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Public health implications of recent research in periodontal diseases

Public health implications of recent research in periodontal diseases

Journal of Public Health Dentistry 48(4): 252-256

Knowledge of the epidemiology, natural history, and bacterial etiology of the periodontal diseases has advanced considerably as a result of research conducted through the 1980s. Prevention and control of these conditions, however, remains mechanical, cumbersome, and often impractical, based as it is on bacterially nonspecific plaque removal for an indeterminate period. This research has not yet changed the content of public health programs, but it does affect the way the programs are applied. Because sever, generalized disease seems to be less prevalent than previously thought, the need of regular, routine professional care for everybody is questioned. Professional care in a public health context is likely to be more efficient when targeted toward those with severe disease. Dental health education for personal oral hygiene is still supported by scientific studies, though a targeted approach and careful assessment of educational content is needed. Until predictive screening methods for identifying susceptible individuals are developed, selection of priority groups for education and treatment should be guided by epidemiologic data.

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PMID: 3054083

DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.1988.tb03207.x

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