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A lack of consensus in the measurement methods for and definition of periodontitis

Mine Tezal DDS, Certificate in Periodontics, PhD in Epidemiology .


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.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

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

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019