One of the AAP’s core value states that the Academy “advocates for the specialty within organized dentistry, dental education, and non-dental legislative bodies.”

These efforts can take many forms including partnerships with allied organizations, financial support for legislation, developmental programs, systems of recognition, the sharing of research, and much more.

The list below contains a quarterly update of how your membership strengthens the AAP and the periodontal profession.

2022- Fall/Winter

The Academy’s participation at ISPRD 2022 and EuroPerio10
The AAP once again returned to Quintessence Publishing’s International Symposium of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry (ISPRD), June 9-12, 2022. AAP staff was on hand promoting membership and administering continuing education. In addition, the AAP also had a booth presence at the EuroPerio10 meeting, June 15-18, 2022, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Panacea banking solutions for AAP members
This winter, Panacea Financial partnered with the AAP to provide preferred doctor-centric banking services to AAP members nationwide. Panacea is a financial services company created for doctors, by doctors that provides tailored product offerings and service delivery designed specifically for physicians, dentists, and veterinarians throughout their career. For more information, please visit www.perio.org/for-members/perio-perks-programs/.

The AAP’s Leadership, Engagement, Action, and Development (LEAD) Program
Every year, the AAP holds its Leadership, Engagement, Action, and Development (LEAD) program. Periodontists who have been recognized as up-and-coming leaders in periodontics come together for an interactive three days of learning, discussion, and networking. In Fall 2022, 17 participants enjoyed discussion sessions with some of the most respected thought leaders in the specialty to focus on leadership development. The AAP is proud to support the participants on their journey to become the next generation of leaders in periodontics.

The publication of the 2022 Best Evidence Consensus (BEC) on Biologics in Clinical Practice 
In Dec. 2022, the AAP published its “best evidence consensus” (BEC) panel proceedings on the topic of biologics in clinical practice. The BEC meeting brought together a panel of 20 experts to discuss the efficacy of biologics in root coverage and gingival augmentation therapy, the treatment of periodontal infrabony defects, alveolar ridge preservation/reconstruction, and implant site development. Read more about the complete BEC proceedings in the Dec. 2022 issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP).

Corporate support to provide more free and lower cost webinars
The AAP continues to work with corporate partners to create more free and low cost webinars for members. Sponsored by Noris Medical, “The Role of Zygomatic Implants in Periodontal Practice” webinar was held to examine the indications for zygomatic implants, review the anatomy pertinent for zygomatic implants, and gain the technique for safe placement of zygomatic implants. Sponsored by Philips Oral Health, the “Demystifying Implant Disease” webinar was held to teach attendees to incorporate techniques for at-the-chair and anti-inflammatory biofilm control, as well as low impact surgical methods for decontamination, degranulation, and decortication.

Educator Symposium held at the 2022 Annual Meeting
With support from TePe Oral Health Care, the AAP held its first ever in-person, all-day Educator Symposium at the AAP Annual Meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The event was attended by approximately 120 pre- and postdoctoral educators.

AAP Hour
With support from TePe Oral Health Care, the Academy introduced AAP Hour. AAP Hour is an interactive session held for residents to learn from and interact with a master clinician. Residents are given direct access to the guest speaker after reviewing pre-recorded case presentations. Topics from 2022 included, “Management of the Extraction Site: From evidence to clinical practice,” “Peri-implantitis Risk Factors and Therapeutic Outcomes,” and “Immediate Implant and Provisionization: What Have We Learned From the Past 25 Years?” with guest speakers Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, Dr. Dwayne Karateew, and Dr. Joseph Kan, respectively. Guest speakers answered residents’ questions during these live virtual events.

The Match Program
The AAP is a sponsoring organization for the Match for advanced training programs in periodontology. The Match has been in place since 2018 and is perceived as the standard for matching applicants with programs in advanced dental training and medicine. There are currently 43 periodontal residency programs participating in the Match. For more information about the Match and a list of participating programs, please visit the National Matching Service website at https://natmatch.com/dentres/directory/perio.html.

The Academy’s participation in the ADA’s House of Delegates meeting
Each year, the AAP hosts an annual breakfast in conjunction with the ADA House of Delegates meeting. AAP members who are ADA Delegates and Alternates are invited to attend. During the breakfast, resolutions pertinent to the specialty of Periodontology and any additional relevant topics are discussed. The goal is to educate Delegates and Alternates on resolutions that may affect Periodontology. Officers have provided testimonies during the Reference Committee hearings to speak in favor of or opposing relevant resolutions.

The AAP’s support of the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) ballot measure in Massachusetts
On Sept. 1, 2022, the Academy received an alert to support the Massachusetts Ballot Initiative that would establish a medical loss ratio (MLR) for all dental plans in the state. Academy representatives attended an Organized Dentistry Coalition meeting discussing more about this campaign. The AAP Trustees sent communication to their constituents supporting this initiative, including information about directly contributing to this campaign between Sept. 28 and Oct. 3. The Board of Trustees authorized a donation of $10,000 to the Massachusetts Dental Care Providers for Better Dental Benefits Committee for the purpose of supporting Massachusetts Ballot Question 2.