Chairside Connection: Philips periodontal study and its impact for patients

Jan. 11, 2022
Philips conducted a study about perio care that had "compelling" results. Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, explains the study and how you can apply the results to your practice.

Chairside Connection is going out with a bang this year, and I’m discussing a topic that impacts so many patients: perio health. I was lucky enough to interview Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, who specializes in perio and discusses a recent study from Philips that focuses on perio health.

As a dental hygienist, Jo-Anne realized she could have a big impact on people’s overall health. Periodontitis affects a person’s quality of life, and during these viral days, Jo-Anne says dental pros can help people keep their immune system healthy and quick to respond with proper oral care. Studies are still being done to see what impact good oral health has on preventing COVID-19.

She said the six-month study had compelling results. Philips focused on at-home treatment for perio health, with the goal of impacting 2.5 billion lives per year by 2030. The 336 subjects of the study had either stage 1 or stage 2 perio disease, and were divided into two groups—one using manual toothbrushes and the other using the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean brush with several features, including an app with real-time feedback, reminders, and results that encourage patients to continue with their at-home care.  

Jo-Anne shares some of the results that she says are quite compelling. The study zoomed in on inflammatory markers, which are so important. The results prove how big of an impact proper home care can have on perio health. 

Which leads me to question, why do we even have manual toothbrushes anymore? Watch our chat to find out the results and how you can use them to encourage your patients to practice better home care.

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