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Article: Volume 45 Number 10 Page 920 - November 2018

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Periodontology:  Risk Assessment in Periodontal Disease

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Abstract: Risk assessment is vital for preventive dental care and validated technologies exist that enable the dental professional to assess a patient’s risk of developing periodontal disease. Information personalized to individual patients can be presented in a simplified format, which patients can understand, enabling them to make informed decisions on, and start taking responsibility for, their oral health.

Clinical relevance: This paper aims to explain the importance, purpose and impact of periodontal risk assessment in contemporary dental practice, where a focus on prevention and personalized biofeedback is an ethical and cost-effective way forward.

Author notes: Liz Chapple, BA(Hons), Director, Oral Health Innovations Ltd (UK supplier of PreViserTM and DEPPA technology) and Iain Chapple, PhD, BDS, FDS RCPS, FDS RCS, CCST(Rest Dent), Professor of Periodontology and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Head of School of Dentistry and Periodontal Research Group, College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust, Birmingham Dental School, 5 Mill Pool Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7EG, UK.

Objective: To explain the importance, purpose and impact of periodontal risk assessment in contemporary dental practice.