As most dental professionals agree, it was time for an update to the periodontal classification and grading system. We got this update in 2017.
However, the incorporation of this update could be a threat to dental hygiene in Germany.
Firstly, the new classification system uses many factors in a diagnosis. This helps us improve the treatment of periodontal disease.
It also gives us a more systemic view of how periodontal disease functions.
Since change seems to come at a much slower pace in Europe than in the U.S., it’s not surprising that after three years, it still has not been adopted in Germany.
However, starting on 1 July 2021, the German dental community will officially adopt the new classification system. It will also include insurance coverage for supportive therapies.
According to reports, this integration is a “win-win” for patients and dentists.
So, why would such a promising development be a threat to dental hygiene in Germany?