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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Sep 27, 2021

On this week’s episode of Fast Facts - Perio Edition Katrina Sanders, RDH dives into AAP staging and grading, opening the conversation by covering stage one periodontitis and how we classify patients that are standing on that border land between gingivitis and periodontitis.




“So typically, when these patients present with clinical attachment loss, I want to be very clear, the AAP in their framework indicates a patient with stage one periodontitis as a patient who has a pocket depth maximum anywhere in the mouth of 4mm.”


“I want to conclude by sharing that this patient has not lost any teeth due to the periodontal disease process and our Academy indicates that stage one periodontally diseased patients have an opportunity for early intervention and monitoring”






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Papapanou, P. N., Sanz, M., Buduneli, N., Dietrich, T., Feres, M., Fine, D. H., ... & Tonetti, M. S. (2018). Periodontitis: Consensus report of workgroup 2 of the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri‐Implant Diseases and Conditions. Journal of periodontology, 89, S173-S182.