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Increase Gingival Recession Awareness With Online Tools and Resources

Posted: August 10, 2015

Increasing patient awareness about gingival recession susceptibility and modifiable conditions is an indispensable first step for an effective management and prevention program.

In addition to being examined and advised by their dentists and dental hygienists, independent self-discovery by patients is often a strong motivator for adopting preventive-oriented lifestyle choices and accepting treatment interventions that better manage and prevent dental problems.

Introducing My Gum Recession Analyzer and Gum Recession FAQ

Gum Recession FAQ at, addresses frequently asked questions about gingival recession. Its use will increase patient knowledge and can improve/streamline chairside communications and consultations.

My Gum Recession Analyzer also at is an example of an evidence-based online self-screening tool that can be a practical means to increase awareness and decrease confusion about gingival recession. Its features include:

Rapid Self-Discovery

My Gum Recession Analyzer features those gingival recession susceptibility factors and modifiable conditions that more readily lend themselves to patient self-discovery. It is designed to help the individual:

  • Discover if she/he has gum recession
  • Determine her/his susceptibility to gum recession
  • Identify exposure to any of 8 common but modifiable risks associated with gum recession

Personalized Results Report

My Gum Recession Analyzer features a printable report, which includes an estimated risk score, the self-selected susceptibility factors and modifiable conditions, and an action plan that guides the user to see her/his dentist for clinical examination and diagnosis.

My Gum Recession Analyzer and Gum Recession FAQ both align with the Perio Access® Gingival Recession Checklist and Chairside Visual Guide ( which are designed to be used in the dental operatory.

Online Self-Screening Can Be Done Anywhere – Including in Your Office

Gum Recession AnalyzerEncouraging patients to perform online self-screening and increase personal awareness augments clinicians’ efforts in determining which patients are most susceptible to gingival recession. Patients can access online knowledge resources at their convenience from smart phones or computer tablets/personal computers. Clinicians utilize online self-screening tools in a variety of ways based on personal preferences. For example, patients can be instructed to use online tools outside the practice setting before appointments, in the practice reception room, or in the dental operatory during appointments such as examinations and hygiene maintenance visits.

George K. Merijohn, DDS

San Francisco periodontist George K. Merijohn practiced 28 years and is associate professor in postdoctoral periodontics at UC San Francisco and U Washington. He is appointed special expert to the California Dental Board; serves as a consultant to dental schools, clinicians, and the legal profession; and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Dr. Merijohn leads seminars and workshops at major dental conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals with articles on mucogingival clinical decision-making, risk assessment, and the evidence-based approach. More about George >

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