Determining the Patient Recall Frequency.
There have been many debates as to the most appropriate recall frequency for periodontal patients. Some clinicians have their patients return every 3 months whilst others may only see them annually. Clearly there are a number of factors that determine the frequency, such as oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes and systemic disease. The Dental Faculty at the University of Bern in Switzerland conducted a number of studies to try to determine the recall frequency of patients. They have developed an assessment tool which is available on their website.
This assessment uses a number of measures and predicts the recall frequency from the collected information.
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