Periodontal Basics: What to Look for to Diagnose Disease Early Before It is Too Late:

With the incidence of periodontitis estimated to affect half of all Americans aged 30 or older, it is important for the dental practitioner to be able to identify the disease process on all patients. Why is periodontal disease not identified early? What factors should a dentist or hygienist look for on all patients at every examination to be able to identify disease?

Learning Objectives:
a. To be able to identify and evaluate intraorally the components in a complete periodontal evaluation including
-Probe depths
-Gingival recession and attachment levels
-Furcation involvements
-Inflammation
-Tooth Mobility
-Occlusal trauma
-Signs of parafunctional habits
-Plaque levels
-Bone levels
-Patient risk factors
b. To be able to diagnose periodontal disease based on the above factors.
c. The moral and legal obligations to diagnose periodontal disease.

  • Course Code: T25
  • Time: 2:00pm-4:59pm
  • Location: Renaissance Main Floor,
  • CE Credit: 3
  • Audience:
  • Seating Taken:
    58%
Ann Hammi Blue

Ann Hammi Blue, DDS

Ann Hammi Blue, D.D.S., M.S. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Perio-dontology and has practiced periodontics and dental implants for 20 years. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Biochemis-try/Cell Biology in 1991 and obtained her D.D.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry in 1996. Following her general den-tal training, Dr. Blue moved to Dallas, Texas to study at the prestigious Baylor College of Dentistry-TAMUS and earned her Certificate in Periodontology and a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology in 1999. In 2000, Dr. Blue completed a lengthy process of board certification attaining diplomate status awarded by the American Board of Periodontology thus achiev-ing the highest level of recognition and certification for dental specialists in the fields of periodontology, implantology and oral plastic surgery. Following her residency, she remained in Dallas, Texas and practiced in private practice while her husband completed his schooling. During this time, she also became the Assistant Director and a Clinical Instructor for the graduate perio-dontics department at Baylor College of Dentistry-TAMUS and taught and lec-tured to both undergraduate dental students and graduate periodontics resi-dents prior to moving to Phoenix. Dr. Blue maintained a large private practice limited to periodontics and dental implants in Phoenix for 7 years; she sold her busy periodontal practice in 2008 to join her husband in Las Vegas while he completed an orthodontic residency. Upon returning to Phoenix, Dr. Blue started her current practice limited to perio-dontics and dental implants in 2010. Dr. Blue is very active in local and nation-al dental societies. Dr. Blue’s current service positions include: *President for the Central Arizona Dental Society *The Arizona Liaison to the American Board of Periodontology *Delegate to the Arizona Dental Association House of Delegates *Membership Chair for the Central Arizona Dental Association *Oral Conscious Sedation Examiner for the Arizona Dental Board Dr. Blue’s many past service positions include past Treasurer to the Arizona So-ciety of Periodontology (10 year duration) and Arizona Representative for the Western Society of Periodontology. In 2018, Dr. Blue was honored by being inducted as a Fellow for of the Interna-tional College of Dentists as well. Dr. Blue grew up in Michigan and California and met her husband, Dr. Dan Blue, during her periodontics residency at Baylor College of Dentistry-TAMUS in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Dan is a dual-trained, orthodontist and prosthodontist, and has two practices limited to orthodontics for children and adults. She and her husband are the proud parents of three bright and energetic young children ag-es 12, 10 and 6. They enjoy living an active lifestyle in Phoenix and take ad-vantage of the many opportunities available to them. The Blues are very active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, school activities and enjoy cooking and volun-teering. When not busy with her family or her practice (a rare occurrence these days), Dr. Ann also enjoys running and can be seen at many local races.

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