PERIODONTICS : Guidelines for periodontal screening and management of children


Dental practitioners have an important role to play in the early recognition and diagnosis of gingival and periodontal diseases.

Management needs to incorporate effective oral hygiene practices in childhood and adolescence which should extend into early adulthood and beyond.

This document sets out the joint recommendations of the BSP and the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) for the periodontal screening and management of children and adolescents under the age of 18 years in the primary dental care setting.

It can be read alongside the original policy documents for adults from the BSP.

Dental practitioners have an important role to play in the early recognition and diagnosis of gingival and periodontal diseases.

This will ensure the greatest chance for successful treatment either within the primary dental care setting or by referral to appropriate specialist services.

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The aims of these guidelines are two fold:

1) To outline a method of screening children and adolescents for periodontal diseases during the routine clinical dental examination in order to detect the presence of gingivitis or periodontitis at the earliest opportunity.

2) To provide guidance on when it is appropriate to treat in practice or refer to specialist services, thus optimizing periodontal outcomes for children and young adolescents.

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°bsperio.org.uk
°Professor Valerie Clerehugh, Professor of Periodontology, Leeds Dental Institute; Dr Susan Kindelan, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Beeston Hill Health Centre, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust.




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