The 3 percent problem and periodontal disease
Statistically in the U.S., 3 percent of the hygienists' production is in the 4000 codes. Based on the new AAP guidelines and recommendations to "get there early," is this good enough? If not, what is? The answer partly depends upon the practice location. Rural Montana has more periodontal need than some areas of Washington, D.C. Another part of the answer depends upon the philosophy of the doctor and his or her diagnostic tendencies. The age of your practice can also matter, especially if you already have a strong periodontal program with patients in a maintenance program and you're receiving few new patients.
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