Dental Hygiene Periodontal Planning: Improve Care and Reimbursement


You’re probably missing out on thousands of dollars in dental hygiene services revenue and don’t even realize it. It all comes down to effective treatment planning and the management of dental hygiene periodontal procedures. And although modifying your periodontal hygiene program and improving its reimbursement can seem complicated, it doesn’t have to be.

This is where dental hygienist and expert educator, Kathy S. Forbes, RDH, BS, can help. In her 60-minute online training session, she will walk you through how to incorporate better periodontal hygiene guidelines into your practice, how to create an effective treatment plan, and how to improve coding accuracy and receive the insurance reimbursements your practice deserves (i.e. Adult Prophylaxis; Child Prophylaxis; Scaling and Root Planning 1-3 teeth/quad; Scaling and Root Planning 4+ teeth/quad; Periodontal Maintenance; combinations of these and NOW the new “Gingivitis” Procedure code [D4346]).

Here are just a few of the actionable strategies you’ll receive by ordering this 60-minute online training session:

  • Master hygiene diagnoses using both AAP Disease Classifications and Case Types
  • Accurately incorporate the new “Gingivitis” Procedure Code (D4346) into your treatment plans
  • Must-have hygiene services documentation language that reduces the number of denied insurance claims
  • Identify how perio charting for both probing and bleeding helps improve patient acceptance of dental hygiene treatment plans
  • Implement concise dental hygiene periodontal treatment planning for improved profitability
  • Apply the most accurate and current CDT procedure codes
  • And so much more…

If your dental practice is not receiving 25% of its overall revenue from your dental hygiene services, you’re losing money. Implementing periodontal procedure expectations, as well as clear treatment plan requirements, including concise documentation and accurate coding, can most certainly improve your overall revenue and profitability.

Adding a comprehensive periodontal program to your practice will benefit your patients and maximize your hygiene department’s profitability, and getting it right is up to your hygienist. They will determine your patients’ hygiene treatment plans and submit the appropriate documentation, as well as procedure codes, which most clearly describe the treatment provided so that your office staff can submit an insurance claim that most accurately reflects the procedures completed and improves the overall reimbursement you receive.

Research shows that 71% of American dental practices do not perform annual full-mouth periodontal charting. As a result, some dental problems are not being identified and you are missing opportunities to increase your practice’s revenue. Basically no one wins. It doesn’t have to be this way. Order this online training and get the tools you need to maximize your dental hygiene services and profitability. Don’t wait, order today.

Meet Your Expert

Kathy S. Forbes
RDH, BSPresident, Professional Dental Seminars, Inc

Kathy has been a dental hygienist, educator, speaker, author, consultant, seminar and study club leader for over 30 years.

She speaks frequently about the correct classification, documentation, treatment planning, procedure code selection and long-term case management for patients with periodontal disease. She is provides continuing education to state Dental Hygiene associations, the U. of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University CDE programs as well as dental offices throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her engagements also include presentations to ADA/CODHA Annual Meeting, ADHA Annual Meeting and RDH Under-One-Roof.

Kathy is a contributing author for the Insurance Solutions Newsletter, a national publication for Dr. Charles Blair and Associates, where she addresses issues related to dental hygiene procedures and proper billing practices as well as articles on similar topics published in RDH Magazine.

She currently services on the Ad Hoc CDT Working Group for ADHA, reviewing current and potential procedure codes related to dental hygiene practice. During her long career in education she most recently taught the first year Periodontics curriculum and first year clinic in the Dental Hygiene Program at Pierce College in Tacoma, WA as well as the Teaching Practicum Series for the Eastern Washington University’s Degree Completion program (at Pierce College) for licensed dental hygienists seeking their Bachelor’s Degree.

Kathy and her husband recently moved to Colorado after spending 2 years in Southern California where she served on The California Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Task Force investigating and developing procedure codes and definitions which better reflect established dental hygiene treatment protocols.


Very interesting, I like the fact that the speaker took time and gave examples of scenarios, explained the differences, and definitions.
Tracee Holt
Medical Coder, Nimiipuu Health
Very clear and concise information.
Amy Brady
financial coordinator, Thomas G. Rubino, DDS
Our staff enjoyed the webinar and found the information useful, concise, and thought-provoking.
Michellien Nguyen
Dentist, Advanced Dental Solutions
Brandi Blair
Office Admin, Azalea Family Dentistry