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J Clin Periodontol. 2008 Sep;35(8 Suppl):338-45. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2008.01279.x.

Has the prevalence of periodontitis changed during the last 30 years?

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School of Health Science, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden. Anders.Hugoson@hhj.hj.se

Abstract

AIM:

This paper reviews global trends in the change in prevalence of periodontitis over the last 30 years.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The epidemiology of periodontal disease is briefly reviewed together with the current classification system and the clinical and radiographic diagnostic methodology in periodontal disease.

RESULTS:

This review identifies the very limited number of studies that provide prevalence data over time, and this data is discussed in comparison with those stemming from a few corresponding studies from countries outside Europe.

CONCLUSIONS:

The data indicate a possible trend of a lower prevalence of periodontitis in recent years.

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