Research has shown that periodontal disease is caused by the inflammatory reaction to bacteria under the gums, so periodontal disease technically may not be contagious. However, the bacteria that cause the inflammatory reaction can be spread through saliva. This means that if one of your family members has periodontal disease, it's a good idea to avoid contact with their saliva by not sharing eating utensils or oral health equipment. If you notice that your spouse or a family member has the warning signs of a possible periodontal problem, (bleeding, red and swollen gums, or bad breath) you may want to suggest that they see the periodontist for an exam; it may help to protect the oral health of everyone in the family.
All periodontists must complete an additional two to three years of specialized training in periodontics following dental school. However, some periodontists opt to take the board certification examination, which is offered by the American Board of Periodontology once per year. Board certification in periodontology denotes someone who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty, including demonstrating a comprehensive mastery of all phases of periodontal disease and treatment and in the placement of dental implants.Recertification is required every six years.
Dr. Bleier received his Dental Degree (D.M.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and his specialty training with a Clinical Certificate in Periodontology and a Clinical Fellowship in Periodontology while at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and a Certificate in Periodontology from the Veteran's Administration in Boston, Massachusetts.
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