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Clinical Considerations in the Management of Inflammatory Periodontal Diseases in Children and Adolescents

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Periodontal diseases and conditions, as defined by The 1999 International Workshop for Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions presented some significant paradigm shifts based on evidence that the transition from plaque-associated reversible gingival diseases to periodontitis can occur in children and adolescents with characteristics which were previously thought to be typical of adult periodontitis. The purposes of this paper are to present the periodontal diseases and conditions described in the 1999 workshop sponsored by the American Academy of Periodontology, review the risk factors for the development of periodontal diseases in the pediatric and adolescent populations, and present appropriate clinical periodontal assessment and management for these age groups.
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Keywords: CLINICAL ASSESSMENT; PERIODONTAL DISEASES; RISK FACTORS

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Mich. 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Mich.

Publication date: 2009-07-01

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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