(searched for: doi:10.1186/s12903-021-01437-y)
Acta Odontologica Scandinavica pp 1-7; https://doi.org/10.1080/00016357.2022.2052958
To evaluate different aspects of periodontal examination among Danish adolescents. In all, 521 Danish adolescents underwent a periodontal examination and answered a questionnaire concerning their self-perception of periodontal health (PH). Furthermore, 107 participants reported their pain experience during periodontal examination using a visual analog scale. The self-perception of PH and the pain experience were correlated with plaque score (PS), bleeding on probing (BOP), probing pocket depth (PPD), and interdental clinical attachment loss (CAL). Good PH was reported by 424 (81%) of the participants. However, the association between PH and PS, BOP, PPD, and CAL was small (sensitivity: 7.7, 7.8, 12.0, and 0.0%, respectively). Only 57 (11%) of the participants reported bleeding gums (BG) during tooth brushing, but the correlation with BOP showed a sensitivity of 11.7%. The specificity of both self-perception of PH and BG was high. Sixty-seven (66.6%) of the participants experienced ‘mild pain’ during periodontal examination. There were no differences in periodontal outcomes between the pain groups (p > .05). The adolescents showed a poor ability to identify themselves as having poor PH and BG, and 67 (66.6%) of the adolescents experienced mild pain during periodontal examination. The findings emphasize the need for dental staff to monitor the PH of Danish adolescents and advise them as necessary.