Philip M Ratcliffe

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BACKGROUND Single visit scale and polish is frequently carried out in dental practices however there is little evidence to support (or refute) its clinical effectiveness. The purpose of this research was to compare patient-reported outcomes between groups receiving a scale and polish at 6-, 12-, and 24-month intervals. Outcomes recorded included(More)
Objective To investigate the feasibility and benefits of placing dental undergraduates into a general dental practice setting for part of their clinical programme.Setting Two six-surgery general dental practices in the North West of England operating within the personal dental service of the NHS.Method Six volunteer final year students worked within the(More)
BACKGROUND Practice-based general dental practitioners routinely provide "scale and polish" or "oral prophylaxis" to patients attending their practices. Despite its routine provision, there is no evidence to support the clinical effectiveness of single-visit scale and polish, nor the frequency at which it should be provided. A recent systematic review(More)
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