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Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care

Published June 2014
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Supporting tools

A number of supporting tools are included in the full guidance to assist the dental team follow the guidance recommendations. These are available OH TIPPS for webto download:

In 2016, the British Society of Periodontology published an update to their guidance The Good Practitioner’s Guide to Periodontology (PDF) which includes changes to the interpretation of BPE scores.  


Printed copies of the Full Guidance and Guidance in Brief (PDF) are available.

About this guidance

Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care aims to support the dental team in improving and maintaining the periodontal health of their patients. It provides clear and consistent practical evidence-based advice for the delivery of preventive care, including strategies to improve the oral hygiene of patients and for the treatment of periodontal diseases.

Guidance development

The guidance is based on a review of available evidence and the opinion of experts and experienced practitioners and has been subject to open consultation and peer review prior to finalising for publication.


The Guidance Development Group for this guidance included representatives of the British Society of Periodontology (BSP). The inclusion of the BSP logo signifies the Society’s endorsement of the guidance as a source of reliable, high quality professional advice that promotes the provision of safe and effective oral health care for patients. Further information on the SDCEP guidance development process is available.

During the development process, potential barriers and facilitators for the implementation of this guidance were identified. A Guidance Implementation Summary (PDF)of information about these is provided. For further details visit the TRiaDS website.

NICE_Accreditation_CMYKNICE has accredited the process used by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme to produce its Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care guidance. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 15 March 2016. More information on accreditation can be viewed at www.nice.org.uk/accreditation. Further information about NICE accreditation of SDCEP guidance can be viewed at NICE Accreditation.

Guidance Development Group

A Guidance Development Group, consisting of individuals from a range of branches of the dental profession with an interest in the management of periodontal diseases and a patient representative, was convened to develop and write this draft guidance, assisted by our Programme Development Team.

Name Position
Penny Hodge (Chair) Specialist Periodontist; Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School
Dean Barker Consultant/Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital
David Chong Kwan General Dental Practitioner, Dunfermline
Maxine Lee BSc Programme Lead, Oral Health Sciences, Dundee Dental Hospital
Isobel Madden Assistant Director of Postgraduate GDP Education, NHS Education for Scotland
Ian Needleman Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Evidence-Based Healthcare, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London; Representative of the British Society of Periodontology
Philip Preshaw Professor of Periodontology, School of Dental Sciences and Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University; Representative of the British Society of Periodontology
Trish Riley Tutor Hygienist/Therapist, Dundee Dental Hospital
Sam Rollings Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital
Terry Simpson General Dental Practitioner and Associate Dento-legal Adviser, Dental Protection
Brian Stevenson Consultant/Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Dundee Dental Hospital
Debbie Wearn Patient Representative

SDCEP acknowledges the important contribution of all those who commented during the consultation and peer-review stages. Information about conflict of interests is available on request.

Review and updating

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, a scheduled review of the guidance topic commenced in 2019. In parallel, SDCEP have been working with Public Health England and Cochrane Oral Health to update the Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit, which includes a chapter on prevention of periodontal diseases.

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 SDCEP is focussing on aligning with the forthcoming Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit and and guidance from the British Society of Periodontology.