What is it about?

Previous studies used bacterial morphotype counts to differentiate between health and periodontal disease but did not distinguish between gingivitis and periodontitis, two different forms of periodontal disease. This paper describes a grading system to make this differentiation.

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Why is it important?

Gingivitis can be reversed with proper oral hygiene practices but if left untreated, may progress to periodontitis which may result in tooth loss.


Why some may question the significance of morphotype grading of periodontal disease, this does provide a quick microscopic diagnosis which could indicate the type of treatment required.

Emerita Professor Charlene WJ Africa
University of the Western Cape

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This page is a summary of: Bacterial morphotype grading for periodontal disease assessment, BDJ Open, January 2017, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/bdjopen.2016.11.
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