Priority 18 from the Oral and Dental Health PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What is the best way to prevent gum disease in individuals? (JLA PSP Priority 18)
Overall ranking 18
JLA question ID 0079/18
Explanatory note

Not available for this PSP


Scale and polish:  High quality evidence that for adults without severe periodontitis who regularly access routine dental care, there is little or no difference in gingivitis and probing depths over two to three years between routinely provided scale and polish and no scheduled scale and polish. 

For full details of the evidence checked, please see the spreadsheet of data held on the JLA website.

Health Research Classification System category Oral and gastrointestinal
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Original questions covered a range of interventions including mouthrinses, scale and polish, NHS payment to hygienists, reduction in snacking/change in diet, use of adjuncts to prevent gum disease. The questions, on the whole, did not specify age of population.
Submitted by  4 x patients, carers or members of public, 6 x health professionals
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0079
PSP name Oral and Dental Health
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP 38  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 12 December 2018