gingival index

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A method of recording the clinical severity of gingival inflammation. There are a large number of gingival indices used in current clinical practice: two commonly used gingival indices are modifications of the Loe and Silness Gingival Index, namely the Mandel–Chilton Gingival Index and the Modified Gingival Index. See also sulcus bleeding index.

Further Reading:

Ciancio S. G. Current status of indices of gingivitis. J Clin Periodontol 1986;13:375–8.Loe H., Silness J. Periodontal disease in pregnancy. I. Prevalence and severity. Acta Odontologica Scand 1963;21:533–51.Loe H. The Gingival Index, the Plaque Index, and the Retention Index. J Periodontol 1967;38:610–16.Marks R. G., Magnusson I., Taylor M., Clouser B., Maruniak J., Clark W. B. Evaluation of reliability and reproducibility of dental indices. J Clin Periodontol 1993;20:54–8.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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