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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 71-80

CPITN - A Review


1 Dept. of Community Dentistry, Century International Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre Poinachi, P.O., Thelckil-671541, KAsargod District, India
2 Dean and Director, Professor and HOD, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Govt. Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore-560002, India

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In this overview, a variety of issues related to CPITN are reviewed and discussed. CPITN was developed based on existing knowledge about the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases and on the prevention and treatment philosophies of that time. Since then extensive research has been carried out and the scientific debate has continued. The chosen parameters of bleeding on probing, calculus, moderate and deep pockets are still of great importance in periodontal care, both in practice and at the community level. There are advantages in the use of CPITN, and is a good method to indicate levels of periodontal conditions in populations for which specific interventions might be considered. There are also limitations to the CPITN. Evaluation and Interpretation of the results of the CPITN surveys call for caution. The CPITN serves as a frame of reference and a basis for goal setting. It has also significantly changed global and national estimates the need for prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.


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