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Routine scale and polish for periodontal health in adults

  1. Helen V Worthington1,*,
  2. Jan E Clarkson1,2,
  3. Gemma Bryan1,
  4. Paul V Beirne3

Editorial Group: Cochrane Oral Health Group

Published Online: 7 NOV 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 15 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004625.pub4


How to Cite

Worthington HV, Clarkson JE, Bryan G, Beirne PV. Routine scale and polish for periodontal health in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD004625. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004625.pub4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Dentistry, The University of Manchester, Cochrane Oral Health Group, Manchester, UK

  2. 2

    University of Dundee, Dental Health Services Research Unit, Dundee, Scotland, UK

  3. 3

    University College Cork, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Cork, Ireland

*Helen V Worthington, Cochrane Oral Health Group, School of Dentistry, The University of Manchester, Coupland III Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. helen.worthington@manchester.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New search for studies and content updated (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 7 NOV 2013

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[Figure 1]
Figure 1. Risk of bias graph: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item presented as percentages across all included studies.
[Figure 2]
Figure 2. Risk of bias summary: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item for each included study.
[Analysis 1.1]
Analysis 1.1. Comparison 1 Scale and polish versus no scale and polish (control), Outcome 1 Gingivitis at 24 months.
[Analysis 1.2]
Analysis 1.2. Comparison 1 Scale and polish versus no scale and polish (control), Outcome 2 Calculus at 24 months.
[Analysis 1.3]
Analysis 1.3. Comparison 1 Scale and polish versus no scale and polish (control), Outcome 3 Plaque at 24 months.
[Analysis 2.1]
Analysis 2.1. Comparison 2 Scale and polish at a fixed interval versus scale and polish in response to the signs and/or symptoms of perio, Outcome 1 Gingivitis at 24 months.
[Analysis 2.2]
Analysis 2.2. Comparison 2 Scale and polish at a fixed interval versus scale and polish in response to the signs and/or symptoms of perio, Outcome 2 Plaque at 24 months.
[Analysis 2.3]
Analysis 2.3. Comparison 2 Scale and polish at a fixed interval versus scale and polish in response to the signs and/or symptoms of perio, Outcome 3 Pocket depth at 24 months.
[Analysis 3.1]
Analysis 3.1. Comparison 3 Scale and polish at a fixed interval versus scale and polish at a different fixed interval, Outcome 1 S&P: 3-monthly versus 6-monthly (with OHI).
[Analysis 3.2]
Analysis 3.2. Comparison 3 Scale and polish at a fixed interval versus scale and polish at a different fixed interval, Outcome 2 S&P: 3-monthly versus 12-monthly (with OHI).
[Analysis 3.3]
Analysis 3.3. Comparison 3 Scale and polish at a fixed interval versus scale and polish at a different fixed interval, Outcome 3 S&P: 3-monthly versus 12-monthly (without OHI).
[Analysis 3.4]
Analysis 3.4. Comparison 3 Scale and polish at a fixed interval versus scale and polish at a different fixed interval, Outcome 4 S&P: 6-monthly versus 12-monthly (with OHI).
[Analysis 4.1]
Analysis 4.1. Comparison 4 Scale and polish at a fixed interval with OHI versus scale and polish without OHI at the same fixed interval, Outcome 1 S&P every 3 months with OHI versus without OHI.
[Analysis 4.2]
Analysis 4.2. Comparison 4 Scale and polish at a fixed interval with OHI versus scale and polish without OHI at the same fixed interval, Outcome 2 S&P every 12 months with OHI versus without OHI.