Draft guidance on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease


The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) had just made available its new draft guidance on the  prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

The Scope of the guidance is to assist and support primary care dental teams in providing appropriate care for patients both at risk of and with periodontal diseases.

The guidance aims to support the dental team to:

  • manage patients with periodontal diseases in primary care appropriately;
  • improve the quality of decision making for referral to secondary care;
  • improve the overall oral health of the population.

The guidance focuses on the prevention and non-surgical treatment of periodontal diseases in primary care.

Advice on the assessment, diagnosis and management of periodontal diseases, adequate record keeping and appropriate referral is included. The surgical treatment of periodontal diseases and the management of patients by periodontal specialists or in a secondary care setting are outwith the scope of this guidance and are not discussed in detail.

The guidance is based on existing guidelines, including those from the British Society of Periodontology, relevant systematic reviews, research evidence and the opinion of experts and experienced practitioners.

The guidance is applicable to patients of all ages in all population groups in primary care.

The Consultation period runs until the 18th October .

To access the draft guidance and feedback forms please follow this link;  SDCEP periodontal guidance page


Note : Derek Richards is a specialist adviser to the SDCEP programme.

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