at a 15 percent discount for ADA members using promotional code 12207.

For more information, call 1-800-947-4746.