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Act early against gum disease

BDJ Team volume 1, Article number: 14079 (2014) | Download Citation

As undiagnosed and untreated periodontal disease is one of the fastest growing areas of litigation and complaints in dentistry,1 acting early against gum disease has never been so important. The Dental Defence Union (DDU) recommends use of the Basic Periodontal Examination (BPE) to help reduce the risk of a claim for failing to diagnose periodontal disease.

First produced by the British Society of Periodontology in 1986,2 the BPE is a simple screening tool to identify your patient’s periodontal status. All patients should have the BPE performed and their score recorded, which will enable you, as a dental professional, to advise them on how to best protect their gum health.

With over 30 years’ gum care expertise, Corsodyl is committed to helping dental professionals to identify the signs of periodontitis as early as possible. Corsodyl has recently launched two free materials to help in the identification and prevention of gum disease, using the BPE.

Gum Health – A Practitioner’s Guide is a handy booklet designed to refresh your knowledge of the BPE, as well as the signs, symptoms and risk factors. Visit www.gsk-dentalprofessionals.co.uk to request your free copy.

Compatible with iPhones and iPads, the Corsodyl Guide to BPE & Gum Health mobile app is designed to be a quick reference tool for the BPE. It features a description and clinical image of each BPE code and a summary of recommended treatment. To download the free app, visit the iTunes App Store and search ‘BPE app’.

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    Product news is provided as a service to readers using text and images from the manufacturer, supplier or distributor and does not imply endorsement by BDJ Team. Normal and prudent research should be exercised before purchase or use of any product mentioned.

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    Dental Protection. Exercises in risk management. Periodontal monitoring. Available at (accessed 12 May 2014).

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    British Society of Periodontology. Basic Periodontal Examination (BPE) guidance, 2011. Available at (accessed 12 May 2014).

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