A Clinician's Guide to Systemic Effects of Periodontal Diseases will serve as an ideal, easy-to-use reference for the practicing health professional. It summarizes the latest research on the systemic effects of periodontal diseases, discusses how the results of this research will impact on clinical practice, and aims to help the clinician to answer questions that may be posed by patients, medical colleagues, and the media. A central theme is the contribution of periodontal diseases to systemic inflammation but other mechanisms, such as systemic dissemination of oral pathogens, are also covered. A collaborative approach involving noted investigators in each field and medical colleagues ensures that all chapters are of clinical relevance from both a dental and a medical perspective. The book is also visually engaging, with numerous summary figures and graphics, bullet point tables, and highlight boxes identifying the most clinically significant points.
Ronald George Craig graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1978 and later gained a PhD in Oral Biology from the Department of BioStructure and Function, University of Connecticut Graduate School, University of Connecticut Health Center. He also undertook speciality training in periodontology at the Department of Periodontology, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. In 1997 Dr. Craig was appointed Associate Professor with tenure in the Divisions of Basic (Oral Medicine/Pathology) and Surgical (Periodontics) Sciences, New York University College of Dentistry, a position that he still holds. From 1998 to 2000 he served as Acting Chairman of the Department of Periodontics at the College. Since 1997 Dr. Craig's clinical practice has focused on periodontics and implant dentistry at the New York University Dental Faculty Practice. In 2008 Dr. Craig became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Craig is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for work on periodontal disease and is the author of 35 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals and 20 book chapters and reviews.