Author: Arun KV
Periodontics is a specialty that has seen immense growth in recent years, mostly for the better. The foundations of the mechanisms behind the maintenance of periodontal health and disease are being unraveled at a frenetic pace but much work is still required before our understanding is complete. In this scenario, it is imperative that postgraduate students understand the molecular basis of the various homeostatic mechanisms that maintain periodontal health and the alterations they undergo in disease. The habit of textbook reading is so deeply ingrained in us that students are loath to search journals for information that is not readily available to them. It is my earnest hope that this book would help the readers in this regard. The association between scaling and periodontics has, to my mind, outlived its usefulness. This book has been organized on the lines of other great books available in medicine. The topics on Tissue Engineering and Microbiology have been included chiefly to help exam preparation; its source can be easily traced. Genetics has focused on specific areas and requires further reading for an in-depth understanding. Any suggestions and criticisms (constructive) are most welcome. Let us all make a joint effort towards making Periodontics attain the pre-eminent position it so richly deserves.
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