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Risk Assessment in Periodontology – Systemic Risk Factors course for Dental Practice

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery,elfh,NHS

This session will provide a basic education in risk factors, risk predictors and indicators, which ultimately enable the clinician to assess risk at the patient level. It will define basic terminology and discuss the different types of risk factors for periodontitis, including their mechanisms of action. The session will also introduce digital (computer) risk assessment software and take the practitioner through one such system in a practical case study.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the prerequisites for assigning the term ‘true risk factor’ to an exposure
  • List the critical stages in the development of periodontal tissue destruction, and how these relate to risk factors that patients are exposed to
  • Identify the key risk factors for periodontitis and the evidence base for each
  • Describe the basic mechanisms that underpin the principle risk factors for periodontitis
  • Describe the principles of risk assessment
  • Recognise the benefits of online risk assessment tools

Inflammatory periodontal diseases are amongst the most prevalent chronic diseases of humans, and a major cause of tooth loss. Patients vary greatly in their risk for developing disease, and risk assessment has become a fundamental component of modern preventive practice.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should have completed the following e-Den session in Module 04 Periodontal Disease and Management:

  • Aetiology of Periodontal Disease/Micro and Macro Anatomy of the Periodontal Tissues (141-0160)
Instructors / Speakers
Iain Chapple,
Dentist, Birmingham

Iain Chapple BDS, FDSRCPS, FDSRCS, PhD, CCST (Rest Dent), is currently Professor of Periodontology and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Birmingham Dental School and Hospital. He is a former Scientific Editor of the BDJ and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontal Research, and an editorial board member of Periodontology 2000 and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Iain is the Periodontal Editor of a series of seven textbooks by Quintessence and author of six of these.

He was President of the International Association for Dental Research Periodontal Research Group (2006-2007), former Chairman of the British Society for Dental Research (BSDR) Periodontal Research Group and Chair of the BSDR’s Strategic Review Committee for Oral and Dental Research. He is the clinical lead for a hospital specialist periodontal service with a referral base of over six million. He also leads a periodontal research team active in the investigation of host-microbial interface and pathobiological aspects of periodontal disease diagnosis and development. Currently, he is also Treasurer of the European Federation of Periodontology.

Mike Milward,
Dentist, Birmingham

Mike Milward BDS, MFDS, DGDP, ILT is Clinical Lecturer in Periodontology at Birmingham Dental School and an Honorary Associate Specialist.

He qualified in Microbiology and worked initially in hospital microbiology diagnostics before undertaking his BDS at Birmingham School of Dentistry, where he qualifed in 1993. He worked in general practice and held various hospital appointments before completing both MFDS and MFGDP exams of the joint Royal Colleges. After part-time teaching posts in Oral Surgery and Restorative Dentistry, he became Lecturer in Periodontology in 1999.

He is currently in the process of completing his PhD. His research interests include the role of pocket epithelium in periodontal disease, and periodontal diseases in the older patient. He is active in a number of clinical trials as an examiner.

His interests include dental education, being involved in developing teaching strategies within the School of Dentistry as well as being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the British Society of Periodontology Education Committee.

Risk Assessment in Periodontology – Systemic Risk Factors course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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