A lack of consensus in the measurement methods for and definition of periodontitis Critical Summary Prepared by: Mine Tezal DDS, Certificate in Periodontics, PhD in Epidemiology 

A Critical Summary of:

A systematic review of definitions of periodontitis and methods that have been used to identify this disease

Savage A, Eaton KA, Moles DR, Needleman I. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 2009;36(6):458-67

Published Date: 6/13/2011

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at :-


  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    There is a large amount of heterogeneity in the measurement methods for and definition of periodontitis in epidemiologic studies.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    This well-designed systematic review of 15 observational studies would be more informative if it had not been limited to a small number of epidemiologic studies.

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