In 1347, 12 galleys docked at a Sicilian port after a long journey through the Black Sea. In medieval times, ships routinely left port and traveled to faraway lands to trade not just goods, but theologies, philosophies, technologies and culture.
The latest statistics on the prevalence of periodontal disease in the United States are startling. The CDC states that 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. These findings are based on a comprehensive study conducted in 2009 and 2010, and published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research.
Warning: What you are about to read will not be candy coated to be politically correct or apologetic about exposing the truth about a dirty little secret that is so widely accepted in the dental profession that it has become an accepted and even comfortable inconvenient truth. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on a defective methodology so pervasive and unchallenged in dentistry it is the gold standard … and yet is not even common sense. It’s time to raise the bar by raising awareness about this dirty little secret.