Scale and polish for chronic periodontal disease

Elley K, Gold L, Burls A, Gray M
Record ID 32002000318
Authors' objectives:

This review addressed the effectiveness of dental scaling on adults with chronic periodontitis. It set out to establish whether scaling every 3 months was more effective than annual scaling and to address the costs and consequences of a change in policy on interval between dental scaling.

Authors' recommendations: In the reviewed studies, there was found to be some positive effect of dental scaling in most cases. However, the magnitude of differences between quarterly and annual scaling after one year were small and at levels which would not be clinically detectable with the equipment usually used for measuring them in primary dental care. The existing studies relate to specialist settings or groups which may not be representative of NHS General Dental Practice. Evidence confirming the above findings in the general dental population is required before a change in policy on dental scaling interval can be recommended.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Dental Prophylaxis
  • Dental Scaling
  • Periodontitis
Organisation Name: West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration
Contact Address: Elaena Donald-Lopez, West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT Tel: +44 121 414 7450; Fax: +44 121 414 7878
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Copyright: University of Birmingham
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