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Periodic Dental Examinations for Oral Health: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Published on: May 21, 2014
Project Number: RC0555-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the comparative clinical evidence for dental examinations every 12 months compared with other intervals for the prevention of oral disease?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of dental examinations every 12 months compared with other intervals for the prevention of oral disease?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the frequency of routine dental examinations for prevention of oral disease?

Key Message

Evidence suggests that annual or more frequent recall may result in increased tooth retention, but the ideal interval for routine dental examination is unclear. No evidence was identified examining cost-effectiveness. Younger individuals appear to benefit from annual dental exams, whereas those aged 60 years and older did not appear to benefit from annual dental exams in terms of presence of periodontal disease, but annual exams did increase the likelihood for having > 20 teeth. Those at high risk for periodontal disease may benefit from more frequent dental exams (two per year) compared to those at low risk for periodontal disease.

Tags

appointments and schedules, dental care, dental prophylaxis, office visits, preventive dentistry, dental, recall