Supragingival plaque revisited and the consequences for periodontal therapy
Since supragingival plaque was implicated in gingivitis development, the concept of a random deposition of microorganisms on teeth has been questioned by the “dental biofilms/oral microbiome” concept. Consequently, the host response has been re-discussed as well. Because gingivitis is implicated in the genesis of periodontitis, the extent to which supragingival control impacts periodontitis treatment and the maintenance of periodontal health is of utmost importance to oral health professionals. This presentation will explore gingivitis and periodontitis as a retro-feeding process through an in-depth assessment of the available evidence and discuss periodontal therapy proposals.
Associate Professor at the Dental Faculty, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry (UFRGS) and PhD in Periodontics (São Paulo State University-Araraquara)
Coordinator of the Integrated Residency in Oral Health-Periodontics (UFRGS and Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre)
Permanent Professor of the Post-Graduation Program of the Dental Faculty -UFRGS
Professor at the School of Medicine, UFRGS.