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The American Academy of Periodontology has a membership of 7,500, most of whom are periodontists in practice. Like general dentists, three out of four of periodontists are in private practice. They may have a solo practice or work in a group practice with other dentists. Dentists serving in the military treat members of the military and their families. The U.S. Public Health Service also employs dentists to provide care or conduct research. Periodontists may also teach full time or part time in dental schools. Hospitals employ dentists to treat hospitalized patients. Periodontists may work in scientific research or administration at universities, private or government research institutes, and dental product manufacturers. 

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