The applicability of half-mouth examination to periodontal disease assessment in untreated adult populations.

@article{Dowsett2002TheAO,
  title={The applicability of half-mouth examination to periodontal disease assessment in untreated adult populations.},
  author={Sherie A. Dowsett and George J. Eckert and Michael J Kowolik},
  journal={Journal of periodontology},
  year={2002},
  volume={73 9},
  pages={975-81}
}
BACKGROUND Data from whole-mouth examinations are the gold standard for accurate assessment of periodontal disease. Since periodontal destruction exhibits left-right symmetry, however, it is hypothesized that a half-mouth exam provides an appropriate alternative to whole-mouth assessment, with considerable advantage over a more limited partial-mouth assessment of index teeth. METHODS Data from 2 untreated populations were utilized in the analyses. Half-mouth (random diagonal quadrants) and… CONTINUE READING

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