Dental Hygiene Educators

Useful links for dental hygiene educators interested in the AAP and periodontal information.

Recordings of the Dental Hygiene Symposium at AAP Annual Meetings

Audio and video recordings of the symposium and other educational sessions at the Academy's Annual Meetings and specialty conferences are available by purchase or subscription from Mobiltape Company.

An Introduction to Periodontal Surgery for Dental Hygienists

This video was created to enhance dental hygiene education in periodontics by exposing dental hygienists to some of the surgical procedures routinely performed in a periodontal office. The 45-minute video features four areas taken from the Academy’s Master Clinician series, including: Periodontal Flap and Osseous Resective (Pocket Reduction) Surgery; Bone Graft with Guided Tissue Regeneration; Soft Tissue Graft; and Dental Implant Fixture Placement. For each procedure, the rationale, indications/contraindications, post-surgical outcomes, and patient instructions are discussed. Distribution of this video to dental hygiene program directors was made possible by the generous support of the John O. Butler Company.

To download a copy of the video, please click on one of the links above. Be sure to choose the version you need—low-band (requires at least 700 kbps) or high-band (requires at least 1500 kbps). If you would like a copy of this video presentation on a DVD, contact the AAP by email at or call (312) 787-5518

AAP Publications
AAP publications for dental professionals cover a variety of topics related to the etiology, pathogenesis or treatment of periodontal diseases and the practice of periodontics.

  • Journal of Periodontology
    The Academy offers free online access to a searchable database of Journal abstracts at Since 1930, this official journal of the AAP has published original scientific articles to support practice, education, and research in the dental specialty of periodontics. In addition to abstracts, the online Journal offers full-text articles as well as enhanced features such as reference links, content alerts, and an advanced search.
  • Online Annals of Periodontology
    Volumes of the Annals of Periodontology contain papers from selected symposia and meetings of particular interest to the periodontal community. Volumes 4-8 may be accessed online.

Links to Dental Organizations
Information about the AAP Foundation, the American Board of Periodontology, and other periodontal and dental societies.

AAP Meetings and Continuing Education Course Information
At the Annual Meeting and periodic spring conferences, participants acquire new skills and techniques through continuing education opportunities, updates on current scientific research, and insight into the future of the profession.

ADA Accreditation Standards
These Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Periodontics were developed by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. Accreditation ensures students/residents, specialty boards and the public that accredited training programs are in compliance with published standards.

Request More Information
Contact AAP staff, leaders, or members to learn more about the Academy and the field of periodontics.

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