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PERIODONTITIS: A Destructive and
Life-Threatening Microbial Disease

A Free  Dental CE Webinar  hosted by Dental CE Academy

On Demand Dental CE Webinar 

Scroll below for course description and instructions


COURSE FEE:  Complimentary Access

CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 3 credits

DURATION: 3.5 hours

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE:  490 Periodontics

MODE: Electronically Mediated | On Demand Webinar | Recorded March 22, 2024. Review March 23, 2025.

SPEAKER(s): Lawrence R. Page, DDS, MS


AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google Chrome Browser


  1. Watch the above recorded lecture. Do not fast forward, you may pause and resume at your own pace.

  2. Tap Here and Download the Handout

  3. Tap Here and Complete the Quiz for CE Credit

  4. Tap Here to request assistance with CE credit 

  5. CE credit verification will be sent to you from Dental CE Academy, within 15 minutes of successful completion.

COURSE SUMMARY: In addition to destroying support for teeth, pathogenic periodontal microorganisms cause life-threatening systemic problems.  Two of the most aggressive red-complex microorganisms are found in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims.  At least one periodontal pathogen, Fusobacteria nucleatum, has been identified as a carcinogen for colon cancer.  There are many other systemic diseases correlated with the presence of periodontal pathogens including increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.


The absence or very low acceptable levels of periodontal pathogens is definitive for lack of periodontal destruction and appears to allow at least a degree of healing. Routine treatment for periodontitis ignores monitoring for pathogenic microorganisms to determine disease-control success at all at-risk sites.  In fact, our routine treatment recommendations of flossing, using spinning brushes, scrubbing techniques and polishing can cause significant damage to teeth, supporting bone, esthetics and will not prevent pathogenic periodontal infections.  


In this webinar, we will cover effective methods for monitoring pathogenic infections as well as identify specific sites at high-risk.  We will also cover techniques for patients to effectively destroy pathogenic biofilms, even in deep pockets with minimum friction methods. 


  1. Define periodontitis

  2. Describe the prevalence and growing concern of periodontitis

  3. Understand the etiology of periodontitis

  4. List periodontitis risk factors

  5. Formulate a periodontitis diagnosis 

  6. Summarize treatment options for periodontitis 

Lawrence R. Page, DDS, PhD

Lawrence R. Page, DDS, PhD

Full-time Periodontist and Clinical Professor

Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology 

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

Dr. Larry Page is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  After completing service in the Air Force, he completed a PhD (doctorate) in microbiology at the University of Maryland.  Concurrently he completed a residence in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.


While teaching Oral Pathology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry he was offered the opportunity to take the Periodontology residence while continuing to teach.  He has been a tenured associate professor at both the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland.  More recently, he has been a part-time clinical professor in the Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.  Dr. Page has been a full-time periodontist in Columbia and Ellicott City Maryland for the last 41 years.

DISCLOSURE OF SPEAKER AND FACULTY COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS:  According to Dental CE Academy's Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Policy, faculty and speakers for any course are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in each course description and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: This course is sponsored by OraTec Corporation.  The speaker has not received an honorarium for this presentation, and declares no financial relationship with OraTec Corporation.  For written documentation contact


DENTAL CE ACADEMY DISCLOSURE: The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these live and recorded presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Dental CE Academy.  Dental CE Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers. Any suggested protocols for treatment, materials, or services may be based up on the speakers' own clinican experience and should not be construed as Dental CE Academy recommended or endorsed. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.  Dental CE Academy appreciates its educators who share their knowledge and expertise. This level of dedication to dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding. 

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