June 2010
Volume 31, Issue 5

From the Co-Editor

Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD

Dear Readers,
What do our patients need? How do we, as oral healthcare providers, meet those expectations and requirements? It can sometimes be a winding and difficult path toward delivering the best services we can. Yet, we rise to this challenge with each and every patient. The Continuing Education (CE) courses that Compendium provides are designed to help you navigate and reach the final end-point: a healthy and satisfied patient.

In this issue, we present in the first CE a review of chlorhexidine and its role as an endodontic irrigant during root canal therapy. The article explores its different properties and provides clinicians with information to make more informed decisions.

In the second CE, the authors discuss how dental surgeons may need to provide periodontal plastic or implant therapy for patients with gingival manifestations of systemic conditions, known as mucocutaneous disorders. No longer considered a disease entity, these disorders present with features of desquamative gingivitis. Surgeons should be equipped with the knowledge necessary in order to provide the best care.

Part of moving our profession forward involves understanding our roots. In this issue, you will find the next installment of our four-part series on the history of dentistry. This intriguing look into the profession’s reactions to scientific, political, and social events and dentistry’s parallelisms to a changing America will help you craft a better understanding of the modern dental practice. This second installment explores the years 1900 through 1910.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of Compendium. Please visit http://www.compendiumlive.com to take CE courses and read both current and archived issues. I welcome comments and suggestions: I can be reached at lrose@aegiscomm.com. Thank you for your continuing support.


Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD

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