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J Periodontol. 2010 Oct;81(10):1449-54. doi: 10.1902/jop.2010.100245.

Application of a motivation-behavioral skills protocol in gingival lichen planus: a short-term study.

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Department of Oral Medicine, Murcia University Dental School, Murcia, Spain. majornet@um.es

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The main objective of the present study was to assess the efficacy of a motivation–behavioral skills protocol for plaque control in patients with gingival lichen planus.

METHODS:

A pre- and post-test descriptive clinical study was made of 40 consecutive white patients with gingival lichen planus: five males (12.5%) and 35 females (87.5%); mean age: 57 years. A motivation–behavioral skills protocol for oral hygiene was applied, with the determination of gingival scores (gingival index, plaque extension, and Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Needs [CPITN]) and patient evaluation after 4 and 8 weeks.

RESULTS:

The clinical parameters in relation to the different forms of gingival lichen planus showed statistically significant improvements for gingival index, plaque extension, and CPITN (P <0.001) as determined 4 and 8 weeks after starting the program.

CONCLUSIONS:

The application of an active prevention program in patients with gingival lichen planus is important because it offers benefits for periodontal health. However, more long-term studies are needed to confirm the results obtained.

PMID:
20572768
DOI:
10.1902/jop.2010.100245
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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