December 17, 2013
by Partners in Prevention
For more than 10 years, the dental team has known that the 6-month dental checkup has little evidence that is beneficial for everyone. To add fuel to the fire, a recent study in The Journal of Dental Research, suggests that the frequency of dental visits for cleanings and other preventive services should be tailored to each person’s risk factors for periodontal disease.
The study found that patients with 2 or more risk factors for gum disease should have more frequent (semi-annual) professional periodontal care than those patients at low risk of this chronic inflammatory disease. The risk factors were smoking, diabetes, interleukin-1 genotype. Notably, attachment loss and pocket depth were not included as risk factors. The proxy for periodontal disease was tooth loss.
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