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Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care

The SDCEP Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care guidance was first published in 2014. In line with SDCEP’s standard five year guidance review period, the scheduled review of the guidance topic commenced in 2019. The review process was paused in 2020 while SDCEP responded to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This work restarted in 2021 and will focus on aligning with Public Health England’s Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit and guidance from the British Society of Periodontology.

A multidisciplinary Guidance Development Group (GDG) comprising members from a range of dental specialities and patient representatives has been convened to review and update the guidance, with assistance from the Programme Development Team. Online meetings will take place in 2022.

Scoping research has been carried out to inform the update of the guidance. Information about current practice and attitudes to periodontal care was gathered by researchers working in the TRiaDS programme via practitioner surveys in 2020 and 2021.

It is anticipated that the updated guidance will be published in the latter part of 2022.

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